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Is USDT’s throne up for grabs in the last week of 2022? This new data suggests…

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  • The overall stablecoin transfer volume witnesses massive growth but USDT’s volume declines
  • USDC manages to outperform USDT in terms of transaction volume and value, however, weighted sentiment for USDT improve

In a recent development, it was observed that despite the volatility faced by the market, the total trading volume of stablecoins set a new record in 2022, reaching 7.4 trillion U.S. dollars. Even though the overall stablecoin space witnessed growth, the same couldn’t be said for USDT.

USDT’s transfer volume fell by 200 billion. From 3.7 trillion in 2021, USDT’s volume declined to 3.5 million in 2022. 

In this sector, USDC dominated the stablecoin space as it accounted for 63% of the overall stablecoin transfer volume according to Dune Analytics. On the other hand, USDT managed to capture 18.4% of the overall stablecoin transfer volume.

Source: Dune Analytics

The social angle

One of the reasons for USDT’s declining transfer volume could be the lack of activity being witnessed by the stablecoin on the social front. According to LunarCrush, USDT’s social mentions fell by 13.5% over the last month. Furthermore, its social engagements declined by 23.3% during the same period.

Along with its declining activity on the social front, there was a lot of FUD that had surrounded the stablecoin in the recent past. Despite the uncertainty around USDT, the stablecoin managed to get into the good graces of the crypto community as its weighted sentiment improved.

According to the data provided by Santiment, the sentiment for USDT had been negative for the first half of December. However, as time passed, the weighted sentiment started to move in a positive direction. This indicated that the crypto community had started to have a positive outlook on USDT at the time of writing.

Source: Santiment

Soaking in all there is

Despite the positive sentiment for USDT, its network growth declined on most networks. From data gathered by Santiment, it was observed that the network growth for USDT on Polygon (Yellow), Ethereum (Blue), and Optimism (Red) had fallen significantly over the past few days.

This indicated that the frequency at which new addresses were transferring USDT had reduced across platforms.

Source: Santiment

Another area where USDT lost its dominance was in terms of transaction value. Based on Dune Analytics’ data, it was observed that USDC had managed to outperform USDT in this regard as well.

At press time, the overall transaction value for USDT was $710 million and for USDT it was $4.4 billion.

Source: Dune Analytics

Despite all of these factors, USDT still managed to maintain its dominance in terms of market cap. At press time, USDT’s market capitalization was $66 billion according to CoinMarketCap.

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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