As of today, there’s 173,032 on , the equivalent to 3.74% of Ethereum’s market cap, or $8.2 billion. And $6 billion of that is in just one currency: , also known as Wrapped Bitcoin.
Now another company wants to take a crack at the growing market.
mStable, a self-described “meta-stablecoin” company, today launched mBTC, a cryptocurrency pegged to the price of pegged to the price of Bitcoin. It’s the company’s second stablecoin following the launch of mUSD in May.
Bitcoin stablecoins are cryptocurrencies, usually based on Ethereum, that are pegged to the price of Bitcoin. Although the value of these stablecoins is just as volatile as Bitcoin, they are always worth the same as Bitcoin.
They’re minted so that Bitcoiners can invest their wealth in Ethereum’s , such as lending protocols and non-custodial exchanges.
Anyone holding wBTC, RenBTC and sBTC, three Bitcoin stablecoins based on Ethereum, can mint mBTC. And it’s possible to redeem mBTC for any of the three tokens. mBTC will add Binance’s bBTC next month.
But if Ethereum’s market already has access to Bitcoin stablecoins, what’s the point of mStable, a meta-stablecoin?
The benefit of mStable comes from its structure, the company said: its value is pegged to a basket of all these Bitcoin stablecoins.
The company claimed in a blog post accompanying the launch that, should one of the stablecoins collapse, mStable holders won’t lose all their money. Unlike the stablecoins companies on which mUSD is based, mStable claims that it is decentralized and non-custodial, meaning users stay in control of their own funds.
Additionally, mStable’s coins earn interest in its app, just like a bank account. The protocol automatically calculates the interest rate. The site says there isn’t enough data to determine the interest rate for its sole liquidity pool on SushiSwap, but its mUSD pools generate yields of 50% to 70% a year (note: this figure is volatile).
mStable was created by James Simpson in 2018. The decentralized protocol launched mUSD in May; to date, users have minted about $400 million of mUSD.