Aave Avalanche Market USDC


avUSDC is an interest-accruing token that represents a USDC.e deposit in the Aave lending market.

Risk Rating
What we like
avUSDC is an interest-accruing version of USDC. USDC provides easy on-ramp and off-ramp to convert your USD into digital dollars that are backed 1:1 by underlying reserves.
What we like less
avUSDC is exposed to systemic risk of other assets on the Aave lending platform. USDC also has greater centralization as Circle custodies the deposited USD and controls the minting and redemption of USDC.
What it means for you
avUSDC offers you a great way to earn yield on your USD, while maintaining exposure to a highly liquid instrument to hedge your portfolio in volatile market conditions.

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  • Avalanche
Key Metrics
  • Fully Diluted Valluation: $192.5M
  • Total Supply: 191,987,188
  • Volume (24H): $315.9K
  • ATH: $1.16 (05/19/2021)
  • ATL: $0.88 (03/11/2023)
Risk Assessment
Asset Strength

avUSDC is a large-cap, fully collateralized asset. This asset depends on a centralized entity for custody services. This asset is exposed to the underlying risks of Avalanche bridge and Aave V2, which are protocols rated as Watch out and Average, respectively.

avUSDC is a stablecoin that usually trades within 20bps of its peg to USD, which makes it a solid store of value.

Asset Tokenomics

avUSDC has an uncapped supply but has inflation control or burn mechanisms in place. avUSDC is a receipt of a USDC.e deposit in the Aave lending protocol and accrues interest. USDC.e on Avalanche is backed 1:1 by USDC locked in the Avalanche bridge on the Ethereum chain.

Asset Volatility

avUSDC is a stablecoin that usually trades within 20bps of its peg to USD, which makes it a solid store of value.


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Things to know about avUSDC

What is USDC?

USDC launched on the Ethereum mainnet in September 2018 as a partnership between Circle and Coinbase through the co-founding of the CENTRE Consortium. Customers on Coinbase with USD accounts can exchange 1 USDC for 1 USD and vice versa. USDC is issued by financial institutions and established fintech firms that have met its membership criteria.

How does avUSDC work?

avUSDC is a receipt of a USDC deposit in the Aave V2 protocol on Avalanche and accrues interest. USDC is backed 1:1 by USD reserves held with a licensed custodian (Circle). The process of minting USDC tokens involves interacting with CENTRE contracts which manage the minting and burning of USDC. First, a user sends USD to a licensed token issuer's bank account. Second, the issuer uses the USDC smart contract to mint an equivalent amount of USDC. Third, the newly created USDC is sent to the user's on-chain address, while the deposited USD is held in reserve. The process for redeeming USDC for USD is just the reverse process.

Is avUSDC safe?

avUSDC is exposed to the systemic risks of the Aave lending protocol as a default in one asset market can have a contagion effect across the entire platform. USDC is a centralized stablecoin that is perceived as safer and more transparent than USDT as its reserve composition only consists of cash and short-term U.S. government bonds. USDC regularly undergoes audits and publishes monthly reserve reports and attestations that prove the number of USD reserves is greater than the amount of USDC in circulation. Nonetheless, USDC can "blacklist" any of its associated addresses at will. When a USDC address is blacklisted, it can no longer receive USDC and all of the USDC controlled by the address can no longer be transferred on-chain.

How to buy USDC?

You can buy USDC on a reputable cryptocurrency exchange that lists the asset. Platforms like Binance, Coinbase, and Kraken are popular choices offering ease of use and robust security features. Sign up for an account on your chosen exchange. You'll need to provide some personal information and, in most cases, verify your identity to comply with regulatory requirements. Fund your exchange account using a bank transfer, credit card, or other cryptocurrencies, depending on the options provided by the exchange. Navigate to the trading section of the exchange, search for the USDC pair you want to trade (for example, USDC/USD or USDC/BTC), and enter the amount of USDC you wish to purchase. Review and confirm the transaction details. After purchasing, you can choose to keep your USDC in your exchange account, which is convenient for quick trading. Alternatively, for added security, especially for larger amounts or long-term holding, transfer your USDC to a personal cryptocurrency wallet.

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