HIP 8: Onboard Two New Collateral Rulesets


This improvement proposal seeks the following:

  • Approve Collateral Rulesets for Residential Construction Collateral and Horse Collateral
  • Onboard $RCC1 (Residential Construction Collateral 1) ERC-20 Token, a digital representation of collateral value which adheres to the Residential Construction Collateral Ruleset.
  • Onboard $HC1 (Horse Collateral 1) ERC-20 Token, a digital representation of collateral value which adheres to the Professionally Managed Racehorse Collateral Ruleset.
  • Enter into a Designation Agreement with Mainframe Group, Inc. as HIFI DAO’s Designee, to represent the DAO’s interests overseeing all borrowing that adhere’s to these two Collateral Rulesets.
  • Enter into an Agreement of Association with Finance Ventures as a Lending Partner, to allow Finance Ventures to leverage Hifi’s on-chain liquidity for loans to their customers in accordance with these two Collateral Rulesets.
  • Approve new System Wide Credit Limits for each ruleset.


Both $RCC1 and $HC1 ERC-20 tokens will have a fixed oracle value of $1 per token. Collateral tokens represent the value of the Lending Partner’s customer deposits. The Designee is responsible for validating valuations and minting new collateral tokens into existence. These tokens cannot be liquidated on-chain, and so appropriate provisions exist in the contracts for liquidation of the real-world assets.

A new system wide credit limit empowers the designee to legally enforce an upper limit on borrowing, even if technically it is possible to borrow more from the protocol. This is necessary to encourage healthier loan to value ratios and have a mechanism in place to balance the types of collateral HIFI token holders would like to lend against at any given time.

$RCC1 Parameters:

  • Collateral Ceiling: 10M
  • System Wide Credit Limit: $5M
  • 125% collateralization ratio (80% loan-to-value)

$HC1 Parameters:

  • Collateral Ceiling: 20M
  • System Wide Credit Limit: $5M
  • 166.67% collateralization ratio (60% loan-to-value)

Residential Construction Ruleset

  • Property Requirements
    • Residential properties only (single-family, multi-family, townhomes, condominiums).
    • Minimum property value of $500,000.
  • Borrower Qualifications
    • No loans to individual borrowers, professionally managed business entities only.
    • The Borrower must agree to not grant any other party a security interest in the Collateral without the Lender’s prior written consent.
    • Personal Guarantee: Borrowers with good credit who wish to pledge other personal assets as additional collateral may do so at an effective LTV ratio of 50% on these assets. These assets require an independent third-party appraisal or a recent purchase of at least a 25% ownership stake of the asset to determine their fair market value.
  • Loan Terms
    • Loan origination fee of 1-2% of the loan amount.
    • Maximum Loan-to-Value (LTV) Ratio of 80%.
    • Loan term up to 24 months for construction, with an option for a 12-month extension, and should only extend through the construction phase of the project.
    • Maximum loan amount of $2 million per property.
    • Prepaid interest or Interest-only payments during construction, followed by principal and interest payments.
    • Approved, independent third-party appraisal required.
    • Collateral may include other land or property. Subject to the same appraisal and LTV requirements.
  • Disbursement
    • Funds are disbursed in stages as construction milestones are met. The exact schedule can vary depending on the project, but the following draw schedule provides a guide for Lenders to adhere to:
      1. Initial draw: This covers the cost of permits, plans, and initial site preparation. It’s usually a larger percentage of the total loan, around 10-20%.
      2. Foundation: Typically 10-15% of the loan.
      3. Framing: Including the roof, windows, and doors, 15-20% of the loan is disbursed.
      4. Rough mechanicals: Rough electrical, plumbing, and HVAC, 10-15% is released.
      5. Insulation and drywall: Insulation and drywall, another 10% of the loan is typically disbursed.
      6. Finishing: Interior finishes like trim, cabinets, and flooring, 10-15% is released.
      7. Final draw: The remaining 10-15% of the loan is disbursed after the final inspection and a certificate of occupancy is issued.
    • Before each draw is released, the lender sends an inspector or checks government records to verify that the work has been completed according to the plans and building codes. The borrower is responsible for submitting draw requests and providing any necessary documentation.
    • Interest is charged only on the amount of money that has been disbursed at each stage.
  • Lender Requirements
    • As appropriate, perfect your security interest and establish priority over future creditors.
    • If there are existing liens on the collateral, consider requiring the borrower to obtain subordination agreements from the other creditors to ensure your priority position.
    • Documentation and Due Diligence:
      • Comprehensive loan application and supporting documentation.
      • Detailed project budget and timeline.
      • Contractor agreements and necessary permits.
      • Title insurance and hazard insurance.
      • Regular inspections and progress reports during construction.

