Circle ‘able to access’ $3.3B of USDC reserves at Silicon Valley Bank, CEO says

Circle CEO and co-founder Jeremy Allaire says that since March 13, the stablecoin issuer has been “able to access” its $3.3 billion of funds held with the collapsed bank, Silicon Valley Bank.

Speaking with Bloomberg Markets on March 14, Allaire said that he believed that “if not everything, very close to everything was able to clear” from the failed lender.

USD Coin (USDC) — the stablecoin issued by Circle — briefly de-pegged following news that $3.3 billion of its cash reserves were stuck on SVB.

The stablecoin’s dollar peg has since recovered, but mass redemptions of USDC have resulted in the market cap of the stablecoin dropping by nearly 10% since March 11, according to TradingView.

The market cap of USDC from March 8 to March 14. Source: TradingView

Meanwhile, throughout the same timeframe, USDC peer Tether (USDT) has recorded a slight increase in its market cap since March 11, climbing by over 1% to $73.03 billion.

Related: USDC depegged because of Silicon Valley Bank, but it’s not going to default

The temporarily locked funds had a significant effect on USDC, even though the $3.3 billion represented less than 8% of the token’s reserves, according to its January reserve report released on March 2.

The report asserted USDC was over 100% collateralized with over 80% of the reserve consisting of short-dated United States Treasury Bills — highly liquid assets thatare direct obligations of the U.S. government and considered one of the safest investments globally.

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Written by Luke Huigsloot on 2023-03-14 13:30:00.

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