Neutrino Dollar breaks peg, falls to $0.82 amid WAVES price ‘manipulation’ accusations


Neutrino Dollar (USDN), a stablecoin issued through Waves-backed Neutrino protocol, lost its U.S. dollar-peg on April 4 amid speculations that it could become “insolvent” in the future.

USDN plunges 15% despite WAVES backing

USDN dropped to as low as $0.822 on Monday with its market capitalization also diving to $824.25 million, down 14% from its year-to-date high of $960.25 million.

Interestingly, the stablecoin’s plunge occurred despite Neutrino’s claims of backing its $1-peg via what’s called “over collateral,” i.e., when the total value of Waves (WAVES) tokens locked inside its smart contract is higher than the total USDN minted, also called the “backing ratio.”

Neutrino Dollar price performance in the last 24 hours. Source: CoinMarketCap

Notably, Neutrino smart contract’s backing ratio came out to be 2.62 Monday, according to official data, underscoring that it had adequate funds to back USDN’s dollar-peg by 1:1. That is despite WAVES’ 35%-plus drop in the last five days.

Price manipulation

WAVES’ price dropped from its record high near $64 on March 31 to as low as $47 on April 4. The coin started declining as its momentum indicator, the relative strength index (RSI), jumped above 70 — an ‘overbought’ area that typically triggers selling sentiment.

WAVES/USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView

Nonetheless, the selloff occurred also as a pseudonymous analyst accused Waves of artificially pumping WAVES by 750% in the last two months by:

1) collateralizing USDN to borrow USD Coin (USDC) on the Vires.Finance lending platform;

2) use the proceeds to purchase WAVES;

3) converting the tokens to USDN, and 4) redeploy them into the Vires.Finance pool to borrow more USDC.

The analyst also said that a decisive WAVES’ price crash would make USDN insolvent.

Waves founder Sasha Ivanov, however, denied the allegations on April 3, noting that one cannot move markets of more than $1 billion daily volume by borrowing a few millions.

He further accused Alameda Research, a quantitative crypto trading firm headed by FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried, of launching a campaign “fueled by a crowd of paid trolls” against WAVES to honor their short positions on the coin.

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From a technical perspective, WAVES holds its bullish bias above the confluence of two support levels: the 20-day exponential moving average (20-day EMA; the green wave) around $40 and the 0.382 Fib line near $42.50.

Conversely, a decisive break below the support confluence could risk crashing WAVES toward $30.

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