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Tether Mints 7 Billion USDT in 3 Months and Implements Wallet Freezing Policy

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In Brief

  • Tether has notably increased its supply by minting 7 billion USDT in the last 3 months, surpassing 90 billion tokens.
  • USDT's supply increase indicates a growing market confidence and demand among traders for the stablecoin.
  • Meanwhile, the stablecoin issuer has introduced a new voluntary wallet-freezing policy to prevent potential misuse.
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Tether, the issuer of the USDT stablecoin, has minted 7 billion USDT in the last three months, pushing the total supply beyond 90 billion tokens. The rising amount of USDT in circulation coincides with Tether’s recent crackdown on the illicit use of its stablecoin.

As of press time, USDT’s market capitalization stands at $90.6 billion. This marks a notable 9% increase, solidifying USDT’s position as one of the fastest-growing stablecoin in the current year.

What USDT Increasing Supply Means

Observers have suggested that the substantial increase in USDT’s supply reflects improved market conditions and enhanced traders’ confidence.

USDT, being the largest dollar-pegged stablecoin in the market, has emerged as a vital conduit for crypto trading activities. Data from BeInCrypto shows that it is one of the most used digital assets, with a trading volume nearing $30 billion during the past day.

Tether USDT Supply
Tether’s USDT Year-to-Date Market Capitalization. Source: Tradingview

The rising supply is also a signal of new market entrants and increased trading activities among existing participants.

“Around 80% of active stablecoin addresses each week use USDT,” TRON DAO said.

Besides that, an uptick in the supply of USDT traditionally corresponds with price surges across the crypto market, influencing the prices of Bitcoin and altcoins. The recent trend occurred while flagship digital assets like Bitcoin and Ethereum rose to new yearly peaks amid market optimism about the potential approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF.

Read more: How To Prepare for a Bitcoin ETF: A Step-by-Step Approach

Tether Floats New Wallet-Freezing Policy

Tether has also initiated a clampdown on the illicit use of its stablecoin by introducing a new voluntary wallet-freezing policy. Introduced on December 1, it allows the stablecoin issuer to voluntarily freeze wallets associated with individuals on the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list.

CEO Paolo Ardoino described the move as a proactive measure designed to prevent potential misuse of USDT. He emphasized Tether’s commitment to freezing existing and newly added addresses on the SDN list.

Ardoino highlighted that this initiative aligns with Tether’s dedication to maintaining high safety standards. Additionally, the firm aims to strengthen the positive use of stablecoin technology and foster a safer ecosystem for all users.

“By executing voluntary wallet address freezing of new additions to the SDN List and freezing previously added addresses, we will be able to further strengthen the positive usage of stablecoin technology and promote a safer stablecoin ecosystem for all users,” Ardoino said.

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Oluwapelumi Adejumo
Oluwapelumi believes Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the potential to change the world for the better. He is an avid reader and began writing about crypto in 2020.
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