MakerDAO continues to diversify its investments, with details inside.

The MakerDAO community has approved a proposal to deposit up to $1.6 billion in USD Coin (USDC) with Coinbase Prime, where it will earn 1.5%.

Coinbase Institutional presented the proposal on September 6th, and it was approved with 75% of the votes cast on October 24th. The USDC represents one-third of the treasury underpinning the Peg Stability Module, which allows users to deposit security in exchange for DAI, Maker’s stablecoin pegged to the US dollar. MakerDAO shared this update in a recent tweet.


The Nitty-Gritty

Coinbase Prime is a prime broker platform for cryptocurrency investments at an institutional scale. It is an end-to-end solution for institutional use, encompassing advanced multi-venue agency trade execution and custody of assets, as well as the whole transaction lifecycle. Aside from that, it also has data and analytics, reporting, prime financing, and staking infrastructure.

After the adoption of MIP 81, MakerDAO enrolled in Coinbase’s institutional rewards pilot program, allowing it to earn 1.5% on USDC held in custody by Coinbase.

The DAO Peg Stability Module (PSM), which is in charge of handling the governance fees the MakerDAO generates from swaps, will be available on Coinbase around the clock, every day of the year.

Following the approval of the MIP 81 proposal, the MIP 82 proposal was also approved. The approval of this proposal would enable the MakerDAO community to issue a USDC loan to Coinbase in the amount of $500 million.

The collateral would be in the form of ETH and BTC, with the loan to be facilitated by the PSM at an interest rate ranging from 4.5% to 6% per month.

Possible retracement and rally in view

In the 12-hour time frame, MKR did not seem impressed with the latest development, as no spikes could be seen in movement. However, the trend line on the chart showed that the asset had been on an upward trend.

On 22 September it hit a low of about $563, but it had since recovered, increasing by more than 60%. MKR was up more than 1% as of this writing, fetching a price of about $930.

There was a lot of volatility in the asset, as seen in the 12-hour timeframe chart, with the price swinging up and down several times.

But $797.8 and $657.9 were where the support line showed up. This level of support was tested, and it appeared to be holding. Below the price action, the short and long Moving Averages, represented by the yellow and blue lines, were visible, both acting as support.

The areas surrounding $1,082.7 and $1,224.6 acted as resistance.

Source: TradingView

Fibonacci Retracement analysis applied to the 12-hour time frame showed additional downside potential for MKR. An eventual retracement to the 0.618 level is possible, which would mean a drop to roughly $800. Once it reaches the support level, it could then begin to rally again, with a potential target of $1,600.

As of this writing, USDC had a market cap of approximately $43 billion, making it the sixth largest cryptocurrency by Coinmarketcap’s metrics. DAI ranked thirteenth, with a market cap of about $6 billion.

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