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Terra (LUNA) Getting Annihilated as UST Loses Its Peg

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Mon, 05/09/2022 - 20:22
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Alex Dovbnya
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Terra (LUNA) Getting Annihilated as UST Loses Its Peg
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The price of Terra (LUNA) has dropped by more than 30% in one day, according to data provided by CoinGecko.   

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This comes after the UST stablecoin lost its peg, plunging to an intraday low of $0.932008. After attempting to recover, it keeps trading below the $0.94 level at press time.    

Terra’s most popular stablecoin reached its current all-time low of $0.85 on May 19, 2021.

UST is an algorithmic stablecoin, which means that it maintains its stability with the help of algorithms programming instead of centralized entities like Tether or Circle.   

The Luna Foundation Guard (LFG), a non-profit created by Terraform Labs, has emptied a Bitcoin wallet containing $1.4 billion in order to shore up the embattled stablecoin. It scrambled to issue loans in both Bitcoin and UST to over-the-counter trading firms. Last week, the LFG became Bitcoin's second-largest corporate holder (behind only business intelligence firm MicroStrategy).   

In addition, the Terra network has already started experiencing some broadcast delays per network congestion.

UST has now surpassed its sister token by market capitalization. The two are valued at $17 billion and $15.9 billion, respectively.

As reported by U.Today, the stablecoin also briefly lost its peg on Sunday, but the drop was less dramatic.

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A massive sell-off

As reported by U.Today, Bitcoin plunged to the $30,000 level earlier today for the first time since July 2021.

The massive holdings of MicroStrategy are now in the red, stoking fears that the market could face a major crisis.  

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite index has had its worst start to the year in history.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.