UST staking goes live on Binance as Anchor reserves fall
On Wednesday, centralized cryptocurrency exchange Binance launched its new TerraUSD (UST) staking program. Although Binance did not name the underlying decentralized finance protocol responsible for the staking rewards, Do Kwon — Luna’s (LUNA) co-founder — attributed the origins of the high yield to Terra’s flagship Anchor protocol.
Terra’s (Luna) ecosystem consists of its algorithmic stablecoin UST and governance/equilibrium token LUNA. The Anchor protocol alleges that it operates as a “crypto savings account,” allowing users to deposit their UST and earn up to 20% APY. The savings rate is funded via a combination of borrowers paying interest on UST loans and staking income from their collateral.