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Terra’s UST makes BUSD the third largest stablecoin

Blockchain Terra (LUNA) algorithmic stablecoin Terra USD (UST) has made Binance USD (BUSD) the third largest stablecoin on the market.

UST is a USD-pegged stablecoin that was launched in September 2020. Its minting mechanism requires a user to burn a reserve value such as LUNA in order to mint a corresponding amount of UST.

According to Coingecko, UST’s total market cap is up 15% over the past 30 days to around $17.5 billion. The number currently makes UST the third largest stablecoin, having flipped BUSD with a slightly lower market cap of $17.46 billion.

The asset now trails only industry giants Tether (USDT) at $82.8 billion and USD Coin (USDC) at $50 billion, but the gap is quite large at this point.

The data also shows that UST has been running at full steam since mid-November, with the market cap up 525% since then.

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UST Market Cap: Coingecko

Despite BUSD’s tipping over in terms of market cap, UST is trading on volumes well below its immediate competitor, with Binance’s stablecoin recording $2.26 billion in trading volume over the past 24 hours, compared to UST’s $431.79 million -Dollar.

Terra has been making headlines lately, due in part to co-founder Do Kwon recently pledging that the project will amass a whopping $10 billion worth of Bitcoin (BTC) to back up its UST reserves .

Related Terraform Labs is gifting Luna Foundation Guard an additional $880 million

However, much like the broader crypto market of late, bullish announcements are doing little to push LUNA’s price higher. The price of the token is down 12.4% over the past 30 days to $77.31, while it is also down 34.4% from its brief all-time high of $119.18 on April 5.