Professionally Managed Racehorse Ruleset

  • Collateral Requirements:
    • Must be a racehorse or racehorse syndicate.
    • Can be either a single horse or multi-horse syndicate.
    • Approved, independent third-party appraisal required.
    • Profesional Management:
      • Minimum 3 years of experience in professional racehorse management.
      • Proven track record of successful horse training, racing, or breeding.
      • Financially stable.
    • Insurance coverage
      • Individual racehorses: required for all individual racehorses.
      • Multi-horse syndicates: required on any horses actively racing and the appraised value of the individual horse is above $200,000.
      • When possible, the Lending Partner must be named as an additional insured party on the policy.
  • Borrower Requirements:
    • Provide quarterly updates on horse health and racing performance.
    • Provide updated appraisals upon significant events (e.g., major wins, injuries).
    • Permit Lending partners to exercise their right to inspect collateral annually.
    • Must agree to not grant any other party a security interest in the Collateral without the Lender’s prior written consent.
  • Loan Terms:
    • Loan origination fee of 1-2% of the loan amount.
    • At a minimum, require monthly interest payments and annual principal payments.
    • Loan-to-Value (LTV) Ratio
      • Individual racehorses: Lend up to 50% of the horse’s fair market value (FMV).
      • Multi-horse syndicates: Lend up to 60% of the syndicate’s net asset value (NAV).
    • Personal Guarantee: Borrowers with good credit who wish to pledge their personal assets as an additional layer of collateral backing the loan may do so at an effective LTV ratio of 50% on these additional assets. The assets included as a part of a personal guarantee require an independent third-party appraisal or a recent purchase of at least a 25% ownership stake to determine their fair market value.
    • Exclusions:
      • Geldings are expressly excluded from consideration as collateral as both an individual racehorse and as apart of a Multi-horse syndicate, due to their inability to contribute to breeding potential, which significantly impacts their long-term value assessment and liquidity considerations in the equine market.

Designee Role

Consistent with other collateral requirements the DAO appointed designee will oversee and represent Hifi DAO’s interests in the transaction. This includes reviewing reports and updates provided by Lending Partners and ensuring compliance with DAO approved collateral rulesets. The key updates HIFI token holders should understand are that the Designee is responsible for both minting collateral tokens equal to the value of the lending partner’s customer deposits and for enforcing DAO set credit limits.

Lending Partners

The lending partner is responsible for driving demand for protocol sourced liquidity, administering loans to borrowers, and liquidating assets when appropriate. Lending partners are required to keep accurate records and source independent third-party appraisals for accurately assessing the value of collateral.

Legal Agreements

Upon this proposal’s success, Hifi DAO will also enter into a legally binding Agreement of Association with Finance Ventures, which can be viewed here. And enter in to a legally binding Designation Agreement with Mainframe Group, Inc. which can be viewed here.


Upon this proposal’s success, Hifi DAO will execute the Agreement of Association with Finance Ventures and the Designation Agreement with Mainframe Group, Inc. Hifi DAO will also execute the necessary variable changes to the Hifi Protocol’s Fintroller. and take the necessary technical steps to integrate $RCC1 & $HC1 Tokens into the Hifi Protocol with the set collateral ceilings and fixed oracle values. It is recommended that DAO members review the full agreement for a comprehensive understanding before casting their votes.

Additional Resources

Additional details can be found in our recent blog posts:

[EDIT] May 1, 2024 - Added Gelding Exclusion to Professionally Managed Racehorse Ruleset


I hope this gets approved as possible It’ll surely be beneficial to the community.

