Crash in stablecoins drags crypto market, Bitcoin logs most volatile week in yrs
As per CoinMarketCap, the global crypto market cap is $1.26 trillion currently, a 2.38% decrease over the last day. Meanwhile, there has been a decline of nearly 27% in total crypto market volume over the last 24 hours to $ 91.32 billion.
At present, the total volume in DeFi stood at $13.91 billion, 15.23% of the total crypto market 24-hour volume. Further, the volume of all stable coins is now $81.13 billion, which is 88.84% of the total crypto market's 24-hour volume.
Bitcoin today dropped to the day's low of around $28,700. It picked up momentum and managed to touch a little over $30,000. However, it continued to trade volatile and was currently below $29,500. Bitcoin’s dominance is currently at 44.50%, an increase of 0.17% over the day.
Ether gave up its $2,000-mark today and even touched an intraday low of $1,956.57. However, it currently, stays a little over $2,000 on the CoinMarketCap.
In the last seven days, Bitcoin fell by nearly 18% and Ether shed more than 25%.
A sharp decline in stablecoins has made crypto markets vulnerable over the past few days.
As per a Bloomberg report, the wipeout of algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD and its sister token Luna knocked more than $270 billion off the crypto sector’s total trillion-dollar value.
Notably, the report revealed that the weekly net change in Bitcoin volatility was the highest in the two years since Bloomberg first began recording data.
On Saturday, Tether trades flat and below $1. However, Terra USD surges by more than 13% but is barely breathing near 20 cents on the market.
Due to extreme volatility in Terra LUNA, the blockchain has been halted. The Terra validators are looking at a mechanism to reconstitute the network.
Terra (UST) Powered by LUNA through their Twitter account on Friday said, "The Terra blockchain has officially halted at block 7607789," adding, " Terra Validators have halted the network to come up with a plan to reconstitute it."
Terra LUNA is near-zero level. Last week, on May 7th, LUNA was around the $72 level. It has dropped nearly 100% in the last seven days.
Even other platforms on crypto markets could not escape selling bias on Saturday. NFT in volume terms dived nearly 29%, while in market cap it slipped nearly 4%. Metaverse tokens dive by 2.5% in market cap and over 19% in volumes. Polkadot Ecosystem Tokens dipped by over 3% in market cap and over 26% in volumes. Solana tokens dropped over 2% in market cap and by 25.5% in volumes, while Avalanche tokens slipped over 3% in market caps and fell nearly 32% in volumes.
In the past seven days, FLOW token and ApeCoin have slid down by nearly 37% and 38%. MANA shed nearly 16%, DOT dived nearly 24.5%.
Risks in stablecoins can be more manageable if they are backed by reserve assets.
In Fitch's opinion, stablecoins backed by reserve assets with clear fiat currency value face a fundamentally different set of credit issues to algorithmic stablecoins. In such cases, the stablecoin’s stability risks can be more manageable, depending on various factors, notably the safety and liquidity of the reserve assets.
Other factors relevant to the credit profiles of the issuers of reserve-backed stablecoins include regulatory risk, counterparty risk (including reserve custodians), transparency over reserves and the extent to which the underlying assets are truly uncorrelated, the legal rights of stablecoin holders, and governance and operational risks, as per Fitch's latest report.
Fitch said, "there could be significant negative repercussions for cryptocurrencies and digital finance if investors lose confidence in stablecoins. The latter play an important role in catalysing the crypto ecosystem more broadly, by providing a stable link to fiat-currency financial markets."
Coinbase Institutional’s Brian Cubellis and David Duong in a report said, "interestingly, despite larger volatility than during the sell-offs in January or December, volumes are still somewhat lower in comparison, which suggests lighter positioning as well as potentially decreased interest from retail due to a difficult market environment," cited Bloomberg.
The analysts at Coinbase stated that Bitcoin’s $30,000 threshold will become “a major resistance" if prices continue to consolidate below that mark over the next few days.
As per them, if things deteriorate further, the next line of support would come at around $20,000 which was the all-time high in the previous 2017/2018 cycle.