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What is paUSD ($ stablecoin)?
paUSD is a USD stablecoin backed by collaterals, and can only be minted with governance-approved collaterals. paUSD are created when users deposit accepted tokens (such as WETH, WBTC, USDC, etc) as collateral in vaults and in turn receive a loan against that collateral.
There are no counterparties involved in the minting and burning of paUSD tokens, as actors in the network transact directly with the paUSD smart contracts. Vaults are non-custodial, with each borrower having full control over their collateral and borrowed paUSD balances, provided it meets the minimum health factor governed by the protocol as a whole.