The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a legislative agency that supports the US Congress, has published a document that contains a rundown on algorithmic stablecoins and points out key factors to look at in the TerraUSD (UST) crash.
In the(PDF), the CRS described the UST crash as a “run-like” scenario and posited that there are policy issues . According to the CRS, a “run” situation starts when holders are doubtful of the reserves that back the dollar peg of the asset.
Following this, a significant number of investors withdraw investments at the same time resulting in a negative domino effect that threatens the financial stability of the crypto ecosystem as well as the traditional finance system.
The research agency further explained that run-like scenarios in traditional finance are guarded by regulation and other measures such as bank deposit insurance and liquidity facilities. These reduce the incentives of those who are considering pulling out their assets.
On the other hand, the CRS notes that the stablecoin industry is not as «adequately regulated» and that there may be gaps in the regulatory frameworks of stablecoins as the agency previously discussed in another. Moreover, the CRS highlighted existing policy proposals that may restrict assets that could back stablecoins and establish reporting requirements.
Meanwhile, United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently noted that the de-pegging of stablecoins like UST and Tether () is not a . Despite this, Secretary Yellen also noted that the digital industry is «growing very rapidly» and present similar risks to banks.
Following the Terra () and UST crash, Terra co-founder Do Kwon announced that the Terraform Labs team will the Terra Luna blockchain. The new blockchain will not be connected to UST while the old Terra network will still coexist with UST and be renamed Terra Classic (LUNC).