Stablecoins were introduced to protect traders and investors against the volatility of crypto markets. But the stability of the markets over the past few months had put them on the backburner. But as the volatility returned to the markets after the BCH fork, volumes in nearly all Stablecoins shot up multifold bringing them back to the limelight.
Volumes in most Stablecoins rise more than 100%
The meltdown just before the Bitcoin Cash fork bought back trademark volatility to crypto markets. Most of the coins in that meltdown took a 10% beating exposing a lot of open positions for traders. The only hiding place for these traders was stablecoins and they utilized it well. According to the data that is available in markets most stablecoins volumes rose by over 100% as traders and investors took shelter by moving their monies to stablecoins.
According to the chart above, there has been a sudden spike in volumes for stablecoins. The dark blue graph is that of USDC, yellow resembles Dai, the light blue being that of BitUSD and Green being that of the Gemini Dollar.
Owing to the meltdown, the cryptocurrency market lost over USD 30 billion of its total market value last week, but during this same time period, the prices of certain USD-backed stablecoins have remained stable or have moved up slightly.
It now appears that stablecoins are proving to be the best shelter for crypto traders as the prices of leading cryptocurrencies continue their downward journey. Because of strict regulatory policies of exchanges and many countries, fiat currencies are hard to obtain via crypto exchanges – which leaves stablecoins as the best option to hedge against the volatility of crypto markets.
One thing worth noting here was the absence of Tether. As most crypto investors and traders were aware of the controversies surrounding Tether (USDT) and due to some high risks about Tether ’s banking operations, many crypto traders seem to have found more comfort in dealing with other alternative stablecoins now available.
For now, stablecoin seems to have played their stability role well and if Bitcoin does start striking back with its traditional volatility, there is every chance that the advancement of stablecoins will be rapid as an alternative.
Is the stablecoin craze justified with volatility returning to crypto markets? Do let us know your views on the same.
Nilesh Maurya has been associated for past 8 years as an Investment Banker with Omega Capital, a bespoke Investment Banking outfit having offices in Mumbai, New York, Singapore, and Dubai. He has been a regular contributor to business publications such as Business India and Market Express and has been a mentor to many start-up companies. Nilesh Maurya has been associated for past 8 years as an Investment Banker with Omega Capital, a bespoke Investment Banking outfit having offices in Mumbai, New York, Singapore, and Dubai. He has been a regular contributor to business publications such as Business India and Market Express and has been a mentor to many start-up companies. Follow him on Twitter at @KoinKing1 or connect with me on linkedin.