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TerraUSD [UST] flips Binance USD [BUSD] in market cap but here’s the caveat

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If your eyes are glued to Bitcoin’s every twitch or the second-by-second spasm of alt coins, you might have missed a battle taking place between two well-known stablecoins, that ended with the decisive market cap victory on both Coin Gecko and Coin Market Cap. On both these ranking platforms, Binance USD [BUSD] was flipped by TerraUSD [UST].

UST one, BUSD nil

So UST’s $17,502,395,576 market cap might be more than BUSD’s $17,431,803,146 market cap for now. However, do trading volumes for these stablecoins match their market caps?

As you can see, BUSD saw volumes of 3.54 billion at the last count.

Source: Santiment

However, UST only clocked in volumes of around 428.39 million. To make the contrast clear, BUSD’s trading volumes were more than 5x those of UST trading volumes, based on the latest counts from Santiment.

Source: Santiment

For further context, we can study exchange supply for both assets. BUSD supply on exchanges grew drastically in late January, but then began to move sideways, coming to about 12.85 billion in exchanges at the last count.

Source: Santiment

Meanwhile, UST supply on exchanges has fallen sharply since about early February, but started rising again and was about 184.95 million on exchanges.

Source: Santiment

However, considering that BUSD circulating supply is 17,452,873,283 compared to UST circulating supply of 17,472,654,160, it becomes clear that BUSD is seeing greater adoption and usage in proportion to its supply, than UST.

For that reason, it’s important to consider the other crypto projects associated with Binance and Terra respectively. Binance’s BNB [BNB] was the fourth biggest crypto by market cap while Terra [LUNA] came in ninth at press time. This naturally suggests that Binance related assets would see higher uptake and activity.

On the other hand, UST flipping BUSD shows that Terra is catching up fast and that investors should keep an eye on the DeFi situation for both projects.

And speaking of . . .

Data from DeFi Llama showed that Terra’s $26.25 billion in total-value-locked [TVL] put it far ahead of BSC’s $12.82 billion. What’s more, Terra’s share of total TVL put it right under Ethereum’s first place ranking, and ahead of BSC.

So while Terra leads in terms of market cap and TVL, Binance is seeing greater adoption and activity rates.

Source: Defi llama


Sahana is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. She has a Masters in Journalism and her areas of study include crypto-regulation, digital society, privacy, and intersectionality. Ask her about film photography and philately.
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