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Ethereum (ETH) Market Cap Falls More Than $124 Billion In Six Weeks

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Ethereum (ETH) Market Cap Falls More Than $124 Billion In Six Weeks

Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, is currently in freefall. Over $124 billion in capital vanished from the Ethereum (ETH) decentralized finance (DeFi) in six weeks.

Seven months ago, ETH reached its highest value ever at $4,891.70 on November 16, 2021. But it is now trading at around $1,100, which is less than 75.2% of its all-time high value.

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The start of 2022 was unstable for the cryptocurrency market, particularly ETH, but in previous weeks, things have become much more complicated. However, the larger crypto market continues to fall due to macroeconomic uncertainty fueled by an unstable stock market, interest rate hikes, and the fear of crisis.

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The Ethereum DeFi Market Is Deleveraging Dramatically

Glassnode, a blockchain analytics firm, released a report on June 17. The report was titled “The Great DeFi Deleveraging.” The report stated that over $124 billion in the capital had been drained out in only six weeks from the Ethereum DeFi market. As a result, its market value is deleveraging rapidly.

According to their statement, many reasons have sparked a wide range of margin calls, liquidations, and deleveraging. These reasons include worldwide monetary policy tightening, the growing strength of the US dollar, and decreasing values of risk assets.

Their analysis looks at some early warning signs that predict a drop in ETH usage and community demand after the November 2021 all-time high of ETH value.

They claimed that on-chain activity and Ethereum gas prices had decreased over six months. This indicates a drop in overall Ethereum network activity.

ETH is currently trading below $1,100 on the daily chart | ETH/USD chart from Tradingview.com

 As stated in the report:

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Across many facets of the Ethereum ecosystem, the demand profile has been waning, with general application usage in decline, and network congestion easing after the Nov 2021 ATH, and a cooling off of NFT markets becoming evident in recent weeks.

TVL on Ethereum Dropped By 60%

According to the report, Ethereum’s TVL (Total Value of All Ether) dropped by 60% in six weeks. The decline occurred in two stages. In May, the Terraforms Lab’s project collapsed and caused a $94 billion loss. And in June, ETH fell below $1,000, resulting in a $30 billion loss.

By the report, there have only been two higher magnitude deleveraging events: 

The first being -46.0% associated with the recent LUNA collapse and -37.5% during the sell-off from the then-ATH set in May 2021.

The combined market valuation of the top four stablecoins USDT, USDC, BUSD, and DAI has now exceeded the market valuation of ETH by $3.0 billion.  

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Glassnode stated that the deleveraging event taking place is painful and is similar to a mini-financial crisis. However, they added that although this is difficult, it provides an opportunity to eliminate excess leverage and rebuild healthily.

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While Bitcoin And Ethereum Dominance Slides, Stablecoin Market Caps Reap The Rewards

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While Bitcoin And Ethereum Dominance Slides, Stablecoin Market Caps Reap The Rewards

During the past 30 days, $285 billion has left the crypto economy and bitcoin’s USD value hit a 2022 low at $17,593 per unit on June 18. Moreover, last month’s statistics show bitcoin’s market dominance was 2.9% higher and ethereum’s market dominance was 2.1% higher than it is today.

Bitcoin and Ethereum Dominance Has Dropped Over the Last Month

The crypto bear market has done some damage to the digital currency economy and many continue to wonder if the market carnage will continue. The market has seen a brief consolidation period after the most recent sell-off, which took BTC down to $17,593 per unit and ETH dipped to $877 per coin.

A visual of the top market capitalizations among 13,385 crypto assets on June 28, 2022.

Both coins have seen a significant amount of fiat value removed since last month and BTC’s and ETH’s market dominance has decreased since then as well. At the time, BTC was trading for $28,946 per unit on May 27, 2022, and ETH was exchanging hands for $1,745 per unit.

