Circle’s USDC instability causes domino effect on DAI, USDD stablecoins
Following USDC’s depegging, three stablecoins — DAI, USDD and FRAX — also depegged from the U.S. dollar.
The stablecoin ecosystem felt an immediate effect as USD Coin (USDC) depegged from the U.S. dollar due to a subsequent sell-off after Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) did not process $3.3 billion of Circle’s $40 million transfer request. Given USDC’s collateral influence, major stablecoin ecosystems followed suit in depegging from the U.S. dollar.
Dai (DAI), a stablecoin issued by MakerDAO, lost 7.4% of its value due to USDC’s depegging. As of June 2022, $6.78 billion worth of DAI supply was collateralized by $8.52 billion worth of cryptocurrencies, confirms data from Statista.
Out of the lot, USDC represented 51.87% of DAI’s collateral, worth $4.42 billion. Other prominent cryptocurrencies include Ether (ETH) and Pax Dollar (USDP) at $0.66 billion and $0.61 billion, respectively.
As a result, DAI depegged from the dollar to momentarily touch $0.897. The stablecoin recovered to trade around the $0.92 mark at the time of writing, as shown below.
USD Digital (USDD), a stablecoin issued by Tron, and fractional-algorithmic stablecoin Frax (FRAX) shared a similar fate due to adverse market sentiments. USDD responded to the USDC sell-off with a nearly 7.5% drop to trade at $0.925, while FRAX dipped even further to $0.885.
Other popular cryptocurrencies, such as Tether (USDT) and Binance USD (BUSD), continue to maintain a 1:1 peg with the U.S. dollar.
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The entire depegging ordeal started after Circle announced that $3.3 billion of its funds were not processed for withdrawal by SVB.
1/ Following the confirmation at the end of today that the wires initiated on Thursday to remove balances were not yet processed, $3.3 billion of the ~$40 billion of USDC reserves remain at SVB.
— Circle (@circle) March 11, 2023
SVB was shut down by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation for undisclosed reasons. However, the California regulator appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as the receiver to protect insured deposits.