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September 30, 2022

The Community Behind Waves Have Voted to Payback $500 Million of DeFi Funds Lost After Depegging

Waves has approved its "DeFi Revival Plan" and is now looking to recover funds lost due to the depegging its stablecoin....
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Waves has approved its “DeFi Revival Plan” and is now looking to recover funds lost due to the depegging its stablecoin. Waves is a blockchain protocol that has been voted on by the community to restart non-custodial lending protocol Vires. This was following the April depegging Waves USDN.

The value of holders was decimated when the USD-pegged cryptocurrency dropped to $0.68.

The contagion gripped Waves and Vires.Finance and made it impossible for investors to withdraw funds from the Vires.Finance. This led to $500 million in lost funds.

Governance token holders have voted to launch the DeFi Revival Plan in an effort to revive Vires.

It is a multi-pronged strategy. To reimburse governance token holders who have more than $250,000 in Vires accounts, there will be two options according to .

First, they can swap their holdings for Waves’ algorithmic stablecoin Neutrino USDN (USDN), which has a 365-day vesting time and a 5% liquidation Bonus.

This second option would allow governance token holders on the platform to continue, but they would earn zero APY for USDC- and USDT-denominated funds over $250,000.

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Sasha Ivanov, Waves founder, would also continue to liquidate USDN in order to repay the debt of $500 million incurred by investors. He would do this by taking USDN loans into his personal wallet.

Ivanov called out institutional greed and thanked the “loyal, decisive community that always has final say in matters.”

In 2022, the theme of collapse and algorithmic stabilitycoins has been a common theme.

Algorithmic stablecoins can provide comparatively higher returns but are not fully or fractionally backed with hard dollars. They rely instead on code to predict how people will respond to market and macroeconomic momentum.

This type of stablecoin is in stark contrast to the collateralized offerings offered by Tether and Circle. They both serve USDT or USDC.

It is extremely difficult to create an entirely autonomous set of codes that can withstand all market conditions, since the code that underlines these stablecoins was written by humans. Terra’s UST is perhaps the most famous example of an algorithmic stablecoin that flounders.

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After USDN dropped below its April peg, Terra, which served the stablecoin UST as well as a native governance token LUNA in April, also imploded. This wiped out more than $40 billion. This led to the collapse of several crypto companies, including Celsius and Voyager.

Due to the scale of Terra’s collapse, intense regulatory scrutiny was also required.

Janet Yellen, U.S. Treasury Secretary, immediately called to regulate stablecoins. UK regulators also introduced the Financial Services and Markets Bill which brought stablecoins under the control of regulators.

Academics, like central banks, have also taken an interest in the mechanics and operation of stablecoins. A 2022 researchpaper by Robert Kirby and Ben Charoenwong suggests that the only stablecoin that can guarantee its dollar peg is one that is fully backed up by short-term and hard cash.

Both Terra and Waves both confirmed that algorithmic stablecoins are a risky and unstable venture.

USDN is currently trading slightly below its $0.99 peg, while WAVES are trading at $5.66, down 6%, and VIRES at $22.66, up 0.76%, respectively.

Elena Argyros

Elena Argyros

Elena is cryptocurrency writer / journalist based in Europe. She has extensive knowledge in the crypto space and is a solidity programmer by trade. Elena has built an extensive resume working with some of the most ground breaking blockchain firms. Being in Europe, Elena has amassed a large network of professionals in the space and states "The technology behind blockchain is going to impact everyone on earth in a good way, once you get to understand it".
Elena Argyros

Elena Argyros

Elena is cryptocurrency writer / journalist based in Europe. She has extensive knowledge in the crypto space and is a solidity programmer by trade. Elena has built an extensive resume working with some of the most ground breaking blockchain firms. Being in Europe, Elena has amassed a large network of professionals in the space and states "The technology behind blockchain is going to impact everyone on earth in a good way, once you get to understand it".

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