Jeremy Allaire stated that there is currently concern about the banking system and regulatory environment in the States

​Circle CEO blames US regulators for the decrease in USDC capitalization

26.04.2023 - 09:20

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What’s new? Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire said that the drop in the market value of his company’s USDC stablecoin has been driven by investors’ desire to “de-risk out of the US” amid banking and regulatory problems. According to him, there is currently concern about the banking system and regulatory environment in the States. USDC lost its peg to the dollar after the Silicon Valley Bank collapse in March but has since stabilized. However, its market capitalization has continued to fall and by April 26 it reached $30,69 billion, down from a peak of $56 billion in 2022, according to CoinGecko.

Bloomberg’s material

What is going on with Circle? USDC lost parity with the dollar after it emerged that Circle held 8% of its asset reserves (over $3 billion) in the bankrupt SVB. On March 13, the company resumed access to deposits at SVB and began transferring reserves to BNY Mellon Bank. At the time, Allaire said USDC was “the safest digital dollar on the internet.”

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After the collapse of SVB Circle called on Congress to urgently pass legislation to regulate stablecoins, while not banning innovation in the crypto industry.

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