How does PAR work?

How are PAR stablecoins created?

Users can deposit from a large variety of collateral types (like WBTC) and borrow a safe amount of PAR at low interest. As of May 2022, PAR is over-collateralized by over 6 different tokens on 3 different networks.

What is an over-collateralized stablecoin ?

To retain its value, a stablecoin must have another asset that is put as collateral to back its intrinsic value. That collateral must be redeemable at any time.
PAR has a loan and repayment process utilizing collateralized debt positions (CDPs) via the Mimo Protocol to secure assets as collateral on-chain.
That means that for every 1€ of PAR out there, you can be sure that it’s backed with more than 1€ worth of another asset, such as BTC, ETH or USDC.

What does this mean for the peg?

If PAR is trading below 1€, people are incentivized to buy PAR from open markets and pay off loans at a discount. This ensures that PAR won’t be worth substantially less than 1€ at all times.
If PAR is trading above 1€, people have an incentive to mint PAR from the vaults and sell it for collateral (for example). This ensures that PAR will not always be significantly higher than 1€.

What is the difference with algorithmic stablecoins ?

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies that are supposed to be pegged to fiat currencies like the US dollar. In the cases of USD-pegged stablecoins, their prices are supposed to be $1 at all times.
Each stablecoin project differs in ways they maintain the peg. The two biggest ones, tether (USDT) and Circle's usd coin (USDC), are "collateralized” by fiat reserves, meaning they have cash or cash-equivalent assets in their reserves. So each USDT or USDC traded in the crypto market is backed by what’s actually in the possession of the stablecoin issuers.
Over the past year, a new form of stablecoin emerged to increase capital efficiency: algorithmic stablecoins, such as terraUSD (UST), magic internet money (MIM), and neutrino usd (USDN).
They’re called algorithmic because what backs them is an on-chain algorithm that facilitates a change in supply and demand between them (the stablecoin) and another cryptocurrency that props them up.

Difference

Unlike these projects, the PAR collateral is not the governance token (MIMO), but assets such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, USDC, MATIC, etc. which ensures a better stability than when it is correlated to a governance token with a lower market cap.
To get more information about the difference between PAR and others stablecoins, you can read Not all Stablecoins are made equal from our official Medium.

Disclaimer

This guide is not financial advice.
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