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TUSD’s volume pumps up to 3 times as Bitcoin’s price drops

Rakshitha Narasimhan

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TUSD's volume pumps up to 3 times as Bitcoin's price drops
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On February 19, Bitcoin undid the bullish momentum of its golden cross realized a few days earlier. At 1600 UTC, the king coin dropped by over 5.5 percent in the hour, falling from $10,000 to $9,600.

Whenever Bitcoin moves, a stablecoin is never far behind. This time was no different, but that stablecoin surprisingly was not Tether.

TrueUSD (TUSD), the fourth largest stablecoin in the market, with a market capitalization of over $135 million saw a massive pump in its 24-hour trading volume, in the same time period as Bitcoin dropped.

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Source: Stablecoin contenders, skew

According to data from skew markets, the stablecoin saw its volume increase by over 190 percent from over $550 million to $1.8 billion in an unprecedented move, that has gone under the radar.

The volume spiked from $584 million on Feb 19, at 23:00 UTC to $1.8 billion at 5:59 UTC. However, the volume started coming down post the sudden spike and is currently at $1.7 billion, which is still a significant rise.

Source: TUSD volume by exchange, Bravenewcoin

Data by Bravenewcoin suggested that the huge volume came from Hong Kong-based exchange Bit-Z alone; 93.48% of the total TUSD volume was concentrated in this exchange. The table shown above shows a significant difference in the volumes of TUSD concentrated in different exchanges, with less than 1 percent concentrated in the other exchanges.

Additionally, Bit-Z’s exchange volume testified the same. Data from CoinGecko revealed that Bit-Z had 28.48 percent of its total volume come from TUSD. Furthermore, the liquidity of TUSD on Bit-Z is also a mismatch. At press time, TUSD/USDT trading pair had a spread of 1.19 percent, signifcantly higher than the rest of the field.

Source: Bit-Z volume, CoinGecko

All said, the reason for this hefty concentration of TUSD volume in Bit-Z still remains unknown. Given the TUSD volume increase vis-a-vis Bitcoin’s price, there is more than one stablecoin that has an undue influence on Bitcoin.

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A Psychology and Journalism graduate, Rakshitha focuses on UK and Indian markets. As a crypto-journalist, her interests lie in blockchain technology adoption across emerging economies.