FIP-3 Fixed Cadence Reweights

This proposal reinstates the modified FEI price reweights on the FEI-ETH Uniswap pair. We include the following parameter changes:

  • Set reweight frequency to 4 hours
  • Lower the min distance below peg for a reweight from 1% to 0.5%
  • Transfer 100,000 ETH from the EthPCVDripper back to the FEI-ETH Uniswap pair
  • Lower reweight keeper reward to 200 FEI

Frequency

For a few reasons, we propose a reweight cadence of 4 hours. We believe it would be beneficial for reweights to be simpler, intuitive, and regular than the system described in Fei’s whitepaper. This will create a strong expectation that any deviations from the peg will soon be corrected by the protocol, and the mechanisms for this are robust and simple to understand. Regular reweights throughout the day will ensure no geographical regions are given special advantage.

In addition, faster reweight cadences allow faster relief of any remaining sell pressure. Our simulations suggest that if there is a sell pressure of 200 million FEI, and that FEI wants to exit at or above $0.99, a four-hour cadence should relieve the pressure in about 6 days. For context, there are ~500 million user-controlled FEI in circulation, and only ~200 million are not staked or time-locked. The true amount of remaining sell pressure might be much lower than 200 million FEI.

Minimum Distance Below the Peg

Lowering the minimum distance for a reweight to 0.5% fosters a tighter peg. Reweights could be triggered more frequently and at a lower cost to the protocol.

This parameter choice further cements the notion that the protocol will be defending the peg using PCV at closer ranges to $1. Governance allows the parameters to be adjusted in the future based on market conditions.

Returning ETH to the FEI-ETH pair

Most of the 300k ETH allocated for $0.95 redemptions from FIP-2, were not used as of posting, with more than 200k ETH remaining. Returning 100k ETH to the FEI-ETH uniswap pair will enable reweights to be more effective by creating a higher liquidity depth and removing additional FEI from circulation to restore the price. This in turn would reduce the amount of reweights needed to restore FEI to its peg under a certain amount of selling volume.

Reallocating the ETH does run the risk of the EthPCVDripper running out of funds during the 3 days of the DAO vote, so the Guardian would pause the dripper in the event that the amount in the dripper approaches 100k.

Keeping some ETH in the EthPCVDripper helps provide a strong backstop at $0.95 in the event of unforeseen volatility.

Lowering Keeper Reward

Traders who want to sell FEI are incentivized to trigger reweights regardless of whether there is a direct reward for FEI keepers, asthey would want a better exchange rate on their trade.

Lowering the FEI reward to 200 allows the protocol to reduce FEI inflation on the reweights which could occur over 2 thousand times a year with the 4-hour cadence. The true number would likely be lower, as this assumes a reweight in every 4 hour interval.

Timeline

Normally, proposals should go through a Snapshot vote to allow for broader participation from FEI-TRIBE stakers and holders who do not want to pay gas to vote on the DAO. This practice is suitable for general signaling of support. This proposal is being submitted directly to the DAO, as it is restoration of protocol functionality, and there is a broad sentiment that the peg should be restored as quickly as possible.

May 3, 10am PT - submit to the DAO

May 3, ~10pm PT - voting begins

May 5, ~10:30am PT - voting ends

May 6, ~10:30am PT - new code is executed if passed

Proposal Steps

  1. Grant PCV Controller role to the new EthUniswapPCVController
  1. Grant the Minter to the new EthUniswapPCVController
  1. Revoke the PCV Controller role from the old EthUniswapPCVController
  1. Revoke the Minter role from the old EthUniswapPCVController
  1. Withdraw 100,000 ETH from the EthPCVDripper to the EthUniswapPCVDeposit
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Why not raise the lower redemption bound from .95 to .99 before implementing re-weights? Seems like that would be a less chaotic, more predictable solution, and achieve the goal of relieving sell pressure faster.

probably because that might call for another vote, and accomplishes relatively little