😬 Uh-oh! Tron’s Stablecoin USDD Slips its Peg as TRX Tumbles

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😬 Uh-oh! Tron’s Stablecoin USDD Slips its Peg as TRX Tumbles

By Samuel Haig


TROUBLE Tron’s algorithmic stablecoin USDD appears to be in trouble despite recent moves from the Tron DAO to overcollateralize the token.

TURMOIL The supposedly stable USDD token lost its peg to the U.S. dollar amid market turmoil. According to CoinGecko, the token is now changing hands for $0.98. TRX also slumped more than 25% in 12 hours from June 13 to June 14, sparking fears the token may be on the verge of its own death spiral.

SOLD OFF USDD is not the only stablecoin to slide below $1 as the markets sold off. Top centralized stablecoins Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USD Coin) dropped to $0.995 and $0.099 respectively, while leading decentralized stable token DAI oscillated between roughly $0.99 and $1.02 during the market carnage.


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🌨 Crypto Investors Dig In For Long Winter as Market Erases Two Years of Gains

Hope for a Short-Term Swoon Dashed as BTC and ETH Return to 2020 Levels

By Aleksandar Gilbert


FUNK It happens in every bear market — total capitulation. For months, investors hang on to the hope that the market will shake off a short-term funk and get back to its bullish ways. Then bam! Something happens and the market knows… This is going to be a long-term bummer.

WITHDRAWALS This time that something is called Celsius. And with the news of the CeFi exchange’s decision to suspend withdrawals this week, the crypto market turned a rout into something much worse: another potential nuclear winter.

GONE All the gains Bitcoin and Ether made in the 2020-2021 bull run are gone. Bitcoin, which has dropped more than 7% in the last 24 hours, was trading at $22,400 in mid-morning trading UK time, according to CoinGecko. That’s the same level it was at in mid-December 2020.

RALLY And Ethereum, which has slipped 1% in the last 24 hours, has tumbled to $1,200. Last time it was in that neighborhood was January 2021. Even more jarring, on Monday ETH slipped below its all-time high during the rally of early 2018.


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Celsius Crisis

🥶 Celsius Freeze on Withdrawals Craters Crypto Market

By Jason Levin


NEWS Crypto lending platform Celsius has frozen accounts of its 1.7 million users, further undermining trust in the digital assets space on a day with double-digit losses for Bitcoin and Ether and just weeks after the Terra collapse.

WORST TIME Celsius froze withdrawals, transfers, and swaps for their users on Monday citing “extreme market conditions” according to a Medium post. The move comes at the worst time for traders who are looking to manage their portfolios as global markets plunge, including using assets to cover collateralized debt positions before they get liquidated. Now, Celsius clients are stuck during one of the worst market routs we’ve seen this cycle.

PLUNGE In the last 24 hours, Bitcoin has plunged almost 14% and Ethereum 16% as of early Monday in New York, according to CoinGecko. Celsius’s own CEL token has lost 22.48%.


Staked ETH

🐂 Ethereum Bulls See Opportunity in Celsius Collapse, stETH ‘De-Peg

By Aleksandar Gilbert


REDEEMED Lido’s stETH, a derivative token representing staked ether, has traded roughly at par with Ether since its inception. The reason was simple: each stETH token represents one staked ETH token and can be redeemed for ETH in the future, after the Ethereum network completes its transition to the proof-of-stake consensus mechanism and withdrawals on that updated network are enabled.

PEG That so-called “peg” broke in dramatic fashion last week, as the value of stETH relative to ETH began to plunge. stETH began trading at about 97 cents to every dollar of ETH in May. Early Friday morning, it fell to 95 cents on the dollar. On Monday morning, it was trading just above 93 cents on the dollar, according to data from Dune Analytics.

FEARS The nosedive in the value of stETH prompted Lido, the protocol that issues it, to quell fears of a broken peg and comparisons to Terra’s failed UST stablecoin.



👨🏻‍🏭 One Group Doing Just Dandy This Week: MEV Extractors

Players in Arcane Corner of Crypto Raked in Up To 2,000 ETH on June 13

By Samuel Haig

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TACTIC While the bear market has wreaked havoc for many traders, there is one group in crypto that is doing just fine. They’re deploying an obscure tactic involving blockchain mechanics that’s paying off handsomely.

VALIDATORS The practice is called Maximal Extractable Value, or MEV, where crypto miners, network validators, and bot operators manipulate the order of blockchain transactions to extract profits through arbitrage. Flashbots, an MEV-focussed research and development organization, estimates more than $600M has been extracted through MEV from November 2020.

AUCTIONS Bert Miller of Flashbots tweeted that June 13 was “probably the most profitable day ever” for Flashbots miners — miners using Flashbots’ tools to compete in MEV auctions. Miller said that between 1,500 to 2,000 ETH was paid out to participating miners across two to three blocks on June 13.




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The Tube

📺 Quick Take: MARKET UPDATE: Celsius, yes it's bad


With Crypto VC Booming It’s High Time to Close the Gender Gap in Web3

Guest writer Li Gong says Web3 needs to get its act together on diversity, now.


TORRENT A trickle has become a torrent in crypto venture capital. Despite rapid inflation and a bear market, VC investment in blockchain grew to $10B globally in the first quarter of this year. This marks the largest quarterly sum ever at more than double one year ago.

STAMPEDE And yet, even as investors stampede towards crypto projects, women will not benefit from the funding bonanza. Less than 5% of crypto founders and less than 10% of crypto fund partners are women. And the numbers aren’t improving.

GENDER As one of the few women funding crypto projects, I can tell you that this diversity gap is evident in my day-to-day. For example, out of the roughly 50 DeFi startups that I talk to, just one founder was a woman. This gender skew is now so baked into blockchain — in both funding and founding — it will take many years to undo.



🔗 Crypto Lender Celsius Taps Horizen for 'Proof-of-Reserves' Proof of Concept: CoinDesk

Crypto lender Celsius is producing a series of experiments over the next few months that would test what it would look like for the company to decentralize some of its operations.

🔗 The Fed May Discuss the Biggest Interest Rate Increase Since 1994: The New York Times

The Federal Reserve is likely to discuss making its biggest interest rate increase since 1994 at its meeting this week, as a range of new data suggest that inflation is coming in hotter and proving more stubborn than policymakers had hoped.

🔗 A Memo to the Celsius Community: Medium

We are writing with a very important message for our community. Due to extreme market conditions, today we are announcing that Celsius is pausing all withdrawals, Swap, and transfers between accounts.


Maker @MakerDAOA new Signal Request proposes to temporarily set the @AaveAave D3M Debt Ceiling to zero. This proposal argues that "the current environment is risky to extend a 100 million Debt Ceiling (current Debt Ceiling) when the dominant theme is redemption." 👇 forum.makerdao.com/t/signal-reque…


forum.makerdao.com[Signal Request] Set the AAVE D3M DC to 0 (Zero)Motivation This Signal Request is inspired by a conversation on the MakerDAO Discord Channel, and community member @makercaesar who ask what is the current state of the AAVE Direct Deposit DAI Module. We believe it is important to ask what are the Current Risks of continuing to be exposed to another…8:50 PM ∙ Jun 13, 202214Likes1Retweet

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