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At the time of writing, BTC is exchanging hands for just above $21K per unit, while ETH is swapping for $1,221 per unit. BTC dominated the $1.25 trillion crypto economy by 43.9% on that day and ETH had a dominance rating of 17.1%. 30 days later, data shows that BTC’s current dominance is 41%, while ETH commands 15% of the entire crypto economy.

Tether, USD Coin, and BUSD Dominance Swells

The stablecoin tether (USDT) captures 6.94% of the digital currency economy’s net value and usd coin (USDC) commands 5.77%. Tether’s market cap has grown since last month as it was hovering around 5.72% at that time.

In mid-May, USDC’s market capitalization represented 3.77% of the crypto economy. The Binance-issued stablecoin BUSD equated to 1.43% of the crypto economy in terms of dominance, and today it’s 1.8%. In fact, between USDT, USDC, and BUSD, the combined market capitalizations equate to 14.51%, which is just shy of ETH’s 14.7% dominance rating.

While BTC saw $18.7 billion in global trade volume during the past 24 hours and ETH saw $13.5 billion, the combined $32.2 billion in trade volume is still eclipsed by USDT’s $48.58 billion during the last day. Out of all the 24-hour BTC trades, 60.62% of those bitcoin trades are paired with tether (USDT).

With lower dominance ratings for both BTC and ETH, it seems sellers gravitated towards stablecoins. This trend suggests that it is possible but not guaranteed that much of the stablecoin funds are people waiting on the sideline for ETH’s and BTC’s official bottoms.

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What do you think about bitcoin’s and ethereum’s dominance ratings sliding during the last 30 days, while stablecoin market caps have swelled? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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Stablecoin Market Nears 15% Of The Entire Crypto Economy’s Market Valuation

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Stablecoin Market Nears 15% Of The Entire Crypto Economy’s Market Valuation

Roughly two months ago on April 11, the stablecoin economy was valued at $190 billion and was getting closer to surpassing $200 billion in value. However, after the Terra stablecoin fallout, the fiat-pegged token economy lost $16.31 billion in value since then. While that value was erased from the stablecoin market, stablecoins themselves represented 9.35% of the entire crypto economy’s net U.S. dollar value at the time. 61 days later, the crypto economy is worth roughly $1.15 trillion and the stablecoin economy represents 13.8% of that total today.

In 61 Days, Stablecoin Dominance Swelled From 9% to 13.8%

For the first time in history, three stablecoins were top ten digital currencies in terms of market valuation 36 days ago on May 6, 2022. At the time, it was tether (USDT), usd coin (USDC) and terrausd (UST), but that was before the UST implosion.

While terrausd is gone, there’s still three stablecoins in the top ten today, as binance usd (BUSD) is the seventh-largest crypto asset as far as market cap is concerned. Two months ago on April 11, the stablecoin economy was valued at $190 billion but today, the valuation of the stablecoin market is now $159 billion.

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On May 6, just before UST de-pegged from the $1 parity, tether, usd coin, and terrausd were the top three stablecoins in the top ten largest market cap coins. Today, with UST gone, BUSD has entered the top ten standings.

On that day in April, the entire crypto economy was valued at $2.03 trillion and today it’s worth roughly $1.15 trillion. Even though Terra’s UST fallout saw billions leave the stablecoin economy, it dominates by a lot more than it did when it was nearing $200 billion.

On April 11, 2022, the $190 billion stablecoin market cap equated to 9.3% of the entire crypto economy’s $2.03 trillion. Today, at $159 billion, the stablecoin economy is now 13.8% of the aggregate value of $1.15 trillion.

Stablecoins account for whole lot of trade volume as well, and at the time of writing, fiat-pegged tokens have seen $46.1 billion in trade volume, while all the crypto assets combined saw $71.6 billion. The data shows that 64.38% of all the digital currency trades today are swapped against stablecoin pairs.

For instance, tether (USDT) trades account for 60.26% of bitcoin’s (BTC) global trade volume while BUSD commands 10.05%. USDT and BUSD are BTC’s top two trading pairs at the time of writing, according to cryptocompare.com metrics.

