Shorting Tether

One of the reasons to invest in stablecoins is their de-pegging event. When stablecoins trade below their intended peg of 1:1 with a fiat currency, short traders can turn around and exchange them for the promised parity. In that respect, stablecoins are like money market funds. Over the years, Tether, the world’s biggest stablecoin by market capitalization, has lost its peg numerous times and traded … Continue reading Shorting Tether

Where Does Tether Get Its Revenues?

Where does Tether get its revenues? Over the years, the stablecoin claims to have made redemptions worth billions of dollars. At the same time, it has made investments and loans worth millions of dollars to crypto ventures on the side. It has 42 employees, per LinkedIn.   Where does it get the cash to manage these business activities? The company’s financials are a black box. … Continue reading Where Does Tether Get Its Revenues?

The Tether Redemption Conundrum

In the early days of the United States, private banks were allowed to issue money on the condition that it was backed by gold. This meant that customers could redeem their specie and notes for gold, which was considered a stable medium of exchange in an economy rife with fraudsters and hucksters issuing fake money. But a high redemption rate could eat into a bank’s … Continue reading The Tether Redemption Conundrum

Notes 12/2: Benham’s Testimony, Tether Loans

CFTC Chairman Rostin Benham reiterated the case to bring “comprehensive market regulation” to cryptocurrencies and said existing rules are sufficient to rein in hijinks in its ecosystem in his Senate testimony. “We (can) eliminate contagion by applying the same principles of financial regulation that we apply to traditional financial assets,” he said. Benham’s views echo that of SEC Chair Gary Gensler. Media narratives have framed … Continue reading Notes 12/2: Benham’s Testimony, Tether Loans

FTX’s Mysterious Transfers and Tether

One of the most interesting pieces of news to come out from FTX’s collapse in recent days is the exchange’s transfer of $250 million – one-fourth of its total revenue figure for last year – to an “unnamed related party” for “software royalties”. That party, according to the Wall Street Journal, is the primary shareholder in “several related entities who do business with the exchange” … Continue reading FTX’s Mysterious Transfers and Tether

Notes 9/21: FOMC and Bitcoin Price, Retail CBDCs, and Tether In Trouble Again

It was unthinkable some years ago. Fed Day – a day when the Federal Reserve Open Markets Committee (FOMC) meets – is fast becoming an important ritual in bitcoin’s calendar because it determines the cryptocurrency’s future price trajectory. Cryptocurrency markets are poised in anticipation of Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s announcement his afternoon regarding interest rate hikes. Last month, Chairman Powell indicated that consumers should be … Continue reading Notes 9/21: FOMC and Bitcoin Price, Retail CBDCs, and Tether In Trouble Again

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Bitfinex and Tether for Fueling “Largest Bubble in Human History”

Bitfinex and Tether, already embroiled in a case with the New York Attorney General, were hit by a class-action lawsuit this morning. The suit was filed by Roche Freedman LLP, a law firm that successfully won a case against supposed Bitcoin creator Craig Wright recently. Their current lawsuit alleges that Bitfinex and Tether concocted a scheme that was “part-fraud, part-pump-and-dump, and part-money laundering” to “defraud … Continue reading Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Bitfinex and Tether for Fueling “Largest Bubble in Human History”

Tether Plans To Launch New Stablecoin Backed By Offshore Chinese Yuan

Tether is planning to launch a stablecoin pegged to offshore Chinese yuan. According to a Coindesk report, the new stablecoin was announced by Zhao Deng, Bitfinex shareholder and OTC trader, on China’s biggest messaging platform WeChat. He also told the publication that the stablecoin’s reserves would be held in Belgium. Deng stated that his peer-to-peer trading platform RenrenBit would support trading and deposits for the … Continue reading Tether Plans To Launch New Stablecoin Backed By Offshore Chinese Yuan

Stablecoin Tether May Have Adequate Backups Of US Dollar: Bloomberg

One of the biggest mysteries in crypto-universe relates to Tether’s bank balance. The cryptoasset has been in the eye of a storm regarding its backup reserves of the US dollar.  But a new report by Bloomberg may be proof that the stablecoin may be adequately capitalized after all. “Bank statements reviewed by Bloomberg News suggest those fears (of inadequate reserves) be unfounded,” the report states. … Continue reading Stablecoin Tether May Have Adequate Backups Of US Dollar: Bloomberg

Why Did Tether’s Price Crash Over The Weekend?

The price for Tether, the dollar-pegged stablecoin at Bitfinex, crashed over the weekend as investors fearful about its reserve deposits, sold the coin. The extent of damage to Tether’s price varied across various cryptocurrency exchanges from five percent to more than thirteen percent. According to some reports, Tether’s price dropped to $0.85 at Kraken, a prominent exchange. (Since Tether is a stablecoin, its price typically … Continue reading Why Did Tether’s Price Crash Over The Weekend?

How Do Investors Profit From Stablecoins?

Even as a swirl of doubts engulf the utility of Tether, the numbers of stablecoins to prop up cryptocurrency markets has multiplied dramatically this year. The stablecoins list includes the likes of Basecoin, MakerDAO, and Havven, all of which have received funding from marquee names in the venture capital industry. The Winklevoss brothers, who are pioneers in cryptocurrency markets, also recently launched the Gemini dollar, … Continue reading How Do Investors Profit From Stablecoins?