Terra’s dollar-pegged stablecoin, terraUSD (UST), “depegged” for the second time this week, dropping to as low as US$0.6841 in Tuesday morning trading in Asia, according to CoinMarketCap. It has since recovered slightly.

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Fast facts

  • Terra’s price also dropped by over 60% of its value since late last week, resulting in a market capitalization of US$11.5 billion, less than that of its own UST.
  • UST is an algorithmic stablecoin of the Terra network, which uses the native token LUNA as collateral to peg the UST to the U.S. dollar.
  • Smart contracts are reportedly used to control the supply of LUNA to maintain the UST’s dollar peg.
  • As Terra’s market cap is now less than UST, there is likely not enough capital to back the underlying token, affecting the peg.
  • The Luna Foundation Guard on Sunday said it would lend US$750 million of its Bitcoin reserves to stabilize UST’s price following the depegging when UST’s value fell under US$0.99.
  • The rest of the crypto market was also down as Bitcoin briefly dropped below the US$30,000 mark for the first time since July last year before recovering to US$30,674 at press time.

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