FTX cryptocurrency exchange founder Sam Bankman-Fried ponders the future of stablecoins after two top cryptos suffered staggering losses this week.
Bankman-Fried recently tweeted that so-called stablecoins should have separate and more refined definitions after Luna Foundation Guard’s TerraUSD (UST) lost its peg to the US dollar (USD), taking Terra (LUNA) with it.
“A good point brought up by someone recently:”stablecoin‘ is actually used to mean several different things.
One thing it can mean is “stablecoin backed 1:1 by a US dollar in a US bank account”.
Current US draft regulations want to license this as a first step.”
The FTX CEO then mentions other stablecoin tiers that are prone to volatility and risk as they are not backed solely by dollar reserves, but rather a mix of assets and liabilities.
“Another is ‘stablecoin backed >= 1:1 by liquid debt, government bonds and USD’. Non-zero price risk, but generally they stay very close to $1 because they can be redeemed.
For example [Tether] USDT has stayed within a few % of $1 throughout this crash, and [I’m] Hearing of $1b+ redeemed successfully.
A third is “Stablecoin >= 1:1 hedged by a highly volatile asset”.
These are “algorithmic” stablecoins. If the underlying crashes, they can go under. A lot. B. VAT.”
When it comes to solutions, Bankman-Fried suggests applying different definitions to the different versions of what currently falls under the broader notion of stablecoin terminology.
“We really shouldn’t use the same word for all these things. What we call “algorithmic stablecoins” are not actually stable like fiat-backed stablecoins.
They are more like structured products and need upside if they are to justify the risk.
This may not seem that important to crypto adopters since we already know that algorithmic stablecoins are quite different from fiat-backed ones. But in politics, this message is often lost. We have to address that explicitly.”
In response to a question as to whether FTX could come to the rescue of LUNA given that in September 2020 Bankman-Fried had access to Decentralized Exchange (DEX) admin keys from SushiSwap (SUSHI) received, the CEO says it’s unlikely.
“This could be tricky – the real, honest answer is that either UST or LUNA will likely need to go to 0 (or both).
There is no way to save both. (And it’s not yet clear that there’s a way to save UST’s binding, even by sacrificing LUNA.)”
At the time of writing, TerraUSD is down 41.7% and is currently valued at $0.49.
Meanwhile, Terra has imploded, falling from over $80 a week ago to $1 by May 11th. LUNA is down 99.03% on the day and is trading at $0.006645 at the time of writing.
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Source: Crypto News Deutsch