Stablecoin Shuffle — Terra Fiasco Shakes up Fiat-Pegged Crypto Economy, Over $35 Billion Disappears

by Jamie Redman
According to statistics on Friday, May 13, the top stablecoins by market capitalization are currently worth $163.7 billion after the stablecoin economy was valued at close to $200 billion just last week. Of course, the climactic terrausd (UST) failure wiped out billions from the stablecoin economy, and Binance’s stablecoin BUSD has recently entered the top ten crypto market capitalization positions. Just as it caused carnage in the crypto economy, Terra’s recent downfall has caused a great shift within the stablecoin ecosystem.
It was only a week ago when the stablecoin economy was awfully close to surpassing the $200 billion mark, but Terra’s recent collapse changed all that. Terra’s once stable token terrausd (UST) was once the third-largest stablecoin in existence until it lost its $1 parity. The token that’s supposed to be pegged to a U.S. dollar’s value is now trading for under $0.20 per unit. Still, the market valuation makes it the sixth-largest market cap in coingecko.com’s “Stablecoins by Market Capitalization” list.
During the last month, out of the top ten stablecoins by market valuation, none of the stablecoin projects saw growth. USDC dipped by 0% over the last 30 days, while all the other top stablecoins saw 30-day declines. BUSD is now the third-largest stablecoin token today with a $17.3 billion market capitalization and BUSD has also stepped into the top ten crypto coins by market cap, taking the ninth position among 13,000+ coins.
Makerdao’s DAI token is now the fourth-largest stablecoin market capitalization with $6 billion today. Makerdao’s native token MKR jumped 15% in value during the past 24 hours taking on some of UST’s fallout. In fact, most of the stablecoins that have managed to remain stable and have reaped the benefits of UST’s crash.
On May 12, 2022, Circle Financial’s CEO Jeremy Allaire tweeted: “USDC/USDT is the trade of the day. Flight to quality.” The Circle executive appeared on CNBC’s broadcast “Squawk Box,” and noted that there needs to be “more regulatory framework around stablecoins.” A number of people have been watching the performance of so-called decentralized and algorithmic stablecoins extremely closely since Terra’s downfall.
Despite the recent Terra UST carnage, many still believe there’s a great need for decentralized and algorithmic stablecoins among the centralized giants. Avalanche (AVAX) founder Emin Gün Sirer believes the crypto ecosystem needs a decentralized stablecoin.
A day before LUNA went under a U.S. penny, Gün Sirer said: “Even fully-collateralized fiat stablecoins have de-pegged. Even some of the weak [algorithmic] stablecoins have recovered.” The AVAX founder also stated that he had “always said that [algorithmic] stables are subject to destabilizing bank runs.” Despite the bank run risk, Gün Sirer explained that a decentralized stablecoin is still needed in the industry.
“We need a decentralized stablecoin,” Gün Sirer detailed. “Fiat-backed stables are subject to legal seizure and capture. A decentralized economy needs a decentralized stablecoin whose backing store cannot be frozen or confiscated.”
What do you think about the stablecoin economy shuffle this week? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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