The top by market capitalization is now worth $163.7 billion after the stablecoin economy was worth nearly $200 billion last week, according to statistics on Friday, May 13. Of course, the failure of climax terrausd (UST) cost the stablecoin economy billions of dollars, and Binance’s stablecoin BUSD recently entered the top 10 in crypto market cap. Just as it has wreaked havoc in the cryptoeconomy, Terra’s recent downfall has led to a dramatic shift in the stablecoin ecosystem.

The Big Shift in the Economy

Just a week ago, the economy was very close to breaking the $200 billion mark, but Terra’s recent crash changed all that. Terra’s once-stable token, terrausd (UST), was the third-largest stablecoin in existence until it lost $1 parity. Tokens that are supposed to be pegged to the value of the U.S. dollar are now trading below $0.20 per unit. Still, the market cap makes it the sixth-largest by market cap on’s “Stablecoins by Market Cap” list.

Stablecoin shuffle - Terra Fiasco shakes up fiat-pegged crypto economy, over $35 billion disappears
Top 10 tokens by market cap as of May 13, 2022 at 2:00 PM (ET) by Coingecko noted that “the UST has been de-pegged from the U.S. dollar since May 9, 2022.”

None of the top 10 stablecoins by market cap saw growth last month. USDC is down 0% over the past 30 days, while all other top stablecoins have seen 30-day losses. BUSD is now the third-largest token today with a market cap of $17.3 billion, and BUSD has also entered the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap, ranking ninth out of over 13,000 currencies.

Makerdao’s DAI token is now the fourth largest by market cap, currently at $6 billion. Makerdao’s native token, MKR, has gained 15% in the past 24 hours, offsetting some of the impact of UST. In fact, most of the stablecoins that managed to stay stable and benefited from the UST crash.

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While some argue that “more regulatory frameworks” around fiat currency pegs are needed, others argue that decentralized stablecoins are still needed

Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle Financial, May 12, 2022 tweet: “USDC/USDT is the trade of the day. Go for quality.” The Circle executive appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and noted the need for “more regulatory frameworks around stablecoins.” Since Terra’s downfall, many have been closely watching the performance of so-called decentralized and algorithmic stablecoins.

Despite the recent Terra UST carnage, many still believe that decentralized and algorithmic stablecoins are in high demand from centralized giants.Founder of Avalanche (AVAX) Emin Gun Cyrrell It is believed that the crypto ecosystem needs a decentralized stablecoin.

Gün Sirer a day before LUNA falls below one cent said: “Even fully collateralized fiat stablecoins are decoupled. Even some weak [algorithmic] Stablecoins have recovered. ” AVAX founder also statement He “always said that [algorithmic] The stables were affected by a destabilizing bank run. Despite the risk of banking operations, Gün Sirer explained that the industry still needs decentralized stablecoins.

“We need a decentralized stablecoin,” Gün Sirer detailed. “Fiat-backed stables are subject to legal seizure and capture. A decentralized economy requires a decentralized whose backing storage cannot be frozen or confiscated.”

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Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman is Head of News at News and a fintech reporter based in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He is passionate about Bitcoin, open source code and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written over 5,000 articles for News on the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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