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Vitalik Buterin’s USDC Transfer, Market Crash and USDC Depegging

Vitalik Buterin’s USDC Transfer, Market Crash and USDC Depegging

Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency in market capitalization, recently witnessed a notable transaction by its co-founder, Vitalik Buterin. A few hours ago, Buterin executed a transaction involving 3,300 USD Coin (USDC)​​. USDC, a stablecoin pegged to the U.S. dollar, is vital in the digital asset ecosystem, providing a bridge between traditional finance and the volatile cryptocurrency market.

The reason behind this transfer was straightforward. Buterin was rearranging his digital assets, moving the USDC to a new address. This action reflects a strategic reshuffling of funds rather than any intent of sale or purchase​​. Buterin’s move, though seemingly ordinary in the crypto world, garnered attention due to the broader market context.

At the time of the transfer, the crypto market was experiencing a downturn. Ethereum’s price had dipped by over 10% over the last 24 hours to $2,100. The market slump was largely attributed to speculations surrounding MatrixPort’s bearish prediction for Bitcoin spot ETF approval​​. Despite the volatility, crypto analyst Michael van de Poppe predicted that Ethereum still held momentum, anticipating a rise towards $3,000-$3,500 during Q1, 2024.

Concurrently, the stablecoin USDC faced a significant devaluation. Issued by Circle, USDC experienced a depegging 24% against USDT as seen in Binance exchange, but suddenly pull back.

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