LBS Blockchain Society Delegate Platform

AGD Approval

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

This is a simple proposal that corrects the Aave Grants DAO aUSDT allowance that was incorrectly set previously. The originally specified amount was $812,944.90 and this proposal gives allowance to AGD for v2 USDT for this amount. Given the simplicity of this proposal and given that it only corrects an incorrectly set prior allowance, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal.

MaticX Supply Cap Increase Polygon v3

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

This is the on-chain vote for this Snapshot proposal that we voted in favour of according to our rationale posted here. Therefore, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal as well.

[TEMP CHECK] - Add support for RPL on Ethereum v3

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

RPL is the native governance and utility token of the one the largest decentralised liquid staking protocols (and one of the largest liquid staking protocols). Adding it to Ethereum v3 will allow it to be borrowed for voting purposes (governance) and to deploy staking pools (utility). The suggested risk parameters appear sensible in light of the market cap and trading volume of the token. Setting an appropriate borrow cap that is validated by the risk providers is critical given the low on-chain 24H trading volume of around $720K, and we will vote YES in favour of this TEMP CHECK with the caveat of a suitable borrow cap being set.

[ARFC] Add ENS to Aave V3 Ethereum

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

Given the need to migrate to Aave v3 and promote adoption, and given that ENS is listed on v2 Ethereum, it is logical to list it on v3 Ethereum with its more granular risk controls and allow ENS to be borrowed to a certain level as specified by the proposed borrow cap. The proposal by Chaos is conservative in terms of risk parameters and we agree with their approach. Therefore, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal.

[ARFC] Add 1INCH to Aave V3 Ethereum

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

Given that the risk parameters have been proposed by Chaos Labs, and that 1INCH is already listed on Aave v2 Ethereum, it is important to list it on v3 with the appropriate risk parameters in order to encourage migration from v2 to v3. The borrow cap seems sensible in light of the 24H trading volume of $1.6M through on-chain DEX sources. The supply cap seems high, but we recognise it reflects Chaos’ simulation data. Moreso, Chaos have confirmed that the cap was derived using Chaos’ stress testing methodology, considering the on-chain liquidity, and is also meant to allow room for migration of positions from V2. On top of this, the debt ceiling also serves to limit protocol exposure. Therefore, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal.

[TEMP CHECK] - Add support for fUSDC on Ethereum v3 Pool

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

Although Ondo Finance is a well respected institutional DeFi player, Flux Finance is a relatively new protocol. The proposal makes no mention of contract audits (notwithstanding that this is a Compound v2 fork with minor amendments). The market cap of the token is very low at around $7M. No risk parameters have been proposed yet but we consider that these should be commensurate with the low liquidity of the token.

While fUSDC is not a traded token, it can be minted and burned by deposit and withdraw of the underlying USDC token. This makes secondary liquidity unnecessary since the redemption mechanism is such that it can be redeemed 1:1 for USDC in all situations, unless the underlying Flux Lend platform is compromised, which is difficult since it is a KYC’d platform. The fUSDC oracle also uses the USDC price at all times, further tightening the link between the two tokens and ensuring that it is, by proxy, as liquid as USDC.

We will vote YES in favour of this proposal, but with two caveats: validation by the risk providers and appropriate caps set, and audits of the underlying Flux Finance contracts being completed. Without these being completed, we will vote NO in any AIP.

[TEMP CHECK] Add ARB to Arbitrum Aave v3

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

Listing the ARB token on Aave would be a sound growth strategy with minimal risk. Moving forwards, it will bring additional revenue opportunities to Aave as well as improve user experience, which contributes to building a more vibrant Aave v3 Arbitrum market. As a result, we are in support of the proposal and will vote YES.

