IMO it is worth installing metamask and having a look yourself. What you will be looking at is a decentralized permission-less financial instrument that tracks the USD.

Anyone in the world can now potentially exchange USD-pegged tokens in an open access trustless system. That is no small thing.


It's not a good collateral against crypto crashes, in case people got that impression, since it's mostly pegged to USD via ETH:

    The greatest risks to Single-Collateral Dai:

    ETH price crash

    The greatest threat to Single-Collateral Dai will of course always be a massive crash in price of ETH, since ETH is the only collateral type. If the price of ETH crashes so much that the system becomes net undercollateralized, all PETH and CDPs become worthless. Importantly, Dai holders will keep their claim on the leftover ETH. When global settlement is activated after a massive price crash, Dai holders will all receive a proportional claim to the underlying ETH, just like is normally the case with Global Settlement. However, Dai holders may also suffer a haircut in this scenario if the total value of the underlying ETH isn’t sufficient to cover the face value of the total outstanding Dai. ETH can’t be siphoned off by third parties or unfairly claimed by participants in this scenario.

    As an example, if the total supply of Dai is 1 million, and the total value of the underlying ETH collateral is 800,000 USD, and global settlement is activated, every Dai will become a claim on 0.8 USD of ETH (based on the ETH/USD price feed at the time of global settlement). This would mean a 20% haircut to Dai holders.

posted by mk: 245 days ago