Tether (USDT) is still the king of stablecoins with an $72 billion market valuation that represents more than 6% of the entire crypto economy. Usd coin (USDC) is the second-largest stablecoin by market cap with $53.7 billion in value.

USDC dominates today by more than 4% of the crypto economy and combined both USDC and USDT make up 76.92% of the entire stablecoin dominance of 13.40%. BUSD meanwhile, represents 1.58% of the entire crypto economy. That leaves a little more than 1% of the crypto economy that stem from stablecoins like DAI, FRAX, TUSD, and USDP.

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What do you think about the stablecoin economy representing 13.8% of the entire crypto economy? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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Stablecoin Shuffle — Terra Fiasco Shakes Up Fiat-Pegged Crypto Economy, Over $35 Billion Disappears

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Stablecoin Shuffle — Terra Fiasco Shakes Up Fiat-Pegged Crypto Economy, Over $35 Billion Disappears

According to statistics on Friday, May 13, the top stablecoins by market capitalization are currently worth $163.7 billion after the stablecoin economy was valued at close to $200 billion just last week. Of course, the climactic terrausd (UST) failure wiped out billions from the stablecoin economy, and Binance’s stablecoin BUSD has recently entered the top ten crypto market capitalization positions. Just as it caused carnage in the crypto economy, Terra’s recent downfall has caused a great shift within the stablecoin ecosystem.

The Stablecoin Economy’s Great Shift

It was only a week ago when the stablecoin economy was awfully close to surpassing the $200 billion mark, but Terra’s recent collapse changed all that. Terra’s once stable token terrausd (UST) was once the third-largest stablecoin in existence until it lost its $1 parity. The token that’s supposed to be pegged to a U.S. dollar’s value is now trading for under $0.20 per unit. Still, the market valuation makes it the sixth-largest market cap in coingecko.com’s “Stablecoins by Market Capitalization” list.

The top ten stablecoin tokens by market capitalization according to coingecko.com’s statistics on May 13, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. (ET). Coingecko notes that “UST has remained de-pegged from the U.S. dollar since 9th May 2022.”

During the last month, out of the top ten stablecoins by market valuation, none of the stablecoin projects saw growth. USDC dipped by 0% over the last 30 days, while all the other top stablecoins saw 30-day declines. BUSD is now the third-largest stablecoin token today with a $17.3 billion market capitalization and BUSD has also stepped into the top ten crypto coins by market cap, taking the ninth position among 13,000+ coins.

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Makerdao’s DAI token is now the fourth-largest stablecoin market capitalization with $6 billion today. Makerdao’s native token MKR jumped 15% in value during the past 24 hours taking on some of UST’s fallout. In fact, most of the stablecoins that have managed to remain stable and have reaped the benefits of UST’s crash.

While Some See the Need for ‘More Regulatory Framework’ Around Fiat-Pegged Coins, Some Believe a Decentralized Stablecoin Is Still Needed

On May 12, 2022, Circle Financial’s CEO Jeremy Allaire tweeted: “USDC/USDT is the trade of the day. Flight to quality.” The Circle executive appeared on CNBC’s broadcast “Squawk Box,” and noted that there needs to be “more regulatory framework around stablecoins.” A number of people have been watching the performance of so-called decentralized and algorithmic stablecoins extremely closely since Terra’s downfall.

Despite the recent Terra UST carnage, many still believe there’s a great need for decentralized and algorithmic stablecoins among the centralized giants. Avalanche (AVAX) founder Emin Gün Sirer believes the crypto ecosystem needs a decentralized stablecoin.

A day before LUNA went under a U.S. penny, Gün Sirer said: “Even fully-collateralized fiat stablecoins have de-pegged. Even some of the weak [algorithmic] stablecoins have recovered.” The AVAX founder also stated that he had “always said that [algorithmic] stables are subject to destabilizing bank runs.” Despite the bank run risk, Gün Sirer explained that a decentralized stablecoin is still needed in the industry.

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

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What do you think about the stablecoin economy shuffle this week? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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