As USDC declines, Circle’s CEO blames US crypto regulation

Since the FTX crash, Gary Gensler, who is in charge of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has been on a crackdown.

As USDC declines, Circle's CEO blames US crypto regulation
As USDC declines, Circle's CEO blames US crypto regulation

Circle’s chief executive officer, Jeremy Allaire, claims that a crackdown on cryptocurrencies by U.S. regulators has been a significant factor in the declining market capitalization of its stablecoin, USD Coin.

Following the collapse of the FTX exchange, a banking crisis, and the momentary depegging of the USDC, the Circle CEO commented on U.S. enforcement amidst heightened regulatory scrutiny.

During an interview with Bloomberg TV, Allaire stated that there is “a great deal of concern about the U.S. banking system and the U.S. regulatory environment.”

March’s depeg was a direct consequence of the U.S. banking crisis. The $3.3 billion in USDC reserves held by Silicon Valley Bank, one of the three crypto-friendly institutions shut down by regulators, belonged to Circle.

Circle assured its consumers at the time that it had the backing of investors to fill the deficit, but the market reacted swiftly to the news, and USDC depegged from the U.S. dollar.

USDC market capitalization fell by 32% in 2023. Source: CoinMarketCap

At its apex, USDC had a market capitalization of $56 billion and was immediately behind Tether-issued USDT.

However, since the banking crisis and USDC’s depeg, the stablecoin’s market capitalization has decreased by nearly half, to $30.7 billion at present.

Coinbase had also cautioned that the absence of regulatory clarity could force cryptocurrency companies to seek opportunities abroad.

Allaire believes the United States will fall behind due to the recent adoption of the Markets in Crypto-Assets Act (MiCA) by the European Parliament and the drive for adoption by Hong Kong.

“It’s a critical moment here in the U.S., and, as I like to say, it’s really a moment for Congress to step up.”

Since the FTX collapse saga, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, commanded by Gary Gensler, has been on an enforcement rampage.

The SEC has threatened multiple crypto platforms and exchanges with regulatory action.

During the digital asset supervision hearing, Gensler faced considerable opposition from policymakers. In addition to policymakers, numerous crypto advocates have questioned the authority of the SEC and Gensler.