Governance members of Dai stablecoin issuer MakerDAO have approved a preliminary proposal to deposit $100 million worth of the USDC stablecoin from its reserves into a special investment account known as a "vault" managed by Yearn Finance. The vault has a limit of $100 million and is expected to earn an estimated yield of 2% per year for MakerDAO, worth $2 million.
The partnership between MakerDAO and Yearn Finance, which was first suggested in November 2022 by Yearn, a yield aggregator, still needs final approval through an executive vote. Executive Votes are the final step in the Maker Governance process and are used to implement technical changes to the Maker Protocol.
This move is in line with MakerDAO's strategy of generating income from its treasury reserves by attracting interest from both centralized and decentralized entities for partnerships where they deposit assets into the reserves.
In September 2022, Coinbase proposed that MakerDAO deposit $1.6 billion worth of USDC into its institutional platform, offering a yield of 1.5% per year. MakerDAO has also allocated USDC on various decentralized finance platforms such as Aave, Compound, and Idle Finance.
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