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What does the January 15 deadline hold for Tether, the world’s biggest stablecoin

Tomorrow is an important date for the issuers of Tether, a USD-pegged stablecoin.

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Tomorrow is an important date for the issuers of Tether, a USD-pegged stablecoin. But what does it mean?

Tether, the crypto heartbeat

Tether Limited, the company behind the widely-used Tether (USDT) stablecoin, will submit several documents explaining its legality to the New York Prosecutor’s Office tomorrow, Jan. 15, before the deadline expires.

It is believed to contain information about Tether’s business practices, its issuance, its supposed one-to-one peg with the US dollar, and other information regarding Tether Limited. 

Stablecoins are one of the biggest use-cases of cryptocurrencies. They are usually pegged on a 1:1 basis with a fiat currency (or algorithmically controlled) and are said to be backed by a certain amount of reserve at all times.

USDT is among the first such stablecoins and the most widely used one. It was founded in 2014 as “realcoin”) by Reeve Collins, Brock Pierce, and Craig Sellers, before rebranding to its current form and stating that “every Tether+ token is backed 100% by its original currency, and can be redeemed at any time with no exposure to exchange risk.”

However, for a few years, several critics have questioned the reserve of Tether, given the company has not yet provided a verifiable audit of its dollar reserves or allowed a third-party auditor to reveal their findings to the public. This has resulted in people questioning the very existence of Tether.

But how does it matter? It’s because USDT’s issuance has reached over $23 billion in recent times, and with daily volumes exceeding even Bitcoin’s, some crypto users are ringing the alarm bells.

That said, however, the January 15 deadline is only the delivery of the required documentation to New York courts. No judgment or judicial charges are expected or levied tomorrow, meaning any fear in the market is likely a result of overreaction.

The controversial rise of USDT

Tether’s problems started after the Panama Leaks papers linked the executives of Bitfinex, Philip Potter and Giancarlo Devasini, to Tether Limited in 2015. This caused controversy at the time.

The second controversy came after USDT supply grew from $10 million to over $2.8 billion from January 2017 to September 2018. The rise was questioned by many, and by mid-2018, Tether accounted for over 80% of the overall Bitcoin volume.

Research suggested that an alleged price manipulation scheme involving tether accounted for about half of the price increase in Bitcoin in late 2017. However, that has not unfazed its backers yet. 

What 2021 holds for USDT is a guess at best. But crypto fanatics are likely praying the critics don’t turn out right.

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Elon Musk Teases Bitcoin Maximilsts Once Again

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The CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company, has taken another humoristic stab at BTC maxis by asking how many are needed to change a light bulb. The wave of comments didn’t disappoint from names like Michael Saylor, Dan Held, Raoul Pal, and more.

  • Ever since the start of the year when Musk said he regretted not buying bitcoin years ago and later revealed that his EV company had actually purchased $1.5B in BTC, the billionaire has frequently been engaging with the community.
  • Most of the discussions used to be in a positive manner, but it all changed when Tesla disabled BTC payments citing environmental issues. When Musk started bashing the cryptocurrency for its high energy consumption levels, most Bitcoin maximalists changed their tunes as well.
  • However, it seems that Tesla’s CEO sees most of it from a humoristic point of view and the latest example, which came earlier today, supports this idea.
  • He reiterated a popular question on Twitter – ”How many Bitcoin maxis does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” Later on, his own response was also quite ironic.
  • Some popular BTC maximalists and other cryptocurrency commentators quickly offered their opinion on the matter. Michael Saylor, the CEO of MicroStrategy, was among the first who also caught the irony – “if you give us 10 minutes, maybe we can hash out the answer,” referring to how the Bitcoin network works.
  • Peter McCormack, the podcaster who recently interviewed the President of El Salvador on the country’s BTC adoption, took a stab at Musk, while Raoul Pal spoke about his views on what the BTC maxi tribe represents.
  • Interestingly, Dan Held, the Head of Growth at Kraken, responded with a reference towards Elon Musk’s favorite meme coin – Dogecoin.
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Bitcoin’s Dominance Rises as BTC Reached a 4-Day High at $35,500 (Market Watch)

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Although bitcoin failed to continue upwards after its intraday high of $35,500, its dominance over the market has increased further. This comes as most alternative coins have stalled, except for Dogecoin, which is up by double-digits.

BTC Dominance on the Rise

After the mid-week crash, in which bitcoin slumped below $30,000 for the first time since January, the asset’s performance has been calmer. It recovered most losses and even spiked to just shy of $35,000 on the following day but failed to continue higher as reported.

