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Anchor Protocol’s Earn Rate Adjusts For The First Time, From 19.4 To 18% APY

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Anchor Protocol’s Earn Rate Adjusts For The First Time, From 19.4 To 18% APY

Following the governance vote that aimed to implement a semi-dynamic earn rate for the Anchor Protocol, the decentralized finance (defi) platform’s earn rate adjusted downward for the first time this month. After holding steady with a 19.4% annual percentage yield (APY) since the project started, Anchor Protocol’s earn rate is now roughly 18% APY for the month of May.

Defi Lending Protocol Anchor’s Earn Rate Adjusts Downward

The lending platform Anchor Protocol is the third-largest defi protocol today with $16.5 billion total value locked (TVL). Statistics show that during the last 30 days, Anchor’s TVL has increased 9.25% since last month.

Around 45 days ago, the team behind the lending protocol announced that a proposal had passed and the decentralized money market would have a fluctuating earn rate. Before the proposal, Anchor users who deposited terrausd (UST) would get a steady 19.4% APY earn rate on their UST deposits every month.

Anchor Protocol’s current APY stats.

Since the governance vote passed, the first semi-dynamic adjustment took place at the start of May, and depositors today are getting roughly around 18% APY. Since the change took place, the earn rate can increase or decrease per period to 1.5% depending on the increase and decreases in yield reserves.

With the current 18% APY, the change means this month, depositors will be getting less than they used to get prior to the adjustment change. Furthermore, in June the earn rate could very well change again depending on the protocol’s yield reserves.

Anchor Protocol now supports two blockchains, as Avalanche support was recently implemented. While $16.27 billion stems from Terra-based tokens, $202.48 million worth of Anchor’s TVL is comprised of Avalanche-based tokens. Currently, there’s $2.9 billion that’s been borrowed from the Anchor Protocol in defi loans.

The Anchor earn rate fluctuation follows the recent defi forex reserve purchases made by the Luna Foundation Guard (LFG). The non-profit organization based in Singapore leverages the reserves to back terrausd (UST) and LFG holds 80,394 BTC worth $2.89 billion and $100 million in AVAX.

With Anchor Protocol changing its incentives to a semi-dynamic earn rate, it will be interesting to see if it affects the platform’s TVL, which has seen growth month after month. During the past 24 hours, Anchor’s TVL has dropped by 2.89% and this week it’s dipped by 0.66% in the past seven days.

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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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Tron DAO Reserve Acquires Millions In TRX, Bitcoin, And Tether To Safeguard USDD

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Seven days ago, Bitcoin.com News reported on the Tron DAO Reserve purchasing $38 million in tron to safeguard the network’s stablecoin USDD. Since then and since the terrausd (UST) de-pegging event, the Tron DAO Reserve has continued to purchase large quantities of digital assets to bolster the project’s reserves. In addition to the tron purchases, the organization has been adding stablecoins and bitcoin into the mix as well.

While Terra’s Stablecoin Imploded, Tron’s Algorithmic Dollar-Pegged Crypto Project Purchases Millions Worth of Tron, Bitcoin, and Tether to Defend USDD

During the past week, all eyes have been focused on the Terra blockchain and its native crypto assets LUNA and UST. Both coins divebombed significantly in USD value and more than $46 billion in value disappeared from the crypto economy in roughly three days. Amid all the carnage, the Tron DAO Reserve has continued to purchase crypto assets for its digital currency-based forex reserves. On May 7, Bitcoin.com News reported on Tron’s founder Justin Sun and the Tron DAO Reserve purchasing $38 million in tron (TRX).

Since then the project has continued to buy crypto amid the market carnage that took place because of the UST fallout. Tron’s stablecoin USDD is also an algorithmic dollar-pegged crypto asset that has similarities to Terra’s UST. After the purchase of 504.6 million tron (TRX), the Tron DAO Reserve tweeted that the team aims to “guard the overall blockchain industry and market, prevent panic trading caused by financial crises, and mitigate severe and long-term economic downturns.” The Tron DAO Reserve (TDR) further added:

We also manage the permissions of USDD as its early custodian and ensure its price stability with reserves.

