There Are More DAI on Compound Now Than There Are DAI in the World

We might be entering into the era of genetically modified yield farming. Or maybe decentralized finance (DeFi) just doesn’t make sense anymore.

There are currently far more DAI in supply on Compound than there are DAI in the world, at least according to the numbers reported by Compound’s website. Assuming that nothing has gone awry there, the numbers seem impossible. But they might not be.

Liquidity on Compound is shifting dramatically between assets as new rules for distribution of its governance token, COMP, take effect.

Compound’s website reports a gross supply of 401 million DAI right now even though there are only 148 million DAI in existence, according to DAI Stats.

The total supply of DAI on Compound skyrocketed as well, going from $42 million Wednesday to $173 million today.

The most reasonable explanation for this is that Compound counts each deposit of DAI as additional gross supply, even if that DAI was just borrowed and re-deposited. So imagine there were 100 DAI and a user deposited 200 USDC. They could then borrow all that DAI and deposit again. Many users are probably running a few wallets to make this work more easily.

As Electric Capital’s Ken Deeter put it in an email to CoinDesk, “Note that this is actually what banks do with USD as well. If I deposit $100, and $90 gets lent out, someone gets paid with that $90 and they deposit it in the bank. Now there’s $190 in the bank even though there was only $100 to start with.”

At about 21:00 UTC on Thursday, Instadapp put out the message that it was time to move deposits from USDT to DAI in order to maximize yields and it seems like users took note.

As we previously reported, the addition of COMP yields makes these machinations very lucrative.

The price of COMP is $178.80, as of this writing.

Rules change

A rules change went into effect Thursday that tweaked the incentives for those looking to mine new COMP.

Previously, the rules had favored the basic attention token (BAT) market…

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