[ARFC] GHO Stewards + Borrow Rate Update

title: [ARFC] GHO Stewards + Borrow Rate Update
author: @karpatkey_TokenLogic + @ACI + @ChaosLabs
created: 2024-03-13


In response to recent market events, this publication proposes increasing the GHO Borrow Rate and amending GHO Steward’s capabilities to better respond to varying market conditions.


In response to recent stable coin rates increasing and Maker DAO’s recently proposed changes, detailed here, this publication seeks to amend the current GHO Interest Rate strategy and better equip the GHO Stewards to respond to evolving market conditions.

Given Maker is progressing via an accelerated progress, we suggest the Aave DAO should implement this proposal via the Direct-to-AIP progress. The GHO Borrow Rate is to be adjusted from 7.49% to 13.00% to match the DSR.

The chart below shows the last 7 days hourly borrow rates.

Screenshot 2024-03-13 at 11.52.50

The table below shows the average Borrow Rate over longer duration time horizons. There is a clear trend which is also noted in this ARFC.

Screenshot 2024-03-13 at 18.47.03

The Maker DAO proposal is expected to lead to higher borrowing rates. To enable GHO to continue growing with improved peg stability, this proposal acts to heavily reduce the Borrow Rate arbitrage opportunity created by incrementally increasing the GHO Borrow Rate within the current approved Direct-to-AIP process.

This publication grants the GHO Stewards additional flexibility. The maximum the GHO Borrow Cap implemented by the GHO Stewards is to be increased from 50M to 100M. This clears the path forward in the near term as we look to grow GHO supply.

In addition, the Max GHO Borrow Rate Adjustment has been revised from 0.50% to 5.00% to enable the GHO Stewards to better accomodate potential volatility in the market. This is a maximum limit for which the Borrow Rate can be changed at any one time.

The frequency at which the Borrow Rate can be adjusted is to be reduced from 5 days to 2 days. This provides the ability to move quickly when larger Borrow Rate changes are needed over short spans of time.

The overal maximum GHO Borrow Rate that can be implemented by the stewards is 25.00%. As a result, the GHO Stewards can increase the Borrow Rate by a maximum of 5.00%, every 2 days, up to a maximum of 25.00%.

With the volatility of GHO trending lower over time and the peg improving, the previous requirement, “the monthly average price of GHO stays outside a 0.995<>1.005 price range” relating to the GHO Stewards ability to adjust the Borrow Rate is to be removed. This grants the GHO Stewards the ability to increase the Borrow Rate independent of GHO price performance.


Implement the following changes:

Description Current (%) Proposed (%)
Non Discounted Borrow Rate 7.48% 13.00%
stkAAVE Discount 30.00% 30.00% (no change)
Discounted Borrow Rate 5.24% 9.10%

In addition to implementing the above changes, upon a successful AIP vote, this publication grants the GHO Stewards the ability to increase the GHO Borrow Cap up a maximum of 100M.

The GHO Stewards can increase the GHO Borrow Rate by a maximum 5.00% over a 2-day period up to a maximum of 25.00%.

Description Current Proposed
GHO Borrow Cap 50M 100M
Max GHO Borrow Rate Adjustment 0.50% 5.00%
Max GHO Borrow Rate 9.50% 25.00%
Minimum Frequency of Change 7-Days 2-Days

All other parameters that the GHO Stewards can change remains the same and for easy reference, are shown below:

Description [ARFC] GHO Stewards
GHO Aave Bucket Capacity 100% Increase
GSM Exposure Cap 100% Increase
GSM Bucket Capacity 100% Increase
GSM Price Strategy
GSM Fee Strategy + 0.5%
GSM Price Range (Freeze, Unfreeze)


TokenLogic, ACI, Chaos Labs and karpatkey receive no payment for this proposal. TokenLogic, ACI and karpatkey are both delegates within the Aave community.

Next Steps

  1. Gather feedback from the community.
  2. If community is supportive, submit an AIP using the Direct-to-AIP process to enact the proposed changes swiftly.


Copyright and related rights waived via CC0.


I would also contemplate increasing the borrow cap, more predictability is needed. Thanks.

Now the market is in great demand for GHO, but the capacity of increasing to 100 million US dollars obviously cannot meet the demand, it is recommended to increase to more than 1 billion, we have to take this wave of bull market, so that GHO is accepted by more people, I think if there is no risk, we should step forward

In response to the latest DSR adjustment the proposal has been amend to reflect a Borrow Rate of 13.00%, previously 15.00%.

A Snapshot vote has been created here.

Start date Mar 22, 2024, 9:12 PM
End date Mar 25, 2024, 9:12 PM


Are you implying that after this vote the idea is to increase the borrow cap?

This vote will result in the GHO Steward Role and the Borrow Rate being updated. More generally, we expect the GHO Stewards to increase the Borrow Cap soon, gradually.

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