After the 504.6 million tron purchase, the TDR continued to add funds into the reserve this past week. “To safeguard the overall blockchain industry and crypto market, Tron DAO Reserve have bought 500 BTC with an average price $31,031.35 for $15,515,675,” TDR detailed on May 10. The same day, the TDR said it purchased 595,729,832 tron for $45.6 million. While the crypto market was chaotic that day the TDR team noted “USDD holds steady in today’s market volatility.”

Buying MOAR! https://t.co/DVG3sIWlic

— H.E. Justin Sun 🅣🌞🇬🇩 (@justinsuntron) May 12, 2022

The following day on May 11, the TDR team tweeted: “To safeguard the overall blockchain industry and crypto market, [TDR] have bought 1,000 BTC with an average price of $30,096 for $30,096,000.” Following that purchase, the TDR organization bought 1,467,612,695 TRX for $97 million for the reserves. The TDR then started to buy stablecoins after the $97 million worth of tron was purchased. The TDR team explained on May 12:

To safeguard the overall blockchain industry and crypto market, [TDR] have bought 100,000,000 USDT with an average price of $0.982 with $98,200,000.

The TDR team did not stop there and has continued to purchase more coins to safeguard the Tron network’s stablecoin USDD. The TDR said on May 12, it purchased 200 million USDT for $0.985 per unit which added up to around $197 million in U.S. dollars. The Tron-based stablecoin reserve team then bought 1,249.57 BTC at an average price of around $29,394.

Tron’s Justin Sun ‘Still Believes in Algorithmic Stablecoins’

Currently, on Saturday, May 14, 2022, the USDD stablecoin has a market valuation of around $272.36 million and there are 271,438,207 USDD in circulation at the time of writing. During the past day, USDD has seen $85.5 million in global trade volume and the crypto asset is 156th largest market cap.

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Similar to the Terra blockchain’s mechanism of burning LUNA to produce UST, to mint a single USDD it costs $1 worth of tron to issue the crypto asset. This means it can grow as large as the market allows it as it allows anyone to mint the stablecoin in a permissionless manner. However, with the market turmoil that took place because of the UST de-pegging event, it is safe to say the crypto community is leery of algorithmic stablecoin assets.

Despite the issues this past week, Tron founder Justin Sun talked to Coindesk’s Tracy Wang and he said that he is still optimistic about the algorithmic stablecoin model. “I still believe in algorithmic stablecoins,” Sun explained to Wang during a Zoom interview.

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What do you think about the USDD stablecoin project created by the Tron team? What do you think about the TDR’s purchases 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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This is how Terra opens the door to a truly decentralized future

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Terra’s stablecoin TerraUSD (UST) has turned a lot of heads around these last few weeks, and the reason behind it isn’t singular.

In the world of crypto, where the value of any asset is still determined in USD and will continue to be, UST is trying to become the base standard replacing USD, and there is a fair chance that it would be able to do so in the future. 

Terra UST and its challenges

Although USDT and USDC have a significantly higher demand and circulating supply right now, the reason why UST stands a chance to be the currency of the future are the two elements that separate it from the top two stablecoins – Decentralization and independence from the dollar.

That is the point of cryptocurrencies that they cannot be and should not be controlled by any one single entity. USDT and USDC are both centrally managed by Bitfinex and Circle.

Now while USDC is better known for its transparency, Bitfinex has been the subject of criticism in the past due to its lack of security as well as incidents of price manipulation in the past. 

Being centralized leaves the door open to manipulation from either of the parent company regardless of past evidence. Secondly, both these coins are collateralized by the U.S dollar and minted by their respective owners. 

UST removes this dependency by algorithmically adjusting the supply of the total minted UST by LUNA holders. Since UST tracks the price of the dollar, it still functions in a similar manner as to how USDT and USDC work.

But that is where it faces some backlash as well. Algorithmic stablecoins are considered to be much more challenging to be overseen by regulators, and critics even believe that there is always an uncertainty to their existence and stability since their only hold value as long as investors expect them to. 

Functionality or regulation?

Although what people forget is that many cryptocurrencies in the market operate exactly on that basis – functionality.

