The TerraUSD Crash Will Likely Be The End of Stablecoins, Crypto Exec Says


Algorithmic stablecoins like terraUSD, which collapsed and sent the crypto market through the mayhem, have low chances of survival, the co-founder of digital currency tether told CNBC.

Stablecoins are a type of cryptos that are pegged to a real-world asset. TerraUSD or UST, is an algorithmic stablecoin which was supposed to be pegged to the U.S. dollar.

Meanwhile, stablecoins like tether and USD Coin are backed by real-world assets such as fiat currencies and government bonds in order to maintain their dollar peg, UST was governed by an algorithm.

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UST lost its dollar peg and that also led to a sell-off for its sister token luna, which crashed to $0.

“It’s unfortunate that the money … was lost, however, it’s not a surprise. It’s an algorithmic-backed, stablecoin. So it’s just a bunch of smart people trying to figure out how to peg something to the dollar,” Reeve Collins, the co-founder of digital token company BLOCKv, told CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week.

“And a lot of people pulled out their money in the last few months, because they realized that it wasn’t sustainable. So that crash kind of had a cascade effect. And it will probably be the end of most algo stablecoins.”

Collins is also the co-founder of tether a non-algorithmic stablecoin. Tether’s developers claim that it is backed by cash, U.S. Treasurys, and corporate bonds. In the crypto market turmoil last month, tether also briefly lost its dollar peg before regaining it.

Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle, one of the companies behind the issuance of the USDC stablecoin, said he thinks people will continue to work on algorithmic stablecoins.

“I’ve compared algorithmic stable coins to the Fountain of Youth or the Holy Grail. Others have referred to it as financial alchemy. And so there will continue to be financial alchemists who, who work on the magic potion to create these things and to find … the Holy Grail of a stable value, algorithmic digital currency. So I fully expect continued pursuit of that,” Allaire told CNBC last week.

“Now, what happens with regulation around it is a different question. Are there going to be, you know, clear lines drawn about what can interact with the market. What can interact with … the financial system, given the risks that are embedded,” he added.