The stablecoin market, in general, is going through hard times, though the algorithmic coins suffered the most.
The notorious failure of the Terra USD (UST) stablecoin affected the crypto market, but the algorithmic stablecoins took the harshest punch. Since its peak in April 2022, the market share of algorithmic stablecoins shrank almost tenfold.
According to a new report from CryptoCompare, the current market share of algorithmic stablecoins stands at 1.71%, while its all-time high record in April 2022 reached 12.4% of the whole crypto market. Before its crash, Terra USD accounted for 79.8% of the algorithmic stablecoin’s market share.
The stablecoin market is generally suffering, with January becoming the tenth consecutive month of decline in its market capitalization. In December 2022, centralized exchanges saw a net outflow of $3.65 billion in stablecoins — the largest since November 2021. According to CryptoCompare:
“The decline in stablecoin dominance suggests market participants are rotating out of stablecoins and into risk assets.”
Tether (USDT), USD Coin (USDC) and Binance USD (BUSD) remain the leaders in the stablecoin market, with USDT accounting for 48.7% of the market share — the highest dominance recorded since October 2021.
The report also highlights the so-called “stablecoin war,” heated up by Coinbase’s decision to introduce a zero-fee trade to swap USDT for USDC in December 2022. Minted by the exchange, USDC currently accounts for less than 1% of the stablecoins trading volume on Coinbase. Earlier in 2022, Binance also introduced its BUSD auto-conversion feature, which automatically converted users’ balances of USDC, USDP and TrueUSD to BUSD on a 1:1 basis.
In late January, the CEO of Visa, Al Kelly, expressed his belief that, along with central bank digital currencies, stablecoins have the potential to play a meaningful role in the payments space.