Reports said that the third-largest stablecoin by market cap, TerraUSD (UST), appears to be in a catastrophic tailspin which has seen it de-peg from the dollar and drop to as low as $0.67 on Tuesday.
It has been reported that as its price has fallen, so has its market capitalization along with that of Terra (LUNA), which backs the majority of the value of UST. Adding further insult to injury, the market cap of UST has vastly surpassed that of LUNA, drawing extreme scrutiny from the crypto community.
However, as of today, the UST price is $0.78 with a market cap of $14.1 billion, while LUNA has been in a freefall, collapsing to $35.07. This has caused massive liquidations on leveraged positions, dropping its market cap to $12.3 billion, according to CoinGecko data.
The report said that if the market cap of LUNA is lower than UST, it is possible that there are not enough funds in the Terra project to properly back the value of the algorithmic stablecoin and maintain its peg. The Luna Foundation Guard (LFG), which is in charge of ensuring UST maintains its peg to the United States dollar, has been in damage control to try to mitigate any further losses and return the stablecoin to $1.00.
Likewise, its strategy of acquiring Bitcoin (BTC) to collateralize UST has not yet had a positive impact in the face of several factors. It was reported that a whale began dumping $285 million worth of UST started Saturday, causing the stablecoin to drop to $0.98 and LUNA to drop to a three-month low of $61.
As LUNA price and the UST peg itself looked unstable, the LFG deployed $1.5 billion worth of BTC on Monday as a means of adding much-needed liquidity to the ecosystem. The LFG loaned out coins to trading firms “to protect the UST peg” and 750 million UST tokens to accumulate BTC.
Thus, the LFG held about 167,081 BTC, worth around $3.5 billion as of Friday when it announced it had acquired an additional 37,863 BTC.