Stablecoin Resurgence and USDT Dominance

Martin Walker
Sep 4, 2023 at 01:24 pm

The crypto analytics platform, known as Santiment, has recently observed a resurgence in the collective market capitalization of the six largest stablecoins. These stablecoins, which include USDT, USDC, BUSD, DAI, TUSD, and USDP, have shown signs of renewed vitality over the past few days, akin to a phoenix rising from the ashes. This positive trend sharply contrasts with the significant downward spiral that began in the first quarter of the preceding year, as the crypto winter intensified like a relentless snowstorm.

According to the latest data from Santiment, the combined market cap of these stable assets has notched up an impressive achievement, surpassing the $121 billion mark. This surge of capital into these stablecoins has injected over $660 million into the market over the last two weeks, akin to a refreshing rain shower revitalizing a parched landscape. This marks a noteworthy improvement compared to the extended period of decline that persisted over the past 18 months, reminiscent of a drought that seemed unending. Just to put things into perspective, the total market capitalization of the largest stablecoins was hovering around a substantial $165 billion back in May 2022, just before the Terra collapse sent shockwaves through the market like a sudden, unexpected flood.

Top Stablecoin Market Cap, Source: SantimentTop Stablecoin Market Cap, Source: Santiment  

Various events played their part in the market's roller-coaster ride. These included the FTX meltdown in November of the previous year, which sent tremors through the crypto landscape akin to a seismic event, and the US banking crisis that erupted like a spring thunderstorm. The turmoil in the banking sector, particularly Circle's multi-billion-dollar exposure to Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), had a domino effect on the performance of USDC, much like a ship caught in a turbulent sea. The stablecoin's market capitalization stood tall at over $44 billion, as reported by CoinGecko, before the catastrophe struck. Today, it's like a river that has lost much of its flow, with a market capitalization of approximately $26 billion.

Amidst these fluctuations, there's one stablecoin that stands out like an oasis in a desert of uncertainty - USDT. Tether's flagship stablecoin has not just weathered the storm; it has thrived and expanded its dominance over its rivals. In addition, its market capitalization reached a remarkable all-time high of over $84.1 billion at the dawn of August, a sight akin to witnessing a majestic waterfall in full force.

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