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- Stablecoins are cryptos whose value is pegged to real-world assets.
- Tether (USDT) is the world’s largest stablecoin by market capitalization.
- The BUSD crypto is regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services.
Stablecoins are cryptos whose value is tied to real-world assets like fiat currency, commodities, or financial instruments. Stablecoins are relatively less volatile as they are pegged to real-world assets.
Here we explore the top three stablecoins on investors’ radar.
USDT is the world’s largest stablecoin by market capitalization. Its price is pegged to the US dollar. The stablecoin is issued by Tether, a Hong Kong-based firm.
The token maintains its pegged USD price by holding commercial papers, fiduciary deposits, cash, and other assets equivalent to the US dollar value.
The project was originally launched as Realcoin in 2014 by Brock Pierce, Reeve Collins, and Craig Sellars. It trades on crypto exchanges like Binance, HitBTC, Huobi Global, etc.
The USDT price traded flat at US$0.999 at 12:46 pm ET on June 30. Its one-day volume rose 6.96% to US$46.72 billion. Its market cap is US$66.34 billion, and its fully-diluted market cap is US$68.53 billion.
USDC price is pegged to the US dollar on a 1:1 ratio. Every circulating token is backed by US$1 held in reserve. Its total reserve is a mix of cash and short-term US Treasury bonds. The Centre consortium, which created USDC, claims the coin is issued by regulated financial institutions.
BUSD is a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar. Binance issued the coin in partnership with Paxos. BUSD is regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) and provides its monthly audit report on its website. BUSD is issued as an ERC-20 token that supports BEP-2.
The BUSD price was down 0.25% to US$0.9994, while its one-day volume rose 1.96% to US$$6.16 billion at 1:03 pm ET on June 30. Its market cap is US$17.53 billion, and its fully-diluted market cap is US$17.53 billion.
Stablecoins are generally considered safe compared to other crypto assets during a market downturn. Given the high volatility in the crypto market, some investors opt to invest in stablecoins as their value is pegged to real-world assets. However, after the TerraUSD crash in March, investors should exercise due diligence before spending on crypto assets.
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