“Tethered” to the Dollar
Tethers are a very controversial product in the cryptocurrencyspace and have been for months on end. They are a cryptocurrency that is backed by traditional fiat currencies, such as the United States Dollar or the Euro. Many exchanges have adopted tethers, as they offer a method of implementing USD pairs without having to use dollars. This loophole can allowexchanges to work with “dollars” without having to jump through regulatory hoops.
The old tethersystem used the Omni protocol, a system that allows for custom smart contracts using the Bitcoinnetwork’s security. The switch to Ethereum is exciting, as they’ve already migrated USDT and EURT to the new network.
The companyannounced that the switch was due to high fees and slow confirmations, two problems that Ethereumoffers a solution to. Tether has launched the new contracts and is in the process of transferring value across the chains. It may take some time for a full roll out onto Ethereum.
Concerns About the Token
Tether has come under fire as of late for some questionable actions. Many are still awaiting a full third-party audit on the tether reserves. The reserves are bankaccounts that Tetherclaims have a matching number of dollars as the number of USDT in circulation. More eyebrows were raised when it was discovered that tether has a clause in their ToS stating they have no obligation redeem the tethers at face value.
Tethers can only be purchased by institutional investors, not the public. So far, over $1.5 trillion has been produced by Tether, which is currently being using in circulation by exchanges and individuals worldwide.
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