Tether Dominates Curve's 3pool Liquidity With DAI, USDC Accounting for Just 15%

Tether accounts for 85% of the total liquidity in Curve's 3pool. While the stablecoin is seeing some volatility, the price remains firmly near the 1:1 U.S. dollar peg,

AccessTimeIconNov 10, 2022 at 12:34 p.m. UTC
Updated Nov 10, 2022 at 4:55 p.m. UTC
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Decentralized exchange Curve's 3pool, perhaps one of the most important pools for stablecoins in decentralized finance, is heavily imbalanced.

  • At press time, tether (USDT), the world's largest stablecoin by market value, accounted for 85% of the pool's liquidity. The other two pool components – MakerDAO's DAI and USDC – accounted for 15%.
  • Tether's dominance in the pool has doubled this week.
  • The renewed imbalance suggests an increased preference for DAI and USDC over tether – a phenomenon last observed after Terra's crash in May saw tether turn volatile and lose its peg.
  • USDT accounted for 60% of the pool in July as the fear about tether permanently losing its 1:1 U.S. dollar peg gripped the market.
  • That fear seems to have returned, with tether seeing minor volatility amid rumors that Alameda, FTX's sister concern, is swapping USDT for USDC.
  • USDT briefly fell to just under 98 cents soon before press time. Historically, tether has moved in the range of 98 cents to $1.02 most of the time.

UPDATE (Nov. 11, 12:56 UTC): Updates story with latest figures.


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