YIP 38: Distribute/Keep Balancer Rewards


Keep seized $BAL tokens as part of operational capital instead of distributing to old governance pool $BPT stakers.


~891 $BAL (~18500$) tokens were sent to one of the previous distribution pools. These tokens are seized and sitting in mutisig wallet now. We either have to distribute them or keep for operational capital.


Since $BALs belong to BPT stakers it is essential to decide what we should do with tokens.

However, the amount of $BAL seized is 3 times lower than protocol fees generated within a week (18k vs 60k). Therefore, I propose to keep $BALs on multisig and count them towards operational capital, rather than writing custom claim contract – this solution safes time and gas.


Largest staker should get ~31% (~5735$) of all $BAL tokens, see graph:


While this might sound impressive there is a bunch of small stakers eligible for less than 8$. Taking into account current gas prices, fact that people have to claim there $BAL themselves I argue that it is more reasonable to keep $BAL as operational capital for team.

Moreover, this proposal saves time cause we skip writing custom distribution contract.

For: Keep $BAL for operational capital.

Against: Allow stakers claim $BAL.


  • For: Keep $BAL for operational capital.
  • Against: Allow stakers claim $BAL.
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If this is passed how does it interact with the $500K cap on operational capital in the treasury from YIP-36?



Exactly as per proposal, seized $BAL is considered operational capital which implies that it counts towards 500k cap.


This would get us well underway for an auditing and expenses that Andre needs to make sure all is secure. I am for this 100%


Like the idea, however what if BAL prices increases and gas prices fall? Could this be voted again in the future?

Im worried if the ecuation changes and vault holders start wanting to cash that. Unlikely I guess but something to have in mind

If the governance vote to keep CRV, why are we even wasting time on this YIP :stuck_out_tongue:
BAL will stay in governance. More money to do more audit I guess.

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These BAL rewards could also be utilized as another governance mechanism for YFI holders. I’m not sure how valuable having representation in Balancer governance is for YFI & yEarn (as compared to Curve) but I believe we should leave the option open.


With 98/2 ratio, the bal rewards are very low. Just keep them.

Would it maybe be worth simply selling them off and investing them back into yCRV? They’re not currently earning any yield as is, and with yCRV they obviously would.

I think especially if this YIP is approved (which I’m guessing it will) then it makes sense to have another one to convert them into yCRV.

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The value in them returns to YFI holders either way, either through filling the treasury faster and moving back to dividends, which holders can use to buy BAL if they wish, or the much less gas efficient means of claiming to get to the same place. Easy vote FOR.

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Great find @banteg, we should keep an eye on this to see if something like this passes as it can create another avenue of passive income from our BAL

Implemented: BAL was liquidated for USDC