USDC Circulating Supply Increases by 3.14B in 2020; CEO Says Stablecoin Is ‘Way Ahead of the Pack’ in Regulatory Compliance
USDC’s supply has surged 687% in less than ten months. Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire says the latest regulations “pave the way for stablecoins to become a major part of the payments and settlement infrastructure of the financial system.”
Stablecoin USD Coin, created by Center Consortium, a collaboration of Coinbase and Circle has surpassed 3.6 billion in circulation.
“USDC crossed 3.5B in circulation, newly 500m new in circulation in past couple of weeks,” tweeted Jeremy Allaire, co-founder, and CEO of Circle.
A few hours later the same day, Allaire took to Twitter again to state that the coins in circulation had crossed $3.6 billion.
In mid-March, the market cap of USDC was just around $457 million, representing an increase of 687% in less than ten months.
2020 has been a year of stablecoins as the combined supply of these coins surpassed 20 billion recently.
Another interesting metric is the on-chain volumes of these stablecoins which have crossed the $1 trillion mark, this year, for the first time ever, analyzed The Block. Last year, the volume was a mere $248 billion.
The dominant stablecoin in the market, Tether (USDT) remains the king here as well by accounting for 76% of all the stablecoin on-chain volume followed by USDC at 15% and then DAI at just 7% share of the market.
As for the blockchain, Ethereum is the obvious leader with 83.5% of stablecoin on-chain volume share followed by Tron and Omni at 14.5% and 2.1% respectively.
Regulators onto Stablecoins
This increased popularity and usage of fiat-backed cryptos have brought regulatory scrutiny on the stablecoins.
Just this week, President Trump’s Working Group on Financial Markets published a statement where it says stablecoins must meet the same regulatory standards as other financial systems. It requires the issuers to obtain and verify the information of the parties involved in the transaction of stablecoins across unhosted wallets.
“Nearly everything that is being proposed is highly aligned with how Centre operates and USDC is issued today. Broadly, this is a very significant development in terms of acknowledging USDC as emerging significant payment infrastructure in the US,” commented Allaire on these new proposed rules.
He further went on to say that all the regulators are asking for are already the “hallmarks” of the company and they are “way ahead of the pack.”
These regulations “pave the way for stablecoins to become a major part of the payments and settlement infrastructure of the financial system,” said Allaire.
However, the rules on transaction reporting for unhosted wallets, which cross-references the midnight rule-making by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, “will be vigorously fought.”
“We are looking forward to picking this conversation up with the Biden Administration, and the many many leaders and civil servants across the US Treasury, SEC, CFTC and others as we usher in the next major phase of the global financial system.”
Jeremy Allaire Co-founder and CEO of Circle