Fed Governor Says ‘Blockchain Is Totally Overrated,’ Claims Crypto Is ‘Just Electronic Gold’

Fed Governor Says ‘Blockchain Is Totally Overrated,’ Claims Crypto Is ‘Just Electronic Gold’

Fed Governor Says 'Blockchain Is Totally Overrated,' Claims Crypto Is 'Just Electronic Gold'The American economist and member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Christopher Waller, believes blockchain technology is “totally overrated,” even though the U.S. central bank “put a lot of resources into understanding digital currencies and the blockchain.” On Friday, Waller spoke during a panel that discussed central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and said that […]
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Bank of England Says Crypto Assets ‘Present Financial Stability Risks,’ Bank Begins Sketching Regulatory Framework

Bank of England Says Crypto Assets ‘Present Financial Stability Risks,’ Bank Begins Sketching Regulatory FrameworkThe Bank of England has revealed that it is working on sketching a regulatory framework for crypto assets, according to statements stemming from the central bank’s Financial Policy Committee on Thursday. BOE Stresses Crypto Assets Need Effective Public Policy Frameworks On Thursday, the Bank of England (BOE) told the press that it is sketching out […]
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'Millionaire' stablecoin wallet addresses surpass 12 million

‘Millionaire’ stablecoin wallet addresses surpass 12 million

It appears the number of ‘stablecoin millionaires’ has been growing steadily throughout the year.

According to data compiled by Coin Metrics, the number of stablecoin wallet addresses with account balances over an equivalent $1 million USD has recently surpassed 12 million — up from 4 million one year ago. The stablecoins counted in the analysis include Tether ERC-20 (USDT), Tether TRC-20, Binance USD, DAI, GUSD, HUSD, PAX, and USD Coin (USDC).

The vast majority of addresses holding more than $1 million came from Tether TRC-20 (approx. 8 million), followed by Tether ERC-20 (approx. 3.4 million), and USDC (approx. 1 million). Save for a sharp but brief decline last May, such addresses have increased regularly in the past 12 months.

The number still pales to the number of major cryptocurrency wallets holding more than $1 million. Data from Coin Metrics indicate that there are over 102 million wallet addresses meeting this criteria, denominated in either Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), or XRP. Most notably, the number of “millionaire” BTC wallet addresses has largely remained stagnant since May 2021. But the same cannot be said for ETH or XRP.

Limitations of the data include its basis on all wallet addresses, not unique ones, meaning that the number of individuals holding such wallet balances is likely significantly lower than north of 12 million. The use of stablecoins has advanced drastically in recent years. First starting out as a way for investors to cash out during volatile periods, they can now be used, among other items, for interactions with various types of decentralized finance protocols, such as that of Terra’s Anchor

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Stablecoin Economy Nears $200B, UST Supply Jumps Higher, USDN Spikes 43% in 30 Days

During the last 12 months the stablecoin economy has grown massive and the current valuation today is only $13 billion away from tapping the $200 billion mark. This month, the two biggest gainers in terms of 30-day issuance include Terra’s UST jumping 29.9% and Neutrino Protocol’s USDN spiking 43.8%. Stablecoin Market Capitalization Continues to Swell, […]
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Terraform Labs donates $1.1B for Luna Foundation Guard's reserves

Terraform Labs donates $1.1B for Luna Foundation Guard’s reserves

High demand for UST has led to a pool imbalance on Curve Finance, requiring intervention.

On Friday, Do Kwon, founder and CEO of Terraform Labs (TFL), which develops the blockchain ecosystem consisting of Terra Luna (LUNA) and the TerraUSD stablecoin (UST), announced that TFL had donated 12 million LUNA ($1.1 billion at the time of publication) to the Luna Foundation Guard (LFG). LFG launched in January to grow the Terra ecosystem and improve the sustainability of its stablecoins. Kwon noted the funds, denominated in LUNA, will be burned to mint UST to grow the LFG’s reserves:

“We will keep growing reserves until it becomes mathematically impossible for idiots to claim de-peg risk for UST.”

