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Terra Founder Do Kwon Shares Plan to Rescue UST Stablecoin Peg Following Historic Crash

CEO of Terraform Labs, Do Kwon, has announced his rescue plan for the Terra community following the massive crash of his coins Terra (LUNA) and TerraUSD (UST).

According to CoinMarketCap, Terra (LUNA) experienced a massive crash of over 90% within the last 24 hours, while his TerraUSD (UST) is now 75% below $1.

With all these predicaments, Kwon exhibits no fear due to his rescue plans.

In a series of tweets today, Kwon said his team will increase basepool from 50M to 100M SDR and decrease PoolRecoveryBlock from 36 to 18. He expects this to increase minting capacity from $293 million to around $1200 million ($1.2 billion). This will enable the team to mint four times more UST than usual.

Do Kwon tweeted, “Dear Terra Community: I understand the last 72 hours have been extremely tough on all of you – know that I am resolved to work with every one of you to weather this crisis, and we will build our way out of this.”

In the thread of tweets, Kwon further said as follows:

“A review of the current situation: UST is currently trading at 50 cents, a significant deviation from its intended peg at $1.

“The price stabilization mechanism is absorbing UST supply (over 10% of total supply), but the cost of absorbing so much stablecoins at the same time has stretched out the on-chain swap spread to 40%, and Luna price has diminished dramatically absorbing the arbs.

“Before anything else, the only path forward will be to absorb the stablecoin supply that wants to exit before $UST can start to repeg. There is no way around it. We propose several remedial measures to aid the peg mechanism to absorb supply:

“First, we endorse the community proposal 1164 to Increase basepool from 50M to 100M SDR *) Decrease PoolRecoveryBlock from 36 to 18. This will increase minting capacity from $293M to ~$1200M. This should allow the system to absorb the UST more quickly.

“With the current on-chain spread, peg pressure, and UST burn rate, the supply overhang of UST (i.e., bad debt) should continue to decrease until parity is reached and spreads begin healing.

“Naturally, this is at a high cost to UST and LUNA holders, but we will continue to explore various options to bring in more exogenous capital to the ecosystem & reduce supply overhang on UST.

“As we begin to rebuild UST, we will adjust its mechanism to be collateralized.

“The Terra ecosystem is one of the most vibrant in the crypto industry, with hundreds of passionate teams building category defining applications within. As long as these builders, TFL among them, continue to build – we will come out of this together.

“Terra’s focus has always oriented itself around a long-term time horizon, and another setback this May, similar to last year, will not deter the #LUNAtics. Short-term stumbles do not define what you can accomplish. It’s how you respond that matters.

Terra’s return to form will be a sight to behold. We’re here to stay. And we’re gonna keep making noise.”

It’s currently unclear why Kwon wrote “$1200M” instead of $1.2 billion. Some of those who reacted to the announcement are of the opinion that it’s meant to lessen the negative impact of the problem.

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Reacting to the development, Adil Abdulali, Head of Portfolio Management for Securitize Capital, said UST is an algorithmic stablecoin and is not backed by cash reserves.

To sound a note of warning, he said, “Unlike other stablecoins such as USDC and Tether, UST is an ‘algorithmic’ stablecoin and is not backed by cash reserves. Comparatively, Circle ensures USDC stability with each USDCoin backed by one US Dollar, highlighting the importance of choosing the right stablecoin.”


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