High USDT Selling Activity Raises Concerns Of Potential Stablecoin Depegging
Surge in USDT sell-off sparks concern of potential depegging, as the percentage in Curve 3pool rockets from 22% to over 50% in just 3 days.
An accelerating sell-off of Tether's USDT, the leading stablecoin with a market cap of around $83 billion, is raising speculation about potential pressure on the coin's peg to the dollar. Despite the fact that USDT is currently trading close to the $1 mark, intense selling activity in key liquidity pools on the Uniswap and Curve protocols is raising concerns of possible depegging.
Major pools experiencing this pressure include the Curve 3pool, which holds $380 million in USDT, USDC, and DAI, and the Uniswap v3 USDC/USDT pool, which holds $59 million in USDC and USDT.
While the ongoing sell-off does not appear to be an attack, analysts consider it a potential warning sign of something more serious. A rapid depeg could be expedited by a lack of liquidity in the pool, especially for the Uniswap v3 pool where the bulk of the liquidity is centered around the $1 price.
The risk is that these concerns become self-fulfilling, as traders fearful of USDT losing its $1 peg lose confidence and sell en masse. However, assuming there is no structural problem and USDT is fully backed, any depeg event would be temporary.
Tether: Fundamental For The Crypto Sector
Such a depeg could be devastating for the crypto economy, especially since USDT has recently outpaced the highly-regulated USDC stablecoin in market share growth. In the past three months, USDT's market capitalization has increased by around $14 billion, while USDC's market cap has fallen by nearly the same amount.
While Tether has repeatedly stated that USDT is fully backed by equivalent assets, including cash and bonds, it has not provided a comprehensive audit, only attestations of its financial obligations. This increased instability in Tether comes at a challenging time for the crypto industry, which is already dealing with numerous enforcement actions from regulators such as the SEC and the CFTC, both of which have shown particular interest in stablecoins.
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