Fix Rate Strategies Issue on Aave v2 Polygon

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

This proposal is a fix for the issues that have resulted from AIP 224 passing, with the new interest rate strategy contracts applied to WETH, WBTC, USDT, and WMATIC not allowing users to perform actions involving those assets. Given that all funds are safe and there is no extraneous impact of the fix, it is sensible to pass this AIP and resolve the issues. Therefore, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal.

wMATIC Supply & Borrow Cap Increase Polygon v3

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

There is a need to increase the wMATIC supply cap since it is at 100% utilisation. There is a missed opportunity for Aave to earn revenue if the caps are not increased, given the strong deposit flows from the Balancer bb-a-wMATIC integration, the continual growth of the yield maximising strategy, and the significant demand for borrowing wMATIC. There are 21.65M units of wMATIC that are likely to be deposited into Polygon v3, and space needs to be made for these units. Moreover, both Chaos and Gauntlet are in favour, and Chaos’ worst-case simulated scenario would result in a potential loss of $80k, which is acceptable. Therefore, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal.

[TEMP CHECK] FlashMinter Facilitator Approval

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

FlashMinting is an important tool in maintaining GHO’s peg and is therefore necessary to enable, given the efficient arbitrage and refinancing it would enable. The requested facilitator capacity is 2M GHO which seems sensible at the moment. We also agree with not setting a fee initially since we believe it is more important to maintain the peg when GHO is initially launched than it is to earn a revenue stream. Therefore, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal.

[ARC] Framework For Recognized Delegates

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

This proposal is in line with the Gas Fee Rebate proposal we posted that passed on Snapshot, and we have already agreed with this proposal on the forum here and think it is valuable for Aave to have a better defined governance structure, which this proposal enables. Moreover, the criteria selected are not too harsh but not too simple to achieve either - they present a good balance. Therefore, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal. As a note, if there is a need to re-introduce voting weight as a criteria in the future, we are open to exploring it further.

[ARC] Delegate Code Of Conduct

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

This proposal dovetails with the Recognized Delegate Framework and we are completely in line with the drive to professionalise the Aave delegate community. The code of conduct aligns perfectly with how we have been operating as an Aave delegate. We have published our rationales diligently and have a very high voting participation rate.

We agree with ACI’s feedback on Ethereum Alignment and the decision to omit it from the code of conduct - Aave should be open-minded to developments across the space and expand in a way that is most beneficial to Aave, not only Ethereum. We also agree that the best way to combat conflicts of interest is maximal transparency. Another point we are fully aligned with ACI on is around Security Optimization - we believe in placing trust in the service providers but also keep them honest by challenging them.

Therefore, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal.

Activate Emode for rETH Aave Ethereum V3

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

Adding rETH to emode can bring increased revenue to Aave given its use case for leveraged strategies. The initial approach is conservative, utilising the current borrow and supply caps, and both Chaos Labs and Gauntlet are in favour. Therefore, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal.

Aave Stablecoin E-mode changes for V3 Avalanche, Optimism, Polygon, and Arbitrum

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

This AIP simply implements the parameter changes selected by the community in the Snapshot vote. Even though existing assets will not be removed from e-mode, the parameter changes selected by the community still must be implemented. Gauntlet has provided daily updates about the affected accounts as a result of these changes and has provided ample time for affected accounts to take action. Therefore, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal and await Gauntlet and BGD Labs’ updated proposal to remove assets from e-mode as voted for by the community.

Caps Plus Risk Steward

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

This is the on-chain vote for this Snapshot vote that we voted in favour of according to our rationale here. Therefore, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal as well.

DeFi Saver Aave V3 FlashBorrowers Whitelist Part II

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

This proposal is a re-vote for AIP-196 which failed execution on the Optimism crosschain bridge. Given that this was only a technical issue and that we voted in favour of this AIP previously according to our rationale here, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal as well.

[ARFC] - Chaos Labs Risk Parameter Updates - Aave V3 Ethereum - 2023.05.18

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

Given that increasing LTVs and LTs for the specified assets on V3 Ethereum results in improved capital efficiency, a projected borrow increase of $3.6M, and a negligible increase in VaR and EVaR as projected by Chaos Labs due to the presence of adequate on-chain liquidity to support any significant liquidations, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal.

DeFi Saver Aave V3 FlashBorrowers Whitelist Part II

Vote Result: YES

Rationale

This proposal is a re-vote for AIP-196 which failed execution on the Optimism crosschain bridge. Given that this was only a technical issue and that we voted in favour of this AIP previously according to our rationale here, we will vote YES in favour of this proposal as well.