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June 08, 2023

USDC: The Stablecoin That’s Weathering the Storm of the US Banking Crisis

Circle, the issuer of USDC, remains confident about its future despite recent liquidity challenges caused by the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB).

USDC: The Stablecoin Thats Weathering the Storm of the US Banking Crisis

In March 2023, during the US regional banking crisis, Circle faced substantial redemptions due to fears and uncertainties over its reserves at SVB. The company transferred its SVB funds to the Bank of New York Mellon, effectively averting potential risks.

Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle, is optimistic that the company will have a competitive edge once the US establishes a clear regulatory framework.

US lawmakers are currently trying to classify cryptocurrencies as either securities or commodities through a draft proposal. The lack of extensive regulations has made the crypto market ecosystem difficult to navigate.

Recent legal actions against prominent companies like Binance and Coinbase have stirred concerns about potential bias from US regulators, particularly the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), against non-US crypto businesses. There is speculation that USDC, a stablecoin, might receive more favorable treatment from the US government compared to its main competitor, Tether (USDT).

Allaire stresses that Circle’s steadfast adherence to financial regulations will eventually give USDC a competitive advantage.

Commenting on a recently proposed stablecoin bill in the US House of Representatives, Allaire said, “With a bill like this, we’ll end up doing more business with banks than we currently do.” He believes that as banks may not be licensed to operate in the digital assets industry, USDC could directly compete with traditional US banks.

Circle’s way

Since its establishment in 2013, Circle has demonstrated a strong commitment to regulatory compliance. The company has been approved to operate in Singapore and holds a money transmitter license in 48 US areas.

Recently, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) granted Circle’s Singapore division a Major Payment Institution (MPI) license, which further strengthens its regulatory standing. Circle has taken further steps by applying for a license in France. They hope to gain recognition as an electronic money institution and a digital asset service provider, though they are still waiting for approval.

Circle’s proactive measures during the ongoing banking crisis highlight its strategic approach to securing its market position. By presenting USDC as a stablecoin that complies with financial regulations, Circle hopes to secure a substantial market share.

  • The California Department of Financial Protection closed Silicon Valley Bank on Friday, March 10, after $42 billion were withdrawn by VC funds and their clients. Circle, the issuer of USDC, announced on Friday that it has $3.3 billion out of its $40 billion in reserves.

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Nik is an accomplished analyst and writer at Metaverse Post, specializing in delivering cutting-edge insights into the fast-paced world of technology, with a particular emphasis on AI/ML, XR, VR, on-chain analytics, and blockchain development. His articles engage and inform a diverse audience, helping them stay ahead of the technological curve. Possessing a Master's degree in Economics and Management, Nik has a solid grasp of the nuances of the business world and its intersection with emergent technologies.

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Nik is an accomplished analyst and writer at Metaverse Post, specializing in delivering cutting-edge insights into the fast-paced world of technology, with a particular emphasis on AI/ML, XR, VR, on-chain analytics, and blockchain development. His articles engage and inform a diverse audience, helping them stay ahead of the technological curve. Possessing a Master's degree in Economics and Management, Nik has a solid grasp of the nuances of the business world and its intersection with emergent technologies.

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