TrueUSD stablecoin depegs as holders dump $330M in TUSD

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Justin Sun-linked stablecoin TrueUSD (TUSD) has fallen below its $1 peg amid reports that holders have been cashing out hundreds of millions worth of TUSD in exchange for competitor stablecoin Tether (USDT).

TUSD first fell significantly below its peg just around Jan. 15, 11:00 am UTC, tumbling as low as $0.984 at 11:15 pm. At the time of publication, TUSD is trading for $0.988, 1.3% below its intended $1 peg, per CoinMarketCap data.

TUSD’s peg started tumbling just after midnight on Jan. 15, amid a frenzy of selling on Binance. Source: CoinMarketCap

The depegging event comes amid an outsized volume of selling of TUSD on the crypto exchange Binance.

As of publication, traders have sold more than $339.2 million worth of TUSD in the last 24 hours on Binance, compared to only $296.8 million worth of buy orders, marking a total net outflow of $42.3 million.

Net outflows for TUSD on Binance currently stand at $42.3 million. Source: Binance

On Jan. 10, reports emerged that TrueUSD was experiencing difficulties posting real-time attestations of its reserves, suggesting that the stablecoin may have been undercollateralized.

According to a Jan. 10 report from Protos, the system experienced several errors with its API and could not supply a U.S. dollar value to its collateral assets.

Pseudonymous X user Rho Rider first drew attention to the issues with TUSD in a Dec. 16 X post when they pointed to a potential arbitrage trade for TUSD.

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TUSD had been trading at nearly 8% below its peg at $0.92 for weeks on Poloniex, while its price remained steady at around $0.99 on Binance.

“The big [question] is why isn’t anyone taking the nearly 10% arb?” queried Rho.

Rho concluded that the “obvious explanation” is that users were still unable to withdraw or deposit TUSD on Poloniex, rendering the arbitrage trade impossible.

According to messages sent in the Poloniex Telegram group, viewed by Cointelegraph, users remain unable to withdraw TUSD from the exchange.

Cointelegraph contacted TrueUSD and Poloniex for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

Several users on Crypto X have also speculated that the outsized sell-off could have been related to the TUSD not being listed as one of the assets on Binance’s Manta (MANTA) launch pool initiative.

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