UST is an algorithmic stablecoin with a theoretical exchange rate of 1:1 with the U.S. dollar, and is in part maintained by swapping of/for LUNA tokens when its market value deviates from its peg. The burning of $1 in UST results in the minting of $1 in LUNA and vice versa. 

However, due to a high demand for UST on decentralized finance, or DeFi, platforms like Curve Finance, this results in unbalanced pools for swapping stablecoins. For example, as more and more crypto enthusiasts swap their USD Coin and Tether (USDT) for UST, the pool’s reserves will deplete, thereby causing price volatility as supply lags behind demand. Two days prior, TFG had already voted on burning the 4.2 million LUNA left in its treasury to protect UST’s peg. According to TFG: 

“LFG will swap the [new] LUNA to UST (swap=burn) and sell the UST to the Curve pool. The proceeds will go back to LFG reserves to purchase BTC.”

Thanks to Terra’s flagship Anchor Protocol, UST is a very popular coin among crypto enthusiasts, which promises up to 20% annual yield on UST savings deposits. However, due to an imbalance of depositors and lenders paying interest, the Anchor Protocol’s reserve (for paying the promised yield) is still on the decline at time of publication, although it recently experienced a massive capital infusion.

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Stablecoin Supply Going Strong As Crypto Markets Recuperate

Stablecoin Supply Going Strong As Crypto Markets Recuperate

Stablecoins Are Great For Payment But Bitcoin Is The Best Answer For Inflation, Says Facebook’s Crypto Chief

The long-time held belief that stablecoins help traders and investors avoid crypto value loss due to volatility may be playing out. Many more people have continued to hold their crypto assets in stablecoins to prevent possible losses. This has made stablecoins more substantial and they have sustained a trajectory growth in total market capitalization in […]

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Tether slashes commercial paper by 21% in latest reserves attestation

Tether slashes commercial paper by 21% in latest reserves attestation

Tether’s cash and bank deposits also dropped 42% to 4.187 billion, while its allocation to money market funds increased 200% to $3 billion, and its treasury bills grew 77.6% to $34.52 billion.

USDT stablecoin issuer Tether cut its reserves allocation to commercial paper by more than one fifth between September and December last year, dropping from around $30.5 billion to $24.16 billion.

Tether is legally required to disclose its reserves every quarter as part of an $18.5 million court settlement with the Office of the New York Attorney General from February 2021. The firm was alleged to have misrepresented the specific amount of fiat backing USDT in 2017 and 2018.

The latest attestation was conducted by Cayman Islands-based Accountants MHA Cayman and provides a breakdown of Tether’s reserves as of 31 December 2021.

The report states that Tether’s “consolidated assets exceed its consolidated liabilities,” however the difference is minimal with total assets tallied $78.67 billion while liabilities sat at around $78.53 billion.

The makeup of Tether’s reserves shifted significantly since its prior report from late September, with cash and bank deposits dropping 42% to 4.187 billion, while its allocation to money market funds increased 200% to $3 billion, and its treasury bills also grew 77.6% to $34.52 billion.

The significant amount of commercial paper backing Tether’s reserves — which hit 65.39% as of May 2021sparked criticism from onlookers who have questioned the lack of transparency regarding the origins of the paper and its credibility as an investment. There were also concerns last year Tether may be exposed to the Evergrande crisis via commercial paper holdings, although Tether said this was not the case.

Commercial paper is often issued by large corporations and is used for financing payroll and short term-liabilities. It is referred to as unsecured debt as it is usually not backed by any form of collateral.

Tether’s attestation states that $13.93 billion worth of its commercial paper has a maturation window of 0-90 days, $9.94 billion has 91-180 days and $823 million has between 181 and 365 days. Any commercial paper with a maturation period longer than 270 days (nine months) must be registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Related: Circle’s USDC stablecoin gobbles Tether’s market share with 50B milestone

According to data from Coingecko, USDT’s market cap sits at $79.47 billion at the time of writing, with its biggest competitor USD Coin (USDC) sitting at around $52.7 billion.

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