Why stablecoin keeps failing

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5 min readJan 1, 2023


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Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency that is designed to maintain a stable value relative to a particular asset or fiat currency. Stablecoins are used as a medium of exchange and a store of value. They are used to minimize the price volatility that has limited the use of Bitcoin (BTC) and other digital currencies. Stablecoins can be collateralized by fiat currency, such as the U.S. dollar, or by cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. They can also be algorithmic, meaning their supply is adjusted according to pre-set rules in order to maintain their value. Popular stablecoins include Tether (USDT), USD Coin (USDC), True USD (USDT), Digix Gold, Havven’s Nomin, Paxos Standard, and Binance USD (BUSD).

There are several different approaches to creating a stablecoin. Still, most stablecoins work by pegging their value to a stable asset, such as the US dollar, gold, or a basket of currencies. To maintain the peg, there needs to be an underlying mechanism in place to ensure that the value of the stablecoin remains stable.

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One approach is to back each stablecoin with a corresponding asset held in reserve. For example, a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar might be backed by a bank account containing US dollars. This is known as a “fully collateralized” stablecoin.

Another approach is to use a “smart contract” to manage the supply of the stablecoin and ensure that it remains pegged to the target asset. This is known as a “semi-collateralized” stablecoin.

Regardless of the approach used, the goal of a stablecoin is to provide a stable store of value and a medium of exchange that can be used in place of traditional fiat currencies.

There is no single “code” or specific programming language that is used to create a stablecoin. The specific implementation of a stablecoin will depend on the approach being used to create the stablecoin and the underlying platform on which it is being built.

Here is a very high-level overview of some of the steps that might be involved in creating a stablecoin:

  1. Determine the asset or assets that the stablecoin will be pegged to and how…