Stablecoins are right here to remain, however lopsided progress will not assist


  • Practically 75% of all transactions on centralized crypto exchanges concerned a stablecoin.
  • The lopsided progress sparked considerations about weaknesses within the broader ecosystem.

Stablecoins have confirmed to be a preferred software within the Web3 area over the previous few years. By combining the advantages of cryptocurrencies whereas sustaining a secure worth, they’ve emerged because the holy grail for new-age monetary buyers.

This distinctive skill has cemented stablecoins as the first approach for merchants on non-fiat crypto exchanges to enter and exit trades, thereby appearing as a bridge between conventional finance and crypto ecosystems.

Stablecoins enhance their market share

In line with a report by digital belongings knowledge supplier Kaiko dated 13 July, practically 75% of all transactions on centralized crypto exchanges (CEX) concerned a stablecoin.

Though considerably down from the all-time highs seen in March earlier this yr, the market share of stablecoins has elevated by a large 10% since 2020.

Supply: Kaiko

Whereas the dominance of fiat currencies on CEXs was clearly waning, the first driver behind the surge in stablecoin volumes was Binance’s [BNB] zero-fee buying and selling program launched in July final yr. As many as 13 spot buying and selling pairs of Bitcoin [BTC] had been exempted from change charges.

As per an earlier report by Kaiko, zero-fee commerce quantity accounted for practically 66% of whole quantity.

Nonetheless, as evident within the graph above, as quickly as this promotion led to March 2023, there was a pointy decline within the total buying and selling quantity, and consequently stablecoins’ market share.

Nonetheless, the crypto market’s rebound in 2023 has put the highlight again on these secure belongings. The cumulative commerce quantity involving the massive 5 – Tether [USDT], USD Coin [USDC], DAI, Binance USD [BUSD] and TrueUSD [TUSD], in 2023 – was higher than $3 trillion, as per the report.

Asymmetrical progress a trigger for fear?

The biggest stablecoin by market cap, USDT, loved an enormous 70% market share. Whereas this mirrored USDT’s supremacy, the lopsided distribution highlighted considerations concerning the weaknesses within the broader stablecoin ecosystem.

Supply: Kaiko

Incidents of depeggings and regulatory clampdowns have stunted the expansion of different stablecoins available in the market.

Earlier in February, Binance USD [BUSD] depegged from its greenback worth. This occurred following orders by a New York-based regulator, which instructed the issuing firm Paxos to halt the minting of recent tokens. Since then, about 75% of BUSD’s market share has been worn out as of this writing.

This was adopted by the greatest depegging of 2023 to this point when USD Coin [USDC], the second-largest stablecoin by market cap, dropped to a low of 87 cents from its excellent worth of $1.

The occasion induced mayhem available in the market, severely impacting buyers’ portfolios. USDC’s market cap has shrunk by 37% since this fiasco.

Furthermore, the depeg resulted in a domino impact on the algorithmic stablecoin DAI as USDC shaped nearly all of its collateral reserves. DAI misplaced practically $2 billion of its market worth.

Supply: Glassnode

The shining spots

Tether, alternatively, grew from power to power and, regardless of minor hitches, maintained its shine within the stablecoin ecosystem. Its market valuation surged by 25% on a year-to-date (YTD) foundation, as buyers reposed their confidence amidst unfavorable indicators from rivals.

One other success story has been that of TUSD. The stablecoin, propped up by Binance after the failure of BUSD, confirmed thrilling outcomes. TUSD’s market cap has greater than tripled YTD and its market share has surged from 1% to 19%.

The promotional tactic utilized by Binance to take away buying and selling charges for its BTC-USD pair was a key think about aiding this surge. After seeing encouraging outcomes, Binance prolonged this service to all TUSD spot buying and selling pairs starting 30 June.

CEX over DEX

Regardless of titanic occasions like FTX collapse and USDC depegging, decentralized exchanges (DEX) nonetheless accounted for a paltry, 5% of the entire stableccoin buying and selling quantity, as per the report. Whereas volumes did spike to 45% in the course of the March banking disaster, it proved to be simply an aberration.

Larger liquidity, quicker transaction occasions, and user-friendly interfaces lead merchants to decide on centralized exchanges over decentralized counterparts.

Supply: Kaiko

The rising relevance of stablecoins, particularly USDT, was mirrored of their rising demand as a safe-haven asset in international locations going via political and monetary strife. Nonetheless, international locations like India have expressed sturdy reservations round its adoption.

As per a report by The Hindu, the Deputy Governor of India’s central financial institution stated that stablecoins are helpful to just a few international locations whereas in different instances they might have hostile influence on native currencies.


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