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US Senator Says Defi Is the Most Dangerous Part of Crypto – Urges Regulators to Clamp Down Before It’s Too Late

US Senator Says Defi Is the Most Dangerous Part of Crypto – Urges Regulators to Clamp Down Before It's Too Late

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has called on regulators to clamp down on decentralized finance (defi) and stablecoins “before it’s too late.” She said: “Defi is the most dangerous part of the crypto world … it’s where the scammers, the cheats, and the swindlers mix among the part-time investors and first-time crypto traders.”

US Senator Urges Regulators to Clamp Down on Defi and Stablecoins

During a hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Wednesday, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on regulators to “clamp down” on stablecoins and decentralized finance (defi) platforms “before it is too late.”

She brought up stablecoins tether (USDT) and usd coin (USDC). In response to Senator Warren, Alexis Goldstein, director of financial policy at Open Markets Institute, explained that stablecoins “may not always be backed one-to-one … as the assets backing those tokens are often not real dollars.”

Warren pointed out that based on Tether’s own report, “only about 10% of the assets backing its stablecoin are real dollars in the bank. 90% is something else — not real dollars.” In addition, she stressed that the report “is not actually verified by a comprehensive audited financial statement or verified by any government regulator.”

While noting that “stablecoins are not always stable,” Warren described: “It’s worse than that. In troubled economic times people are most likely to cash out of risky financial products and move into real dollars. Stablecoins will take a nosedive precisely when people most need stability, and that run-on-the-bank mentality could ultimately crash our whole economy.” The senator detailed:

Defi is the most dangerous part of the crypto world. This is where the regulation is effectively absent and — no surprise — it’s where the scammers, the cheats and the swindlers mix among the part-time investors and first-time cryptotraders. Shoot, in Defi someone can’t even tell if they are dealing with a terrorist.

She continued: “Stablecoins provide the lifeblood of the Defi ecosystem. In Defi, people need stablecoins to trade between different coins, to trade derivatives, to lend and borrow money – all outside the regulated banking system. Without stablecoins, Defi comes to a halt.”

During the hearing, Hilary Allen, professor at the American University College of Law, answered questions about whether stablecoins pose risk to the U.S. financial system. Warren asked the professor, “Does Defi threaten our financial stability? And can Defi continue to grow without stablecoins?”

Allen replied: “I don’t think Defi can grow without stablecoins. I think it would struggle. Right now, I think Defi is contained to the point where it won’t impact financial stability, but if it grows, I think there’s a real threat there. Particularly if it becomes intertwined with our traditional financial system, and there is industry interest in pursuing this integration on both the traditional finance and the crypto side. So, I think it’s critical that stablecoins not be allowed to fuel that growth.”

Emphasizing that “Stablecoins have no regulators, no independent auditors, no guarantors, nothing. And they are propping up one of the shadiest parts of the crypto world — the place where consumers are least protected from getting scammed,” Senator Warren concluded:

This is risk to traders … to our economy. The time to act is before it all blows up … Our regulators need to get serious about clamping down on these risks before it is too late.

What do you think about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s comments? Let us know in the comments section below.

Kevin Helms

A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.

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Terra Collapse continues to plague Defi –Chain Bridges down 20% This Month

Terra Collapse Continues to Plague Defi — Value Locked in Cross-Chain Bridges Down 20% This Month

Following the aftermath of the Terra blockchain fiasco, decentralized finance (defi) continues to feel the impact of the project’s fallout. The total value locked in defi (TVL), has fallen 2. 61% in value, and cross-chain bridges have lost roughly 20.3% during the last 30 days.

Value Locked in Cross Chain Bridge Tech Slips 20% Lower Than Last Month

Over $100 billion in USD value was recently removed from the total value locked (TVL) in defi and TVL statistics continue to slide. Four days ago, the TVL in defi was approximately $112. 29 billion and today, the TVL is down 2. 61% to $109. 35 billion. The TVL in defi across twelve blockchains has fallen a lot over the past month. Cross-chain bridge TVLs also have fallen a lot.

