Thanks for the answer, I have a few questions about what you said.
1. The primary use case of MTRG will always be record-keeping and consequently in the security of the ecosystem. Governance, DeFI is a secondary use case. As the ecosystem grows, all the value in the ecosystem is recorded and secured by node operators through their MTRG stakes. Lower MTRG value, lower delegation, lower node operators all result in a ‘not-so-secure’ ecosystem
Not related to token burns, but is MTR not the desired currency to be used for DeFi in the long term?
However, with the constant dilution of the asset with inflation, the investment is highly skewed towards staking and securing the ecosystem (as it should be). There is no real incentive for investors who do not form part of the record-keeping process since their stake goes on diluting with time. The deflationary mechanism provides the necessary respite to the new investors to come into the ecosystem and ensure that their stake will not get diluted substantially with time.
Token burn is not to create a deflationary environment, its primary objective is to protect the new investors from the dilution of an inflationary mechanism in a proof-of-stake ecosystem.
Under the assumption above that MTRG is just for governance, record keeping and staking (not so much DeFi). Which all but governance are rewarded with the inflation tokens, which can be done along side staking or validating (so effectively all these functions allow token holders to earn the inflation rewards). As most nodes charge 10% comision, even at 90% total supply staked, your investment should grow along with inflation. In my opinion, people choosing more risky uses of their MTRG like being a liquidity provider, are accepting this risk when deciding to do that instead of staking.
Transaction fees are the only cash flow for a layer1 blockchain and the only source of funds available at their disposal. Without the revenue from transaction fees, a layer 1 blockchain cannot be a sustainable and viable economic model. The block producers are already heavily incentivized through inflation and foundation delegation to give them a good source of passive income. Giving the transaction fees skews the incentive structure heavily towards node operators while making the inflationary nature deterrent to new investors into the ecosystem. Also, heavily skewed incentives towards one stakeholder in the ecosystem is not a viable economic model for the long term.
I think it makes sense for node operators to have the rewards skewed to them as they bear the risk of paying bail out fees and take the time to manage their node/s. And like I mention before it is very easy for new investors to stake their MTRG to protect it from inflation. And the process of burn is a very good model, if there is going to be burns I’m glad this is how it is done.
Transaction fees are the primary source of cash flow to the ecosystem. However, it is not the sole driver of the MTRG valuation. The overall valuation is a combination of the demand of the asset (which increases as the ecosystem secures more and more assets and supports larger user bases) and the supply of the asset.
Deriving the value of the ecosystem solely based on whether the asset is used for gas fees is a very constrained viewpoint. To show an example, last time I checked, the annual fee income of Ethereum (the costliest ecosystem to transact on) is 1% of the total value locked in DeFI alone (not even considering ETH2 staking). By that metric, it would take 100 years even for Ethereum to generate the demand of ETH that is locked in DeFI currently.
It is difficult to put a price floor on most crypto assets.
I understand the supply and demand is the valuation driver, but without MTR rewards I still feel it doesn’t have a logical source of demand other than speculation. Even though I’m sure Eth’s price is largely driven by speculation, especially in bull markets, it is the gas token for Ethereum network so people have to buy it if they want to interact with the ecosystem. In regard to Eth’s tx fees to valuation ratio, Eth has more or less reached it’s peak tx volume, so without upgrades or insane gas fee increase, Ethereum will never reach its valuation. Also in a single token model. You stake token to earn more token, so without the source of demand (needed for gas) it’s like saying here buy this number on the screen and don’t sell (staking) so you can increase that number at 10% per year. It just wont hold up without hype and speculation. However, Meter is a dual token model, so if MTR proves to be stable, there will be a hard price floor once the “P.E” gets too low. Who wouldn’t buy an asset that returns 10% of it’s value per year without having to sell the initial investment. It is difficult to put a price floor on most crypto assets. ← this is what could set MTRG apart from other crypto currencies.
In regard to higher valuation being required for a secure ecosystem, asuming 10 PE ratio at max tx volume is the price floor. MTRG at 25,000,000 circulating supply would have a valuation of 27.5 billion USD. Which is a huge floor price, higher than ADA valuation in a speculative bull market. Cardano being the largest valued POS ecosystem I know.
This argument is skewed towards your perception. There are a lot of node operators like me who do not know anything about development. You are always open to changing your delegation to uncheck auto-bid and receive MTR.
I didn’t make it clear but I meant large stake holders will try to make dapps for the ecosystem to increase tx volume, or dedicate their resources (MTRG reserve, which all holders control through governance) to incentivising other to do this for them. For example the developer grant, although I’m not sure if that fund is controlled by MTRG holders or Meter team. An example anyway of what can be done outside creating dapps themself.