Cryptocurrency

The death spiral of the Terra ecosystem served as a catalyst to the 2022 bear market — causing losses in the billions, damaging investor sentiment and intensifying the regulatory spotlight over cryptocurrencies. However, the recent depegging of Circle’s USD Coin (USDC) led Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao to believe that traditional banks are a risk to stablecoins that are usually pegged 1:1 with fiat currencies, like the U.S. dollar.

On March 11, Circle disclosed that Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) did not process its $3.3 billion withdrawal request. The crypto market responded to the revelation by selling off USDC holdings, causing the U.S. dollar-backed stablecoin to lose its peg. Given SVB’s direct involvement in destabilizing USDC prices, CZ blamed banks for increasing the risks to stablecoins.

Supporting CZ’s sentiment, a community member pitched the idea of a crypto-backed stablecoin. CZ responded by highlighting the defunct algorithmic stablecoin launched by Do Kwon, saying:

“Do Kwon actually had the right idea, but just failed miserably on execution.”

Moreover, according to CZ, fiat currencies are a risk without adding crypto to the equation.

While numerous jurisdictions have sought legal actions against Kwon, the entrepreneur continues to reside in a safe haven unknown to the authorities.

Related: Circle’s USDC instability causes domino effect on DAI, USDD stablecoins

Many investors foresaw the possibility of USDC depegging and decided to sell their holdings to avoid losses. However, for one such investor, a hasty decision led to a loss of over $2 million for one such investor.

Instead of selling their USDC holdings in a liquidity pool for 6% slippage, the investor chose a “questionable” method resulting in a maximal extractable value (MEV) bot netting $2.045 million in profit after paying $45 in gas and $39,000 in MEV bribes.

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