Few people expected that Tether’s relationship with TRON would have such an impact.
In March, TRON announced that it would be the latest blockchain to deploy a Tether stablecoin as BeInCrypto reported then. Since then, the amount of USDT represented on TRON has exploded. The leading stablecoin has a market capitalization of $4.1B, which makes this deployment all the more surprising.
916M USDT Now on TRON
This year, countless tokens swaps have moved USDT to TRON’s blockchain. In some cases, USDT was outright minted and deployed on TRON without the need for a token swap.
In just the span of just over 8 months, TRON has amassed $916M worth of USDT on its blockchain. That’s a little more than one-fifth of Tether’s entire market capitalization represented on the TRON network.
TRON’s founder, Justin Sun, took to Twitter recently to celebrate the milestone. He writes that 1B USDT represented on his network is coming soon.
— Justin Sun
(@justinsuntron) December 11, 2019
The USDT migration to TRON seems a little nonsensical once one takes the project’s own market capitalization into account, however.
Currently, TRON’s market capitalization is valued at $944M while it represents $916M in USDT. Moreover, TRON is actually down from when it started migrating USDT to its blockchain. On March 15, 2019, it was trading at $0.022 whereas it is now trading at $0.014. If Tether is a real asset with consequence and validity, the migration of close to $1B USDT to TRON would surely increase its value.
What It All Means
There are reasons to believe that Tether has been moving USDT to multiple blockchains as a means to diffuse responsibility. Let’s not forget that Tether has been quietly converting its USDT from its native OMNI blockchain to both Ethereum and TRON. Both of these blockchains now have massive amounts of USDT represented on-chain—this effectively means that if Tether were to go down, it would also inevitably drag down the two networks. Tether is also developing a Chinese renminbi-backed stablecoin as well.
Tether is facing a few high-profile lawsuits after it has been demonstrated that the asset might not be backed by dollars, a fact admitted to by its own co-founder. It is currently facing a record $1.4T lawsuit which alleges that Tether manipulated Bitcoin’s price to the detriment of the entire industry. Bitfinex and Tether were also recently linked in the notorious Paradise Papers.
Taking all this all into consideration, it becomes clearer why Tether is mass migrating its USDT to other blockchains. It is a long-term strategy to further embed itself in as many blockchains as possible, thus effectively making it ‘too big to fail’ for the entire industry.
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