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After UST, USDT Losing its Peg, Why This Should be a Huge Matter of Concern for Crypto Space

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Sahana Vibhute

A passionate cryptocurrency and blockchain author qualified to cover every event in the crypto space. Researching minute occurrences and bringing new insights lie within the prime focus of my task.

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May 12, 2022

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    Stablecoin Tether (USDT) is down by 3% to %0.97, the lowest in the past couple of years

    Huge chunks of traders just shifted their holdings from USDT to BUSD or USDC creating huge FUD within the market

Just as the crypto space is experiencing the most dreadful days in its history, the said backbone ‘Tether’ also tumbles up. No doubt the USDT peg-de-peg is just a normal routine during the bull run and market corrections. But this time it may be a matter of concern as the crypto space is filled up with deep FUD and in such case, minor turbulence for the USDT may hamper the entire market for a longer time. 

It all began when the UST lost its peg and dropped as low as $0.29 for some moments. Being a stablecoin, such a drastic plunge cannot be considered a good sign and hence may start believing that USDT may also witness the same fate. One of Twitterati just put up an interesting liquidation of $130 million worth USDT paying a 400% premium, which all together came up to $500 million. And hence believes that this huge dump dragged the price to $0.995 initially. 

Further, when huge amounts of USDT were flown into USDC or BUSD, Tether came up with its own swapping strategy. 

Here Tether intends to swap a billion USDT from TRC20 to ETH20 & 20 million USDT from TRX20 to AVAX, without hampering the total supply of USDT. However, a similar ‘DEJAVU’ moment is speculated as Do Kwon, founder of UST also came up with a similar announcement just before the capitulation began. 

Also Read: This is Why TerraUSD (UST) May Hit $1 Before Terra (LUNA) Price!

Will USDT De-Peg be Similar to UST?

A panic still hovers within the space as most of the trading pairs in almost all the exchanges are USDT. The asset enjoys being cemented at the top of the leader board of the most traded asset with the highest volume ever. And hence if in such case USDT de-pegs, then it is a big threat to the existence of the crypto space.

However, the majority of them believe that USDT may be normalized very soon as these fluctuations are pretty normal. And hence anyone can easily redeem 1 USDT to 1 USD and hence the asset will restore the Peg at the earliest. 

Yet, many still believe that USDT is not back by USD but liquid reserves and if these reserves dry up, then it may be even worse than the current conditions. In the meantime, USDC/USDT gets blown up as it trades at $1.10 on several exchanges. On the other hand, some accumulate USDT at discounted prices. 

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Sahana Vibhute

A passionate cryptocurrency and blockchain author qualified to cover every event in the crypto space. Researching minute occurrences and bringing new insights lie within the prime focus of my task.

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