Tether Rejects 'False Rumors' as Fears over Stablecoin's Backing Intensify
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Tether Rejects 'False Rumors' as Fears over Stablecoin's Backing Intensify

3 months ago

There have long been concerns about whether Tether has enough U.S. dollars in reserve to cover all of the USDT in circulation.

Tether Rejects 'False Rumors' as Fears over Stablecoin's Backing Intensify

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Tether has condemned "false rumors" surrounding its commercial paper portfolio, as fears grow that the world's biggest stablecoin is susceptible to collapse during the bear market.

In a statement, the company that issues the digital asset dismissed claims that 85% of its commercial paper portfolio derives from Asian markets — and that it's currently trading at a 30% discount.

Warning that "simple users" risk taking the biggest hit as "coordinated funds" cash in on the uncertainty, Tether added:

"These rumors are completely false and likely spread to induce further panic in order to generate additional profits from an already stressed market."

There have long been concerns about whether Tether has enough U.S. dollars in reserve to cover all of the USDT in circulation.

While the company previously said that its stablecoins were 100% backed by real U.S. dollars, Tether's changed its tune in recent years.

Assurance opinions appear to show USDT is backed by a blend of commercial paper, cash deposits, U.S. Treasury bills and investments in cryptocurrencies.

Tether went on to stress that it's reducing its current portfolio of commercial paper — vowing that this will stand at $8.4 billion by the end of this month, adding:

"This will gradually decrease to zero without any incurrences of losses."

The company also sought to play down fears that it could be affected by the struggles engulfing Celsius and Three Arrows Capital.

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