I first heard of Alchemix through an acquaintance when I was bemoaning about how I am rubbish at making money from crypto. What caught my attention about Alchemix was: self-paying loans. That was the magic phrase. My ears shot up like rabbits upon hearing the sound of a predator coming. So many questions followed. Of […]
Terraform Labs, the company behind Terra blockchain has announced an additional donation of 12 million LUNA or approximately $1.2 billion to the Luna Foundation Guard (LFG) that will be directed towards its growth and stabilization to maintain the UST dollar peg. Do Kwon, the CEO of Terraform Labs, announced on Twitter that the funds will be utilized to burn and mint its UST stablecoin in order to grow the reserves of the Luna Foundation Guard. TFL has donated 12M additional $Luna to @LFG_org. https://t.co/KOqaABKWZi The funds will be burned to mint $UST, and thereafter used to grow LFG's reserves. At current prices, this reflects another 1.2B incoming addition to the $UST reserves. 🌕 — Do Kwon 🌕 (@stablekwon) March 11, 2022 UST is an algorithmic-based stablecoin in the Terra ecosystem with an exchange rate of 1:1 with the U.S. dollar and is in part maintained by swapping of/for LUNA tokens when its market value deviates from its peg. The burning of $1 in UST results in the minting of $1 in LUNA and vice versa. The purpose behind the recent move is to maintain the stability of UST and its peg to the U.S. dollar. While other stablecoins manage to maintain this peg using various systems, UST relies on its relationship with LUNA, and the arbitrage opportunities that the treasury offers to traders. Earlier last month, the Luna Foundation Guard (LFG) raised another $1 billion through its sale of the LUNA token to build a bitcoin-denominated foreign-exchange reserve for UST.
New protocols are constantly coming online in DeFi, with protocols using stablecoins being the most common. There are currently over 70 stablecoins in circulation, but no protocol supports all stablecoins.