MakerDAO (MKR) to Deploy $100 Million to DeFi Protocol Yearn Finance

The decentralized finance platform expects to earn around 2% annually on its deposit.

Rune Christensen in front of Yearn Finance logo.
  • About 72% of MakerDAO voters voted in favor of a proposal to invest $100 million in USDC on Yearn Finance.
  • MakerDAO will earn an approximate 2% yield on its deposit.
  • The proposal must still go through an executive vote to be considered legit.
  • MakerDAO invested $500 million in U.S. treasuries and corporate bonds last October and moved $1.6 billion to the Coinbase Custody program to earn a 1.5 yield last November.

MakerDAO (MKR), one of the largest decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms in the world, has voted in favor of a proposal to deploy $100 million in USDC to Yearn Finance to earn a yield.

Around 72% voted in favor of the proposal submitted in November of last year.

Maker is now going to open an individual non-custodial vault at Yearn Finance and deposit a max of $100 million in USDC from its Peg Stability Module (PSM), which is there to back the value of Maker’s flagship decentralized stablecoin DAI.


This investment strategy will allow Maker to earn around a 2% yield on its deposit.

MakerDAO’s Moves to Increase Revenue

MakerDAO has been looking at where to park some of its $7 billion in PSM to earn additional yield and increase revenue since last year.

In October, the DAO voted to deploy $500 million in U.S. treasuries and corporate bonds. A few weeks later, it moved $1.6 billion of USDC to Coinbase’s custody program Coinbase Custody to earn 1.5% of yield.


However, in late November, MakerDAO rejected CoinShares’ offer to invest $100-$500 million of its reserves in corporate debt securities and government-backed bonds.

As for the yield on MakerDAO’s stablecoin DAI, the community has recently voted to increase the DAI rewards rate, known as DAI Savings Rate (DSR), to 1% from 0.01%.

MakerDAO is the second largest DeFi platform with $8.24 billion in total value locked (TVL), according to data from DefiLlama. Lido, the liquid ETH staking provider, recently overtook it.

MakerDAO’s DAI is the largest decentralized stablecoin, with a $5.1 billion market cap.

On the Flipside

  • The proposal still awaits an executive vote to be considered fully legit.

Why You Should Care

MakerDAO is one of the largest DeFi platforms in the market. Its decision to continue to earn revenue by deploying funds from the PSM is indicative of the difficult overall DeFi environment.

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Arturas Skur

Arturas Skur is a cryptocurrency news reporter at DailyCoin who covers Web 3.0 domains, DeFi, and Ethereum Layer-2s. With over five years of experience in journalism and public relations, Arturas brings his critical thinking and analytical abilities to deliver insightful news stories. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing with his dog, and reading.