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The Demand For USDC Spike, Yet It May Delay The Overtaking Of USDT! Here Is Why?

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Qadir AK

Qadir Ak is the founder of Coinpedia. He has over a decade of experience writing about technology and has been covering the blockchain and cryptocurrency space since 2010. He has also interviewed a few prominent experts within the cryptocurrency space.

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May 21, 2022

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After the Tether (USDT) collapsed below $1 recently, all focus has been shifted towards USDC as the investors are reassessing their preference for stablceoin due to USDC’s increased market cap. 

Here are two metrics that pose as proof in regards to the increased demand for USDC.

Decreased Liquidity

According to the Glassnode data, on the Uniswap exchange, the USDC liquidity has been finding its bottom to the level which was last seen 16 months ago. 

Hence, this decreased liquidity on the Uniswap is an indication that the demand is increasing and also points out that the investors are inclining toward the stablecoins

Increased Supply

It’s just not the decreased liquidity that is signifying the increased demand for USDC. The Santiment data suggests that the exchanges are witnessing an increase in the USDC supply since the 17th of May, even though the USDC price was back to its normal range.

When the UST supply is compared, since the time it experienced de-pegging, the UST supply on the exchanges has bottomed. Though the data shows that the UST supply is close to reaching its all-time high, the supply has just increased to the level last recorded in the month of April.

USDC’s Increasing Role In Crypto Space

USDC velocity was dropping at the time of publication, suggesting that less USDC stablecoins were traveling between addresses. This does not, however, guarantee that nothing will change for investors.

Meanwhile, according to Glassnode statistics, the top 1% of addresses were holding only roughly 91.226% of the USDC supply. While this may appear to be a lot, it is just a 13-month low.

Another report by Glassnode published on May 16 points out that USDC has reversed the supply trend which was in contraction since late Feb that has expanded by $2.639 Billion.

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Qadir AK

Qadir Ak is the founder of Coinpedia. He has over a decade of experience writing about technology and has been covering the blockchain and cryptocurrency space since 2010. He has also interviewed a few prominent experts within the cryptocurrency space.

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