Circle Removes U.S. Treasuries From USDC Reserve Fund Amid Debt Ceiling Concerns 15

Circle Removes U.S. Treasuries From USDC Reserve Fund Amid Debt Ceiling Concerns

  • Circle has ditched all U.S. Treasury bonds from the $24 billion reserve fund that backs its USDC stablecoin. 
  • The stablecoin issuer took this step to protect USDC from the impact of the ongoing debt ceiling crisis in the United States. 
  • The last Treasury bond worth $3.9 billion matured earlier today, effectively removing the asset class from the reserve fund. 
  • The move was in line with CEO Jeremy Allaire’s goal to drop Treasuries from USDC’s reserve by the end of May 2023.  

Circle Internet Financial, the crypto giant behind the world’s second-largest stablecoin, has ditched all U.S. Treasury bonds from the reserve fund backing its USDC stablecoin. The move was made to shield USDC from any potential damage from the ongoing concerns surrounding the United States debt ceiling. 

Circle Holds Assets In Overnight Repo Agreements

According to Circle’s monthly attestation released by independent accountants at Deloitte, the last Treasury bond worth nearly $4 billion matured earlier today, effectively removing all long-term Treasuries from the reserve fund. As of May 30, 2023, the Circle Reserve Fund, managed by Wall Street giant Blackrock, held 100% of its $24.7 billion fund in overnight U.S. Treasury Repurchase Agreements. 

The latest move marks a significant change in the fund’s holdings as compared to April 2023 when the USDC issuer held over $30 billion in U.S. Treasury Bonds. The changes to the Reserve fund came in light of the debt ceiling crisis in the United States, which could have had a devastating impact on all government securities. Lawmakers in the U.S. are set to vote on the fate of the country’s $31.4 trillion debt ceiling later today in a desperate attempt to avert a default by the U.S. government. 

The decision to eliminate U.S. Treasury bonds was in line with the goal set by Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire. Allaire told Politico earlier this month that his crypto firm would ditch the asset class in favor of short-dated U.S. Treasuries in a bid to protect its USDC stablecoin from a potential U.S. debt default. 

We don’t want to carry exposure through a potential breach of the ability of the U.S. government to pay its debts.”

Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle Internet Financial