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This is really impressive considering the fact that i supports this project fully

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Just looking at the insurance part of things, the Lending Partner should be part of the Insurance coverage before the loan is approved. What is the coverage of said insurance btw?

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looking forward to how it will play out for the future of hifi

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The Hifi Improvement Proposal (HIP) seems to focus on enhancing the High Fidelity (Hifi) platform, likely aiming to refine user experiences or introduce new features. Real World Asset Collateral Rulesets, as implied, involve guidelines or protocols concerning the use of real-world assets as collateral within the Hifi ecosystem.

Without specific details, it’s challenging to provide precise commentary, but generally speaking, integrating real-world assets as collateral in virtual environments like Hifi can offer several benefits. It can potentially increase liquidity and diversification, allowing users to leverage their real-world assets within the virtual world for various purposes, such as trading, lending, or borrowing.

However, implementing such rulesets requires careful consideration of legal, regulatory, and technical aspects. Ensuring transparency, security, and compliance with relevant laws and regulations is paramount to maintain trust among users and stakeholders. Additionally, clear guidelines are necessary to mitigate risks such as fraud, default, or market manipulation.

Overall, the introduction of Real World Asset Collateral Rulesets could represent a significant step forward for the Hifi platform, potentially expanding its utility and attracting a broader user base. However, thorough planning, robust infrastructure, and effective risk management are essential to ensure the success and sustainability of such initiatives.

Overall,looks solid & well done team on the extensive work required to reach this point.
No doubt this would be considered, however from experience, the collateral of Individual Racehorse up to 50% FMV could rapidly change in a heartbeat, especially events where insurance will not cover.
The points within the Collateral Requirements should mitigate, however long term, this is an item to be wary of, especially for any individual horse that has limited residual value beyond a racing career i.e. breeding. As a suggestion for down the track (pardon the pun), for Individual Horse, exclude Geldings from this Individual option.

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Collateral options can play an important role in creating a dynamic and healthy lending environment. What is your experience with the Hifi protocol? Have you used it yet?

It’s great to hear that you’re fully supportive of this proposal! If you have any ideas on how to enhance this proposal, please share them. :handshake:

There are the insurance details outlined.

The exact terms and amount of coverage would typically be determined based on the fair market value of the horses, the specific conditions of the racehorse industry, and any regulatory requirements. Ensuring comprehensive coverage that aligns with the value and risks associated with the collateral is crucial for maintaining the security and viability of these loans.

You seem to have summarized the proposal using chatgpt. :wink:

Exciting to see HIP-8 paving the way for enhanced collateral rulesets on HiFi Finance! Strengthening the platform’s stability. Looking forward to the positive impact.

lets get it we all for hififinance all day all time

love the project guys

all for this
love hififinance

That’s great. I hope it benefits the cause of hififinance

Really great commentary Jaydubb! I do think given the requirement for an independent third party valuation of the horses, that Geldings would be very limited in their value as collateral especially given the reasons you cite. Nevertheless, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to do as you suggested and update the individual horse requirement to exclude Geldings.


@Shubit, your support means a lot, thank you!

@law, we truly value your enthusiasm and backing.

@form, which part of this proposal stands out to you the most?

@Tobenna, thanks for showing your support!

Just a friendly reminder to delegate if you want to be all set for voting!

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The requirement does cover this. Adding the lending partner as an additional insured when possible. Alternatively, if a personal guarantee is apart of the terms, it is not strictly necessary to name the lending partner as it already has the rights to pursue all legal avenues for all assets owned by the borrower to recover any losses in the event of a default.


Thanks Doug and I agree the Collateral Requirements would reduce much of the risk & Northern Hemisphere seem more reluctant to geld vs Southern Hemisphere, however they can be extremely valuable during their racing career, especially thoroughbreds i.e. those competing in million dollar races
The more I think of it, any individual horse will carry much more risk than the multi horse for a variety of reasons but it is all workable with awareness & vigilance . The Significant Event requirements is a good clause and this could also be beefed out over time. This is a solid starting point.

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