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17-Month Losing Streak Brings Stablecoin Market Cap Down to $124 Billion

The stablecoin sector is experiencing a decline in total market capitalization, which has been ongoing for 17 consecutive months. As of August, it has fallen to $124 billion, a low not seen since August 2021. According to the latest Stablecoins & CBDCs report by CCData, both BUSD, and TUSD have experienced significant declines, 9.35% and 9.15%, respectively, after Binance adopted First Digital USD (FDUSD). Meanwhile, FDUSD has seen a dramatic increase in market capitalization, up 1,410% to $305 million, after being launched just last month. Trading volumes for FDUSD pairs surpassed $500 million last month, and with Binance’s zero-fee trading promotion, its trading volumes are expected to increase even more.

On the other hand, stablecoin trading volumes fell 6.14% to $453 billion in July, marking the second-lowest monthly stablecoin trading volume on centralized cryptocurrency trading platforms this year and the third-lowest since April 2019. As of August 13, stablecoin trading volumes reached $194 billion, indicating they are on track to record historically low monthly figures.

Regarding central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the report states that China’s Digital Yuan has seen significant growth. As of June, its transaction volume reached 1.8 trillion RMB, equivalent to $248 billion. The number of transactions using the Digital Yuan surged to 950 million, a 1,600% increase in transaction volume and a 164% rise in transaction count from August 2022’s update.

Several factors contribute to these trends:

Adoption of new stablecoins: The significant increase in market capitalization and trading volumes of FDUSD after its adoption by Binance highlights the impact that a vital cryptocurrency exchange can have on the stablecoin market.

Promotions and incentives: Binance’s zero-fee trading promotion for FDUSD will likely encourage more trading and increase its trading volumes.

A decline in trading volumes: The decline in stablecoin trading volumes on centralized platforms may be due to various factors, including changes in market sentiment, regulatory developments, and the rise of decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms.

Growth of CBDCs: The significant growth of China’s Digital Yuan indicates the increasing adoption and acceptance of CBDCs, which could further impact the stablecoin market.

The stablecoin market is evolving, with new entrants and shifting market dynamics. While the sector is experiencing a decline in total market capitalization and trading volumes, new stablecoins like FDUSD and the growing adoption of CBDCs like China’s Digital Yuan show that the digital currency landscape is still in flux. As the sector continues to develop, we can expect more changes and innovations that will shape the future of digital currencies.


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