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Celsius Network is almost out of money

Celsius Network, the digital currency platform that allows users to lend their digital currency in return for yield on their deposits, is running out of liquidity in its stETH/ETH market. As a result, Lido Staked Ethereum (stETH) has lost its peg to Ethereum (ETH), and the price of the Celsius Network token ($CEL) has plummeted 35% on the day—and 91% on the year—as of press time.

Celsius ‘crypto’ is in trouble

The data shows that at the rate users are converting stETH to ETH on Celsius, the platform is set to run out of funds in five weeks.

To make matters worse, the data also shows that only 27% of Celsius’ ETH is liquid and that the rest is either staked for ETH2, which means that it is inaccessible for a year, or in stETH, the asset that is rapidly losing its peg to ETH.

According to DeFi researcher Small Cap Scientist, Celsius has two options that it can exercise to avoid running out of the funds it needs to pay stETH converters.

However, if Celsius were to go with option #1, the sale of their stETH would likely move the stETH to ETH peg even further away from where it currently is. On top of that, they would already be selling their stETH at a loss since the price of stETH is currently 9% below the price of Ethereum.

This means that option #2 is more feasible. However, the Celsius Network currently has over $1 billion in debt.

Will the digital currency market crash?

Alameda Research, one of the largest holders of stETH, has noticed that there is trouble on the horizon for stETH and has converted 50,000 stETH to ETH with a significant amount of slippage to avoid the further declines in stETH that are expected in the future.

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Source: Hsaka Trades Twitter

The Celsius Network stETH situation looks bleak. Due to how the rate that stETH to ETH conversions is taking place, Celsius is on the road to having its funds depleted. Unfortunately, events like this are reminiscent of the Terra Luna stablecoin ($UST), where a peg has been broken, and the steps that can be taken to restore the peg put sell pressure on other digital assets in the market. At scale, these events can snowball and cause the broader digital asset market to suffer because of it.

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