The bears drove it south to around $32,000, but the trajectory quickly reversed in the following hours. BTC started climbing again and added more than $3,000 of value.

As a result, it charted a four-day high of approximately $35,500. Despite losing over a grand since then, its dominance over the market has actually increased.

The metric comparing BTC’s market capitalization with all other cryptocurrencies is up to 47%.

BTCUSD. Source: TradingView
BTCUSD. Source: TradingView

Alts Stall While DOGE Pumps

Most of the alternative coins have remained stagnant on a 24-hour scale. Although Ethereum recovered from its most violent stages of the crash, it still fails to overcome $2,000 decisively. As a result, ETH trades just north of $1,900 for a second consecutive day.

Binance Coin jumped higher in the past 24 hours and even exceeded $310 at one point, but has retraced since then and is currently around $290. Cardano, Polkadot, Bitcoin Cash, and Chainlink are slightly in the red since yesterday.

In contrast, Ripple, Uniswap, Litecoin, and Solana have marked minor gains. Dogecoin is the most impressive performer once more from the larger-cap alts following a 10% increase to $0.26.

Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: Quantify Crypto
Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: Quantify Crypto

More fluctuations come from lower- and mid-cap alts. Celo (20%) has surged the most, followed by Nano (16%), Siacoin (12%), THORChain (12%), Curve DAO Token (11%), and Waves (10%).

Klaytn has lost the most from yesterday after a 14% drop. Nevertheless, the cumulative market capitalization of all cryptocurrency assets has remained just shy of $1.4 trillion.

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XRP, Chainlink, VeChain Price Analysis: 25 June 

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As the market continued to make slow and steady recovery, some altcoins bounced back up earlier than expected while others highlighted more volatility and steeper ups and downs.

With new updates in the SEC v. Ripple lawsuit rearing their heads every other day, XRP hiked after the 21 June fall. VeChain, on the contrary, made headlines after VeTrust, built on VeChain Thor, got adopted by a local Chinese government for better COVID-19 risk management.                                                                                                

XRPSource: XRP/USD – TradingView

XRP made a swift recovery as it noted 22% gains from its 22 June levels. The asset, after testing the $0.775-support on 21 June, fell below this level and tested the lower support at $0.55. XRP, after testing its lower support, later bounced back and highlighted considerable price gains.  

The Bollinger Bands for the asset noted a slight convergence that saw reduced volatility and a less expanded price range as the asset made recovery from its lower lows. Further, bullish momentum could be observed building on the Awesome Oscillator with the appearance of green bars. 

The Relative Strength Index for XRP was heading towards the neutral zone and had a reading of 38.43 at press time. The RSI’s uptick underlined an increase in buying pressure, one which pulled the asset from the oversold zone on 23 June. However, sellers were still dominant at press time.

XRP was trading at $0.67 at press time and if its northbound price movement continues, it can test the  $0.775-resistance as well.  

Chainlink [LINK]Source: LINK/USD – TradingView

LINK was trading at $18.9 at press time and was down 64.01% from its ATH with a breakeven multiple of 2.78. The alt’s price, after testing the $17.3 support, bounced back and made decent recoveries. The 15th ranked coin had a 24-hour price hike of 3.80% and a 7-day price dip of 16.30%. 

In light of the appearance of green candlesticks on the chart, the prevailing trend was slightly bullish. This corresponded with the Parabolic SAR’s white dots that have appeared below the candlesticks since the beginning of 24 June. Further, the Squeeze Momentum Indicator pointed to an active squeeze release (white dots) and projected a bullish trend in store for the asset. 

Finally, the MACD and Signal lines underwent a bullish crossover on 24 June, pointing towards a market recovery for the alt. This could lead the asset to rally towards the $25.9-resistance if recoveries continue.

VeChain [VET]Source: VET/USD – TradingView

VeChain was trading at $0.08 at press time and was ranked 21st on CoinMarkerCap. The alt saw decent recoveries after the 21 June price fall, and its 7-day price dip was 23.29% while its 24-hour price gain was 5.50%. The asset was down 70.14% from its ATH and had a breakeven multiple of 3.35. 

Bollinger Bands for the asset highlighted increased volatility and pictured a more expanded price range as the asset made recovery from its lower lows. Capital inflows for the asset were neutral, according to Chaikin Money Flow, with outflows still dominant in the market.

Finally, the Average Directional Index (ADX), highlighted a non-directional market. Once ADX is under 25, an uptrend can be expected to become stronger. The alt, after testing its lower support at $0.07, bounced back up and if the price rallies further it could touch the resistance level at $0.098.


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