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Investments
As one of the Merit Circle DAOโ€™s key verticals, investment has been the driving force behind our success so far. Operating as a hybrid of hedge and venture capital funds, we are creating a robust and resilient treasury that can withstand anything. This vertical consists of venture, token and NFT investments as well as yield-farming operations.
The Merit Circle DAO is in a truly unique position with the ability to offer far more value to our portfolio projects than any other fund.

How does this vertical work?

As one of the four verticals, Merit Circle Investments plays a crucial role in supporting and funding operations through the management of the DAO treasury. This management entails creating short- and long-term strategies to acquire and dispose of the DAOโ€™s portfolio holdings. These include not only token and NFT investments but also yield-farming operations.
Our investment strategies are governed by mandates set by the DAO, as well as executed through proposals put forth and voted on by its contributors. The aim of this vertical is to run the treasury as a fund, focusing on improving its long-term risk-adjusted returns by deploying every idle asset into quality investments. To summarize, the investment vertical:
  • finds appealing investment opportunities for the DAO
  • holds advisory positions in portfolio projects to ensure consistent performance
  • involved in yield-farming to assure consistent rewards on idle cash positions
  • implements several mandates that allow for sustainable development of the DAO
  • allows the $MC holder to receive rewards from the DAO's performance through the staking portal

Treasury reports

Transparency is of the utmost importance for us at the Merit Circle DAO. We cannot overstate how strongly we believe that operating transparently is vital to creating a healthy community. Therefore, when reporting about our treasury status and where we are now, we try to be as clear as possible. Accounting is not the most fun, but we want to lead by example here.
This is currently done through our monthly treasury reports where we share a clear breakdown of all the assets of the Merit Circle DAO. You can find a repository of all the available treasury reports below.

Yield-farming

Staking positions as of 31st of March 2022
We have to admit, as simple people, we like farming. Through various proposals, we have deployed close to $30 million in stablecoins across various farms. In the image above, you can see a breakdown of all the tokens we are currently staking that are generating significant returns for the DAO.
The aim here is to find low-risk yield-farming opportunities for our cash assets that are sitting idle, waiting to be put to use. In the meantime, these assets could generate, and currently are generating, roughly 5% to 20% APR. This is significant additional income for the Merit Circle DAO that should not be overlooked.
Notable proposals:

Liquidating assets

Investing in the right projects means the possibility of generating significant returns. Weโ€™ve seen many of our investments perform incredibly well, forcing us to create a clear strategy on what to do with these proceeds. Therefore, a specific set of rules had to be put in place.
Initially, as a DAO, we voted on MIP-6, an Early Stage De-risking Mandate. In short:
This proposal gives the DAO a venue to de-risk early-stage token and NFT investments at the time they become liquid. By mandate, the DAO would be able to do so quickly and flexibly, giving it more opportunities to benefit from short-term market conditions. It will also reduce the amount of governance overhead for something that is, in our opinion, a clear win for the DAO.
While this approach was officially embraced by the DAO, DAO contributors thought that creating a larger treasury in terms of USDC value wasnโ€™t the most beneficial way of utilizing these proceeds. Thatโ€™s why MIP-7, the โ€˜Sustainable Future Visionโ€™, was brought to life. This is best summarized as follows:
This proposal has the purpose of creating a sustainable ground for the future of Merit Circle and the MC token. We propose to use the proceeds from realized gains on investments across various investments done by the DAO to be deployed in a structured manner. This consists of using one part to re-fill the treasury in USDC, one part buying back MC tokens for the treasury and the remaining part burning a part of the MC tokens bought back.

Staking portal

One way of tying everything together is our staking portal. Although more advanced than most staking modules, our current staking module is still relatively simple and straightforward. We aim to make it more complex and offer a wider range of options.
More about the staking portal can be found here.
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How does this vertical work?
Treasury reports
Yield-farming
Liquidating assets
Staking portal