Tether (USDT) Quietly Surpasses the $6 Billion Mark

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In Brief
  • Tether is reporting it now has more than $6 billion in liabilities.

  • This milestone comes at a time when Tether Treasury has been minting USDT virtually every day.

  • There are still lingering questions over Tether Treasury's reserves and whether USDT is actually fully backed.

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Although nobody seemed to notice, Tether (USDT) has officially passed the $6 billion mark.

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Tether Treasury publishes its total assets on its website. However, few have noticed that its total assets recently hit a new milestone.

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Over $6 Billion

According to the latest metrics posted on Tether’s own website, the total amount of USD₮ assets under its control is now $6,141,809,416.36.

With an excess of assets over liabilities being some $127 million, the total liabilities under Tether Treasury now totals $6,014,443,887.36, according to the latest stats. So, Tether recently hit a milestone—it has officially passed the $6 billion mark.

The vast majority of USDT in circulation is issued on Ethereum’s blockchain. However, USDT is also on TRON (TRX), EOS, and Liquid, Tether’s own blockchain Omni. The breakdown can be found below.

Curiously enough, coin tracking sites like CoinMarketCap still list Tether’s market capitalization as $4.6 billion. No site thus far has accurately reported the stats represented on Tether’s own site, but we can likely expect an update in the near future.

The Most Controversial Stablecoin

Tether would not have been able to reach this $6 billion milestone had it not been for its record issuance rate in the past two weeks. As BeInCrypto reported, the past two weeks has seen the stablecoin print USDT in record numbers, virtually every day. Altogether, this has caused exchanges to hold more USDT than ever before. 

Tether has been trumping Bitcoin’s trading volume for some time now. However, the stablecoin remains shrouded in mystery. BeInCrypto reported in September 2019 on a statement by the stablecoin’s co-founder that it ‘doesn’t really matter’ if USDT is backed by an equal amount of dollars. Likewise, Tether has been subject to a massive lawsuit that is currently in the courts.

Tether is now the fourth-largest cryptocurrency in the entire industry, a feat that would have seemed impossible years ago. However, it remains the most controversial part of the market and has often been linked to propping up the price of Bitcoin with unaudited USDT. We still don’t really know where Tether’s reserves are—and with USDT exceeding the $6 billion mark, these questions need to be resolved now more than ever.

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Raised in the U.S, Lucian graduated with a BA in economic history. An accomplished freelance journalist, he specializes in writing about the cryptocurrency space and the digital '4th industrial revolution' we find ourselves in.

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