Debtors saved over $100M using de-pegged stablecoins to repay loans
The depegging of USD Coin (USDC) and Dai (DAI) from the USA greenback prompted a frenzy of mortgage repayments over the weekend, permitting debtors to avoid wasting a complete of greater than $100 million on their loans.
Following the collapse of Silicon Valley Financial institution on March 10, the USDC worth dropped to lows of $0.87 on March 11 amid considerations about its reserves being locked at SVB.
MakerDAO’s stablecoin DAI additionally de-pegged briefly, going as little as $0.88 on March 11, according to CoinGecko.
The depegging, within the backdrop of broader crypto turmoil, led to greater than $2 billion in mortgage repayments on March 11 on decentralized lending protocols Aave and Compound — with greater than half made in USDC, in line with a report by digital property information supplier Kaiko.
One other $500 million in money owed had been paid in DAI on the identical day, it famous.
This tapered off as each USDC and DAI began heading again towards their peg. The next days didn’t have wherever close to as many repayments, with a tough complete of solely $500 million in mortgage repayments throughout Tether (USDT), USDC, DAI and different cash on March 12, and roughly half of that on March 13.
Blockchain analytics agency Flipside Crypto estimates that USDC debtors saved $84 million on account of paying again loans whereas the stablecoin was de-pegged, whereas these utilizing DAI saved $20.8 million.
“General, DeFi markets skilled two days of giant worth dislocations that generated numerous arbitrage alternatives throughout the ecosystem, and highlighted the significance of USDC,” the Kaiko report mentioned.
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The depegging of USDC additionally led MakerDAO to rethink its publicity to USDC, as crypto tasks incorporating DAI of their tokenomics suffered losses because of a sequence response.
Circle’s USDC started its climb again to $1 following affirmation from CEO Jeremy Allaire that its reserves had been protected and the agency had new banking companions lined up, together with authorities assurances that depositors of SVB could be made complete.
In line with CoinGecko data, USDC was sitting at $0.99 on the time of writing.