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Tether continues to deny Bitcoin price manipulation, despite data suggesting otherwise

Prashant Jha

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Tether might deny BTC price manipulation but data suggest otherwise
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Tether plays a very crucial role in providing liquidity to the crypto-market and despite several other stablecoins being available, it is certainly the king with over 90% market dominance in the stablecoin market. However, Tether has been marred in controversies recently, be it their claims about USDT supply being 100% backed by the US dollar or the accusations of Tether manipulating Bitcoin prices.

Tether has always denied all allegations levied against it, but that does not close the case as it was proven recently that not all of its supply is backed by the US dollar. Similarly, a recent API release which tracks the inflow and outflow of USDT on various exchanges showed some interesting patterns.

The price correlation of BTC with USDT

Token Analyst’s thread on their new API launch also highlighted some interesting correlations and graphs, suggesting that Tether’s USDT had played a major role in pumping Bitcoin price, something which Tether has always denied.

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If we look at the graph of USDT volume and compare it with the Bitcoin’s price, it is quite clear that Bitcoin prices have always spiked whenever Tether has decided to mint new USDT tokens, with the price falling whenever Tether has burnt a certain amount of tokens circulating in the market. Many market analysts have said that due to the level of dominance that Tether has on the market, it is quite easy for it to manipulate the prices sine most of the crypto tokens are paired against them.

Tether started to migrate from Omni blockchain to the Ethereum blockchain and by July, almost 40% of all USDT had already migrated to the Ethereum blockchain. However, another interesting thing to note here is that despite deciding to move away from the Omni blockchain, there has been a significant spike in the number of on-chain Omni-based USDT transactions in 2019.

 

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Even though USDT is moving to the new ERC-20 based Ethereum platform, the inflow/outflow of Omni USDT on exchanges like Binance has been quite similar before and after the migration from Tether Omni to Tether ERC-20.

Users can also view the complete history of funds moved from one exchange to another on TokenAnalyst’s platform.

A Computer Science graduate, Prashant focuses on UK and Indian markets. With over two years of experience as a crypto-journalist, his interests lie in blockchain technology adoption across emerging economies.