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Bitcoin’s price is set on the basis of rarity, but the likes of Ethereum, Solana, and Avalanche – three of the top 10 coins – have risen thanks to their functionality on their chains.

And gradually, UST is also becoming a prime candidate in its category. Just this week, Binance.US launched UST as a base trading pair for Bitcoin (BTC/UST), with OKX also doing the same for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana, and Avalanche on 2 April.

🟢 NEW IN: 4⃣️new $UST @terra_money Spot Trading pairs are NOW available on #OKX!

🔘 BTC/UST

🔘 ETH/UST

🔘 SOL/UST

🔘 AVAX/UST

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— OKX (@okx) April 2, 2022

This is evidence that UST is not only finding more demand but also a utility, and once its true potential of being a decentralized, dollar-independent stablecoin is realized, it might become the currency of a decentralized future.

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Tron’s Justin Sun Reveals Decentralized Algorithmic Stablecoin USDD

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On April 21, Justin Sun, the founder of Tron, announced the launch of a decentralized algorithmic stablecoin called USDD. Sun said on Thursday that the USDD Network will “provide custody service for the $10 [billion] worth of highly liquid assets raised from blockchain industry initiators and use them as an early-stage reserve.”

Tron to Launch a Native Stablecoin Called USDD

Justin Sun from the Tron network has revealed a new stablecoin issued on top of the blockchain Tron. The announcement was also published on hejustinsun.com in a blog post called “An Open Letter on the Issuance of USDD, a Decentralized Algorithmic Stablecoin on Tron.” The letter explains how stablecoins have evolved from the “Omni-USDT 1.0 era” to decentralized algorithmic stablecoins. The blog post details that the Tron DAO has partnered with “major blockchain players” in order to launch USDD. The blog post further claims USDD will be “the most decentralized stablecoin in human history.”

Tron’s USDD launch follows the exponential climb of a few decentralized stablecoins. First Makerdao’s DAI propelled to the top spot in terms of market capitalization among stablecoin as it offers an over-collateralization method in order to keep its dollar peg. In more recent times, Terra’s UST has surpassed DAI’s market valuation and it also offers an algorithmic reserve method in order to keep its dollar peg. Terra’s UST is now the third-largest stablecoin project, as it commands a $17.89 billion market capitalization.

In fact, USDD operates an awful lot like Terra’s UST and Sun explained on Thursday it will be backed by $10 billion in crypto reserves to start. “In the Stablecoin 3.0 era, USDD will not rely on any centralized institutions for redemption, management, and storage,” the blog post on hejustinsun.com notes. “In the Stablecoin 3.0 era, USDD will not rely on any centralized institutions for redemption, management, and storage. Instead, it will achieve full on-chain decentralization.” The blog post adds:

USDD will be pegged to the underlying asset, TRX, and issued in a decentralized manner. When USDD’s price is lower than 1 USD, users and arbitrageurs can send 1 USDD to the system and receive 1 USD worth of TRX.

Terra Founder Do Kwon congratulates Tron DAO and Justin Sun

While a number of individuals on Twitter called Justin Sun’s and Tron’s new stablecoin a “UST lookalike,” Terra’s founder Do Kwon spoke about the comments directed at USDD. “This should be obvious but – The more carmakers go electric, Tesla wins,” Do Kwon said. “Similarly, the more blockchains issue their own sovereign stablecoins, UST wins. The true moon will be found in helping as many communities become self sovereign as possible.”

In another tweet, Do Kwon congratulated the Tron DAO and Justin Sun. Terra’s founder said:

Tron DAO is launching an algorithmic stablecoin with mint-and-burn mechanics called USDD – mint and burn TRX, redeem against TRX. Decentralized economies deserve decentralized money – every blockchain will run on [decentralized] stables soon.

Tron’s new stablecoin has been a topical conversation on social media on Thursday. While USDD will allow people to mint and burn with TRX and hold billions in crypto reserves, some people suggested the project should hold bitcoin (BTC) as well. Moreover, Sun’s tweet on Thursday further noted that the Tron DAO reserve will “set its basic risk-free interest rate to 30% per annum.”

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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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