Lido developer: DAO should sell $17 million of ETH to 'prepare for bear market'

Quick Take

  • The proposal asked Lido DAO to sell 10,000 ETH to cover operational expenses for the next two years.
  • Lido DAO holds $230 million in total within its treasury.

A Lido Finance core developer has put forward a proposal asking its governance platform to sell 10,000 ether (ETH) ($17 million) from its treasury funds — in case of a prolonged market downturn.

The developer, who goes by kadmil, recommended that the governance platform, known as Lido DAO, should diversify around half of its ETH into stablecoins to pay for Lido's operations for the next two years. “We propose to sell 10,000 ETH of treasury funds to DAI. This should cover about two years for 50-people team & ops expenses of the protocol maintenance budget,” the proposal stated. 

Kadmil expressed concerns that if the price of ETH spiraled down in future against the US dollar, the DAO will have far fewer resources for operational overhead and reimbursement of DAO contributors.

Lido Finance is a liquid staking protocol that allows users to unlock the value of their staked tokens for capital efficiency. It's currently the leading liquid staking protocol on Ethereum. 


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According to kadmil, Lido pays its operational expenses in stablecoins like USDC, whereas LDO tokens are only used to reward liquidity providers as well as referral bonuses. As such, the proposal focused on selling only half of its unstaked ETH to build up its stablecoin reserves.

At the same time, the proposal asked the DAO not to sell any of its own LDO governance tokens as that would put “unnecessary price pressure” on its price.

It's not clear yet whether this proposal will be put to an on-chain vote or whether it will be approved in the end. Having said that, it does indicate Lido's willingness to reduce exposure to ETH and to play it safe in case of a drawn-out bear market. But it's already quite late; the price of ETH is down 48% this year alone.

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Vishal Chawla is The Block’s crypto ecosystems editor and has spent over six years covering tech protocols, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Vishal likes to delve deep into blockchain intricacies to ensure readers are well-informed about the continuously evolving crypto landscape. He is also a staunch advocate for rigorous security practices in the space. Before joining The Block, Vishal held positions at IDG ComputerWorld, CIO, and Crypto Briefing. He can be reached on Twitter at @vishal4c and via email at [email protected]