Tron's USDD Stablecoin Falls to Under $0.97, Lowest Level Since June

The Tron network's algorithmic stablecoin decentralized USD's (USDD) search for a stable U.S. dollar peg continues even as the broader crypto market holds steady in the face of widening FTX contagion.

The stablecoin championed by Tron's founder Justin Sun and managed by Tron's decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) fell to $0.9695 early Monday, hitting the lowest since June 22, according to data source Coingecko.

USDD deviated from its 1:1 dollar last month as the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, formerly the world's third largest, dented investor confidence in digital assets. Other leading stablecoins like tether (USDT) wobbled following the FTX debacle, but quickly regained their peg.

USDD's prolonged de-pegging is accompanied by a steady increase in the stablecoin's dominance rate in the USDD/3CRV liquidity pool based on the decentralized exchange Curve.

The USDD/3CRV pool is heavily imbalance in favor of USDD, a sign of investor preference for other stablecoins. (Curve)

At press time, USDD accounted for 86% of the pool's total liquidity of $34.5 million, up from 80% seen on Nov. 10. The heavy imbalance suggests users are increasingly swapping USDD for the pool's other components – DAI, USDC and USDT.

In an attempt to calm market nerves, Justin Sun announced on Twitter that he is deploying more capital to defend USDD while stressing that the algorithmic stablecoin has a collateral ratio of 200%.

USDD's inability to regain the peg has Crypto Twitter wondering whether the dollar-pegged coin modeled after Terra's now-defunct algorithmic stablecoin, UST, is the next to go down.

UST crashed in May, destroying billions in investor wealth. However, before the crash, UST's market capitalization was $18 billion – or 18 times bigger than UST's going market value of less than $1 billion. In other words, the fallout from a potential USDD collapse might be less severe than UST.

UPDATE (Dec. 12, 09:13 UTC): Adds Justin Sun's comments in sixth paragraph.