Ethena Labs Onboards Bitcoin as a Backing Asset for the Crypto Project’s Synthetic Dollar

Synthetic greenback protocol developer Ethena Labs has added Bitcoin (BTC) to the backing of its USDe stablecoin, the agency’s flagship product.

Asserting by way of the social media platform X, Ethena Labs says that utilizing Bitcoin to again USDe is “a crucial unlock which will enable USDe to scale significantly” from its present provide of $2 billion.

USDe goals to be a censorship-resistant stablecoin that maintains its backing on-chain by way of delta-hedging staked Ethereum (ETH) collateral – a mechanism described as an “Internet Bond.”

“The ‘Internet Bond’ will combine yield derived from staked Ethereum as well as the funding and basis spread from perpetual and futures’ markets, to create the first on-chain crypto-native ‘bond’ that can function as a dollar-denominated savings instrument for users in permitted jurisdictions.”

Ethena Labs says that Bitcoin’s thicker liquidity and better open curiosity on exchanges make it very best for backing and scaling USDe in comparison with Ethereum.

“In only one 12 months, BTC open curiosity (OI) on main exchanges (excluding the Chicago Mercantile Change) has grown from $10 billion to $25 billion, whereas ETH OI has grown from $5 to $10 billion. 

BTC by-product markets are rising at a sooner tempo than ETH and supply higher scalability and liquidity for delta hedging…

Whereas BTC doesn’t possess a native staking yield like staked ETH, staking yields of 3-4% are much less important in a bull market when funding charges are >30%.

The present surroundings is right for optimizing for the scalability of USDe.”

Ethena’s BTC backing for USDe is now mirrored stay on its dashboard.

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