The decentralized finance (defi) protocol Aave’s stablecoin asset called GHO has been struggling to keep its peg to the U.S. dollar. While it is coasting along at $0.966 per unit at the time of writing, five days ago it tapped an all-time low at $0.917 per coin. Aave’s Liquidity Committee aims to mitigate the issue with a plan to address the problem with static pools and manage liquidity.
Aave’s GHO Stablecoin Wobbles: Liquidity Committee Scrambles to Restore Dollar Parity
Aave’s GHO stablecoin, linked to the defi protocol, has been trading below its $1 peg since July, with a current value of around $0.96. The price deviation is attributed to an imbalance between demand and supply, compounded by interest rates that do not adapt to the market, set lower than alternatives like DAI or USDC.
On October 24, 2023, or roughly 11 days ago, GHO plummeted to $0.917 per unit reaching its all-time low so far. Presently, there’s a circulating supply of 28,245,506 GHO and 762 unique addresses hold the stablecoin. During the past 24 hours on November 3, 2023, GHO has recorded $1.69 million in global trade volume with the most popular trading platform being the Maverick Protocol.
In response to these issues, Aave governance plans are underway to increase GHO’s utility and adjust the interest rates to be more competitive, according to “Token Brice” a member of the Liquidity Committee. The committee is using tools like Maverick’s static pools to strategically manage liquidity and improve GHO’s price stability.
The Liquidity Committee, under Brice’s leadership, will endeavor to push GHO’s price closer to its peg while inviting community participation to support their efforts in restoring its value, according to his post on the social media platform X. “GHO will be gently but surely nudged to peg, concomitantly with the other initiatives led by governance to increase its utility and stimulate repayments,” Brice said.
Over the past two years, the stablecoin market has been rocked by seismic shifts, with the implosion of Terra’s algorithmic stablecoin marking one of its most significant downturns. Circle’s USDC, the runner-up in market size among stablecoin assets, also experienced a fleeting departure from its peg. Nonetheless, it swiftly recovered to its full value.
This instability has cast a long shadow over cryptocurrency traders seeking refuge from the market’s notorious fluctuations. Stablecoins are typically employed as a buffer against the erratic movements of the crypto economy. Yet, when they deviate from their promised 1:1 redemption value, the repercussions can be severe for traders who place their trust in the asset’s supposed immunity to volatility.
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