Analysts urge calm as Tether depegs from USD, Bitcoin loses $17K rebound
Tether follows TRON’s USDD stablecoin in coming unstuck amid suspicions of shorting involving FTX and Alameda Research.
USDT/USD 1-day candle chart (Binance U.S.). Source: TradingView
Tether exec: “No issues” with USDT
Those fears were stoked by evidence of embattled exchange FTX and sister company Alameda Research attempting to short USDT.
The impact has been felt across crypto prices, with BTC/USD reaching more than two-year lows of $15,638 on Bitstamp.
BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
Commenting on USDT moves on the day, CTO Paolo Ardoino urged calm.
“Tether processed ~700M redemptions in last 24h. No issues. We keep going,” he confirmed in a tweet.
That message echoed Tether’s official stance already published the day prior. In a blog post, the USDT issuer stated that it did not have direct exposure to FTX or Alameda.
“Tether is completely unexposed to Alameda Research or FTX,” it read.
“Tether tokens are 100% backed by our reserves, and the assets that are backing the reserves exceed the liabilities.”
TRON DAO Reserve says it will buy 300 million USDT
Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading firm Eight, was another of many voices calling on market participants not to overreact to the ongoing volatility.
“Panic across the markets as USDT depegs a bit from USD. That always happens during these times. No need to overstress and is most likely jumping back towards 1:1.” he argued.
During the Tether LUNA aftermath, USDT briefly wicked lower than $0.96, soon recovering its USD peg.
“The exchange rate is IRRELEVANT so long Tether is able to redeem every 1 USDT for 1 USD,” part of a tweet from popular analyst Duo Nine continued.
“Big whales will just go to Tether and get their USD at parity. Don’t be fooled! The only reason the peg will not restore is if Tether does not have 100% coverage.”USDT/USD 1-week candle chart (Binance U.S.). Source: TradingView
Meanwhie, in a curious development, decentralized cryptocurrency reserve TRON DAO Reserve announced that it would purchase 300 million USDT on the open market.
The aim, it said in a tweet, was to “safeguard the overall blockchain industry and crypto market,” without giving further details.
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