Yearn has decided to make governance pay.
Yield aggregator Yearn Finance has closed the vote on its new tokenomics. Once implemented, holders of its YFI governance token will need to stake their tokens to participate in governance, but in doing so they will be able to earn more YFI.
Yearn will use protocol profits to buy YFI tokens off the open market and distribute it back to stakers, while also maintaining a fixed operational fund of $30M.
The proposal passed with 99% of YFI voters supporting the change.
YFI is trading 35% higher since the vote closed on Dec. 28, at $35,410 at mid-day New York time.
Inspired by Curve
Yearn is following the lead of automated market maker Curve Finance, with the revamped tokenomics intended to limit liquid supply and foster long term price appreciation. Decentralized finance tokens have struggled to hold value this year even as more and more people use DeFi.
“At this pace 1 $YFI will be more than 1 $BTC any day now. And it’ll certainly see $100k before BTC does,” Cinneamhain Ventures’ partner Adam Cochran tweeted this weekend. “The spot market is just so thin and buybacks + locking haven’t even started yet.”
YFI remains around $8,000 behind the price of BTC.
In 2021, Yearn has been able to buy roughly 300 YFI with profits, according to the authors of the newly passed Yearn Improvement Proposal. The authors estimate that $30 to $35M worth of YFI will be distributed annually to users who stake their tokens.
The authors of the newly passed proposal argued, “The new design does not create a drain on Treasury assets. Instead there are reinforcing flywheel effects where tokenomics rewards drive more TVL, that in turn drive more fees, that in turn drive more YFI buybacks, that is then used to reinforce the tokenomics.”