One [Stable]coin to Rule Them All? Huobi’s New Program Lets Users Swap Between Tokens

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October 19, 2018 6:25 PM UTC

Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange Huobi Global today introduced an all-in-one stablecoin program called HUSD, which will allow traders to convert between four USD-pegged cryptocurrency tokens.

HUSD: Huobi’s All-in-One Stablecoin Solution

According to the announcement, the HUSD solution aims to reduce the need to choose between multiple stablecoins, as well as to cut down transaction costs incurred when switching between these USD-pegged assets. It does so by automatically converting all stablecoin deposits on Huobi’s platform to its newly-launched HUSD “token,” which is native to the exchange and cannot be withdrawn. This platform token can be used for trading bitcoin, ether and any other digital asset listed on Huobi Global platform. HUSD can also be used at the time of withdrawals by converting itself back to the stablecoins, which could further be converted to fiat currencies.

Source: Huobi Global

According to Huobi, HUSD is pegged to stablecoin deposits rather than USD itself. Its supply mechanism appears to be more equivalent to regulated wallet services that people recharge with fiat debit/credit cards, and, in return, instantly receive available platform tokens to shop or pay for utility bills. Only in the case of Huobi, people pay via stablecoins to purchase HUSD as platform tokens.

Considering that the instability of any stablecoin listed on Huobi can impact HUSD functionality, the exchange has confirmed that it would evaluate each before deciding to add them to its trading platform. It promised:

“We will keep a close watch on new stablecoins that appear on the market and optimize the HUSD standards. We look forward to more stablecoins being involved in the HUSD system. Concurrently, we will evaluate the existing stablecoins in the HUSD system on a real-time basis, if the stablecoin doesn’t meet the corresponding risk control standard, we will remove it off from the HUSD system.”

Tether Not Listed among Stablecoins

Huobi has added four stablecoins, which are Paxos Standard (PAX), USD Coin(USDC), TrueUSD (TUSD), and Gemini Dollar (GUSD), to its HUSD solution portfolio. The exchange had announced on Tuesday that it was enabling the deposits of the four aforementioned dollar-pegged assets in the wake of traders’ demand for tether alternatives. Interestingly, it kept USDT out, regardless of its recovery towards dollar parity in recent days.

Other stablecoins are visibly closing in to oust tether after its volatile performance at the beginning of this week. The USDT token has long been plagued by accusations claiming that it is insolvent, and is artificially pumped with minimal dollar peg to stabilize its value. At the same time, the volumes of stablecoin alternatives are rising on virtually every exchange.

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Yashu Gola @bitcoinwallah

New Delhi-based Yashu Gola has been working as a financial/crypto market journalist since 2013. He is an information technology graduate, a cryptography junkie, a filmmaking enthusiast, and an avid reader of Jon Erickson, Agatha Christie, JK Rowling, and Isaac Asimov.