The total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance (DeFi) fell to US$63.12 billion as prices across the broad crypto market fell. The declines were highlighted by the TRON algorithmic stablecoin USDD losing parity with the U.S. dollar on Monday, along with a 17% drop in the TRON native token TRX over the past 24 hours. 

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Fast facts

  • Tron founder Justin Sun tweeted that short-sellers are betting against the digital currency and that the Tron DAO reserve deployed US$2.5 billion in total overnight to defend the USDD peg to the dollar. 
  • Tron DeFi TVL has dwindled to US$4.53 billion, while the larger DeFi market TVL has sunk to the lowest level since April 2021, according to DefiLlama data.
  • The USDD’s loss of parity with the U.S. currency is raising concerns the market could face a repeat of what happened last month when the Terra algorithmic stablecoin lost its peg with the U.S. dollar and eventually collapsed, bringing down the US$40 billion Terra system. 

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