30-day metrics from Dune Analytics indicates that the TVL across cross-chain bridges is down 20.3%. Today, there’s $16. 49 billion total value locked across 16 different cross-chain bridges. The number of unique daily ethereum bridge depositors has dropped in addition to the cross chain bridge TVL.

As of Thursday, May 19, 2022, Polygon has the largest TVL among the 16 cross-chain bridges monitored on Dune Analytics. Polygon currently has $5. 15 billion today. The $5. 15 billion on Polygon bridges represents 31. 23% of the entire $16. 49 billion cross-chain bridge TVL.

Polygon is followed by Avalanche ($3. 55B), Arbitrum ($3.2B), Fantom’s Anyswap ($1. 87B), Near Rainbow ($1. 86B), Optimism ($585M), Harmony ($229M), Moonriver ($154M), and Xdai ($122M).

The top crypto asset leveraged on cross-chain bridges today is the stablecoin usd coin (USDC). The stablecoin has $5.1 billion locked and is followed by WETH or ETH with $4. 57 billion locked. Tether (USDT) is the third-largest with $1.9 billion today and other notable cryptos leveraged on cross-chain bridges include WBTC, DAI, and MATIC.

The losses in defi are caused by two factors. One, the Terra blockchain fallout removed more than $40 billion from the defi ecosystem in a very short period of time. The remaining billions have left defi in various ways including using cross-chain bridges because defi users have been rattled by the Terra catastrophe.

Billionaire investor and crypto proponent Mike Novogratz published a blog post yesterday covering the recent Terra blockchain fiasco and he said “the collapse dented confidence in crypto and defi.”

What do you think about the dent in confidence to the defi ecosystem and the value locked in cross-chain bridge tech dropping lower than last month? Please comment below to let us know your thoughts on this topic.

Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman, a journalist and financial tech expert living in Florida, is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. Redman is passionate about Bitcoin, open-source codes, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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Lido Creates an Additional Curve Pool To Improve Liquidity Around Bonded Ethereum Peg

On Friday, the value locked in decentralized finance (defi) protocols dropped to a low of $110. 35 billion after there was more than $200 billion total value locked (TVL) eight days ago on May 5. One specific defi protocol called Lido, a liquid staking platform and the second largest defi application in terms of TVL size today, has lost significant value losing 49. 66% during the past week.

Curve’s stETH: ETH Peg Skews, Lido Adds New Pool With Liquidity Incentives

While being exposed to the Terra blockchain blunder, Lido’s bonded ethereum tokens have been under pressure due to an imbalance on Curve’s bonded ethereum (stETH) and ethereum pool. The liquid staking defi protocol Lido announced that it was deploying liquidity incentives to Curve Finance in order to improve the imbalance that has been taking place around the stETH: ETH peg.

“We are deploying an additional Curve Finance pool to improve the liquidity around the stETH: ETH peg,” Lido tweeted on May 12, 2022. “This new pool will feature an additional 1M LDO in incentives for the next week and is currently almost empty, suggesting high rewards to initial depositors.” Before the announcement, Curve’s stETH: ETH pool was showing a 2% discount amid the chaos surrounding the Terra blockchain.

Crypto journalist Colin ‘Wu’ Blockchain explained what was taking place on Thursday. “The ETH/stETH asset ratio in Curve’s largest TVL steth (ETH+stETH) pool is skewed,” the journalist tweeted. “ETH/stETH=36.48%/63. 52%, people are exchanging stETH back to ETH. Users who are using stETH for leveraged staking need to be aware of potential de-pegging risks.”

