- CEO Jeremy Allaire confirms that Circle has been "able to access" its $3.3 billion of funds held with the collapsed Silicon Valley Bank.
- The temporarily locked funds significantly affected USDC, causing it to lose market share in favor of rival USDT.
- The stablecoin's dollar peg has since recovered, but mass redemptions of USDC have resulted in the market cap of the stablecoin dropping.
Circle CEO and co-founder Jeremy Allaire has revealed being able to access the $3.3 billion held at collapsed Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). In a video with Bloomberg Markets on March 14, the stablecoin issuer's executive said that he believed that "if not everything, very close to everything, was able to clear" from the collapsed lender on March 13.
Circle's USDC depeg on SVB woes
Following the news that SVB had collapsed with $3.3 billion of Circle's cash trapped, the company's stablecoin USD Coin (USDC) briefly de-pegged from the dollar. Consequently, cryptocurrency whales registered severe losses and embarked on a series of capital flights to protect their remaining assets.
you hold USDC— 찌 G 跻 じ MBA, CFA, FRM, CFP, NGMI, HFSP, HENTAI (@DegenSpartan) March 11, 2023
4 main options
most people do not have option #1
1) redeem directly
2) swap to USD / another stable and book the current L
3) swap to crypto and take on market risk
4) hold USDC and hope the circle cartel has a plan
In a Twitter post, crypto exchange Huobi Global's co-founder Du Jun said:
[I] dodged LUNA, dodged 3AC, even dodged FTX [and their collapse], but I couldn't avoid Silvergate, nor SVB and USDC. Asked a few crypto veterans; losses amounted to >$1 billion in stock and deposits, myself included. I'm very upset, and it's time to cut down on my budget.
However, the stablecoin has restored its dollar peg, although mass redemptions have caused a significant drop in USDC's market capitalization. Based on CoinMarketCap data, the USDC market cap is down almost 10% since March 11 and around 3% in the last 24 hours to $38.39 billion.
Tether market cap soars as network mints $2 billion USDT
Meanwhile, USDC industry rival Tether (USDT) has recorded a notable increase in market cap in the last 24 hourse, recording a 1% gain to $73.03 billion. This comes after the network minted $2 billion USDT tokens anticipating future demand.
The minting took place on Ethereum and TRON blockchains on March 15, catapulting Tether’s market cap 3.5% from $72.1 billion to $74.6 billion between March 12 and March 14. The network’s market capitalization leaped $7 billion since the onset of 2023, rising from $66 billion.
Tether’s CTO Paolo Ardoino has clariefied the purpose for minting, saying the amount would serve as “inventory for next period issuance requests and chain swaps.”
Based on the above representations, USDC was affected by the brief lock-up of funds at SVB. According to the January reserve report released on March 2, the $3.3 billion was barely 8% of the stablecoin's reserves. Nevertheless, the situation cost USDC its market share to an industry competitor.
Can never be sure in crypto but, it looks to be ok.— tedtalksmacro (@tedtalksmacro) March 11, 2023
8.25% of Circle’s reserves are stuck… leaving 91.75% of their funds liquid. Even in the case that funds are totally lost, Coinbase will step in to sure up #USDC
Market reaction seems to be just total panic led by recency… https://t.co/vs1junbFys
The report assured that USDC was 100% collateralized, with more than 80% of the reserve comprising short-dated US Treasury Bills.
Because of the recent catastrophes in the crypto and financial playing fields, highly liquid assets with direct obligations of the US government have passed as the safest investments worldwide.
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