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Tether: King of digital dollar-denominated asset

Tether (USDT), the first successful stablecoin and still by far the biggest.

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Tether expected to surpass Ethereum, based on strength of the U.S dollar, ther mints 80,000,000 USDT to unknown wallets within 24 hours, Tether mints over a billion dollars’ worth of USDT, Tether mints over a billion dollars’ worth of USDT

Stablecoins are used as quote currencies in cryptoasset trading pairs, far more than fiat currencies on most exchanges. Unsurprisingly, a large majority of stablecoin trading volume is dominated by Tether.

There are more USDT (Tether) quote pairs in our coverage (out of the exchanges in our sample) than all other stablecoin trading pairs combined.

Data from coinmarketcap revealed that this most valuable stablecoin is trading at about $1, with a market capitalization of about $9.3 billion, and a daily trading volume of about $15 billion, at the time this report was drafted.

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Tether (USDT), the first successful stablecoin and still by far the biggest, was launched in late 2014 by a group called Tether Limited. It introduced a relatively simple concept for creating a crypto asset that maintained a stable price.

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For every USDT issued, the Tether Foundation kept $1 USD in reserve (at least in theory). This kept the USDT price stabilized around $1 since each unit of USDT could be redeemed for one of the US Dollars in the reserve.

Quick fact: Tether is designed as a blockchain-based cryptocurrency whose digital coins in circulation are backed by the same value of traditional fiat currencies like the U.S dollar, Japanese Yen, or the Euro. It trades under the ticker symbol USDT.

READ MORE: Within 72 hours USDC Treasury transfers over 50,000,000 USDC to wallet

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In this sense, Tether was basically a digital wrapper for a dollar-denominated liability, starting off relatively slowly, with little activity in its first year.

However, when Bitcoin’s price began to rise in 2017, Tether started to take off. Its supply passed 1M for the first time in January 2016. By January 2017 it was a little less than 10M. By January 2018, as Bitcoin’s price was peaking at close to $20K, the Tether supply had grown to over 1.4B.

Olumide Adesina is a French-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment Trading. Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society. Behavioral Finance, Duke University. You can follow Olumide on twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected]

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BREAKING: Over 1,000,000 stolen XRP transferred from Kucoin to major crypto exchanges

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Ripple’s chairman transfers 500,000,000 XRP

In a series of tweets by Whale Alert, an advanced crypto tracker showed how crypto robbers transferred over a million XRP stolen from Kucoin to crypto exchanges like BYEX, Binance, in more than eight transactions at the time this report was written.

Here are some of the transactions captured by Nairametrics:

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Recall Nairametrics about two days ago broke the news when KuCoin Global CEO, Johnny Lyu in a statement disclosed yesterday about a reported hack lately in detail after private keys linked to crypto wallets got exposed and might have affected $150 million in user funds.

He added by saying the findings of the internal security audit report, revealed part of  Bitcoin, ERC-20, and other tokens in KuCoin’s hot wallets were transferred out of the crypto exchange, which contained few parts of the total assets holdings.

More details will be released as the story is developing …

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Crypto robber steals $15 million

Eminence, an upcoming project being built by Yearn’s Andre Cronje has been drained of $15 million.

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The DeFi crypto community’s strong appetite for unverified code has once again ended in pains for investors, with the losses amounting to millions of dollars.

Eminence, an upcoming project being built by Yearn’s Andre Cronje, has been drained of $15 million.

Eminence is an unfinished “economy for a gaming multiverse.” In a series of tweets, Cronje gave a detailed analysis of the cyber robbery.

“Yesterday we finished the concept behind our new economy for a gaming multiverse. Eminence. As per my usual methodology, I deployed our staging contracts on ETH so we can continue developing on it.”

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He spoke on the operational details of the project:

“These contracts, not the ecosystem are final, yesterday alone you will notice I deployed 2 separate batches of the contracts, this is my usual “test in prod” process.

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“We started releasing some of the art teasers to showcase all the different clans in the game on Twitter. We posted the first clan “Spartans”. And I went to bed.

“Around ~3 AM I was messaged awake to find out a) almost 15m was deposited into the contracts b) the contracts were exploited for the full 15m and c) 8m was sent to my yearn: deployer account.”

However, Cronje later announced that the Yearn treasury would help in refunding users back the $8 million he received from the hacker according to a snapshot of EMN balances prior to the hack.

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Investor moves $133 million worth of Bitcoins, suspected from Coinbase

An unknown individual(s) moved 12,565 BTC in block 650,441worth about $133million.

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Large entities are fast increasing their transaction sizes in the world’s most important crypto market at a spontaneous rate.

Data obtained from Bitcoin Block Bot, a crypto analytic tracker, revealed that someone (probably from Coinbase) moved 12,565 BTC in block  650,441, estimated to be worth about $133million, some hours ago.

READ: BTC bounty: 69,000 Bitcoins worth $700 million waiting for you

READ: Satoshi Nakamoto’s unspent BTCs worth $10.9 billion

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Why it’s happening; It should also be noted that the amount of BTCS on major crypto exchanges has hit its lowest levels in about two years meaning a new generation of investors, crypto traders are putting its money in it for the long term.

While it is difficult to predict market movements, BTC whales have shown historically that they often determine the BTC trend.

There’s no reason to sell now when you have large institutional investors like MicroStrategy, Grayscale Investments buying the world’s flagship crypto

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READ: Bitcoin whale moves 88,989 BTC worth $1 billion

Quick fact:

  • At the BTC market, investors or traders who own large amounts of bitcoins are typically known as Bitcoin whales.
  • This means that a BTC whale would be an individual or business entity (with a single Bitcoin address) owning around 1000 Bitcoins or more.
  • As BTC whales accumulate BTCs, Bitcoin’s circulating supply reduces, and this can weaken any bearish trend bitcoin finds itself in.

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Meaning that over time, it’s possible that as BTC approaches its fixed supply of 21 million, the price of BTC will go up, with BTC’s present demand factored in.

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