Team Plans to Migrate Curve and Balancer Pools, Lido’s TVL Shed $10. 26 Billion in a Week’s Time

In the same Twitter thread, Lido described the firm’s plan to mitigate the issue on Curve’s platform. “[The plan is to] migrate liquidity from the existing Curve and Balancer pools to a new one (recommended deposit ratio at current rate is 13 stETH for every 1 wETH) to maximise rewards,” Lido added on Thursday. “The new pool contains 1,000,000 LDO for the next week in rewards.”

Some people questioned the move to create a new pool on the largest defi protocol in terms of value locked. “Is it a good idea?” UST was attacked during liquidity migration,” one individual asked.

The liquid staking application Lido also had significant exposure to the Terra blockchain and 49. 66% in value has left the platform since last week according to defillama.com stats. Lido currently has $9. 13 billion in value but on May 5, it held $19. 39 billion. $10. 26 billion has been removed from Lido’s TVL since May 5 and $4,130 in LUNA remains.

What do you think about Lido adding liquidity incentives to Curve’s pool? Please comment below to let us know your thoughts on this topic.

Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman, the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News, is a Florida-based financial journalist. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. Redman is passionate about Bitcoin, open-source codes, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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Terra Fiasco Unlocks Value in Defi –

Terra Fiasco Stirs Value Locked in Defi — Lido, Anchor Plummet to Lower Positions

Decentralized finance (defi) protocols are having a hard time weathering the storm, as the total value locked in defi today is down 39. 26% since April 3, from $230. 18 billion to the current $139. 81 billion. The sudden value drop stemming from Terra’s native assets, LUNA and UST, has pushed Lido down to the third-largest TVL position in defi, losing 19. 42% in 24 hours. Anchor Protocol has slipped down to the 12th largest TVL position, losing 66. 34% in the 24-hour timeframe.

Value Locked in Defi Sheds 10% During the Last 24 Hours — Terra Defi Apps Rock the Boat

  • According to defillama.com stats, the value locked in decentralized finance protocols has dropped 10. 58% in value during the past 24 hours, and 39. 26% over the past 38 days since April 3, 2022. The TVL sizes of all ten top defi protocols have fallen between 1. 61% and 19. 42% in the last day.
  • The defi protocol Lido dropped from the second-largest position to the third-largest on Wednesday after losing close to 20% in value. Lido supports a variety of blockchains. One of these is Terra network, which pays rewards in UST and allows LUNA bonding.
Terra Fiasco Stirs Value Locked in Defi — Lido, Anchor Plummet to Lower Positions
Total value locked in defi on May 11, 2022.
  • While the defi lending protocol Anchor was once the third-largest defi project just three days back, it is now holding the 12th position as it lost 66. 34% during the last 24 hours. Seven-day stats show Anchor’s TVL lost 85. 92% in value.
  • One of the only defi protocols that has seen its TVL rise over the last week is Tron’s Sunswap as it’s up 10. 69% during the past seven days. Dydx saw its TVL increase by 0. 80% this week and Arrakis Finance jumped 4. 48% higher this week.
  • Curve Finance, a stablecoin-centric automated marketplace maker and decentralized exchange (dex), still held the lead on Wednesday with 9. 94% of the entire $139. 81 billion. However, Curve is down 11. 51% during the last 24 hours, 27% down for the week, adn 31. 85% during the last month.
  • The TVL in cross-chain bridges has also dropped 20.3% this month and there’s currently a TVL of around $16. 49 billion spread across cross-chain bridge protocols. Today, Avalanche and Polygon are the most powerful cross-chain bridge TVLs.
  • Terra used to be the second largest defi space in Ethereum’s TVL. However, it is now the sixth. $3. 71 billion remains in Terra-based defi protocols, while the leader Ethereum has $86.51billion.

What do you think about the decentralized finance market action during the last few days and how Terra’s ecosystem is affecting the value locked? Please comment below to let us know your thoughts on this topic.

Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman, a journalist and financial tech expert living in Florida, is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. Redman is passionate about Bitcoin, open-source codes, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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