Bitcoin (BTC) and crypto markets saw fresh volatility on Nov. 10 after stablecoin Tether (USDT) unpegged from the United States dollar.
USDT/USD 1-day candle chart (Binance US). Source: TradingView
Tether executive: “No issues” with USDT
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed USDT hitting lows of $0.971 on Bitstamp on the day amid fears that the largest stablecoin by market capitalization may fall further.
Those fears were stoked by evidence of embattled exchange FTX and sister company Alameda Research attempting to short USDT.
Currently in the throws of a crisis reminiscent of the Terra debacle, both firms have fallen foul of the cryptocurrency community and beyond as regulators step up scrutiny of the industry.
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, chief technology officer 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.”
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Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading firm Eight, was another among many voices calling on market participants not to overreact to the ongoing volatility.
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“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 Terra’s 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…