Is Tether (USDT) about to get untethered again?

04 Nov, 2018
by David Robb
Is Tether (USDT) about to get untethered again?

After recovering from the significant price plunge that happened a few weeks ago, Tether may be struggling to keep its dollar peg once again. In the last 24 hours, the token has dropped as low as $0.95 on some exchanges.

While this isn't a drop as big as the one that USDT saw in October, 5 percent is still a major price change for a so-called stablecoin. A number of factors may have affected this abnormal fluctuation.

Firstly, several rival fiat-backed tokens have recently been launched and subsequently listed on major exchanges. Gemini dollar (GUSD) and Paxos Standard (PAX) are two of Tether's newer stablecoin competitors, and both have received a seal of approval with listings from OKEx and Huobi, amongst others. This could be affecting demand for USDT.

Read more: Day of the stablecoin: OKEx lists four fiat-backed tokens

Others are pointing to Bitcoin Cash's recent spike as a potential cause of the price drop, suggesting that BCH-USDT pairs on low-liquidity exchanges might be disproportionately affecting the price. Coinmarketcap's usefulness as a data source was even called into question. 

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Read more: Tether (USDT) still hasn't regained its dollar peg

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