- USDT has been battling FUD around it in recent months as a result of its exposure to collapsed projects like FTX.
- Tether has made a move to reduce its secured loan to ensure the stability of the token.
The last few months, especially following the FTX collapse, have been rough for USDT as the currency has been the target of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD).
Many people now need clarification on whether or not the stablecoin can maintain its value after being so heavily exposed to failed ventures. However, Tether, the issuer, has come out in a recent release to explain its plans to combat FUD and maintain stability.
Secured loans to cease
Tether indicated that it would stop making secured loans in 2023 in a statement on 13 December. The USDT issuer said in an official statement that starting from 13 December and continuing until 2023, it would lower the value of secured loans in Tether’s reserves to zero.
This was in response to recent assaults on USDT, according to Tether. Although, it made clear that the secured loans it retained in reserves were overcollateralized and supported by liquid assets.
The legitimacy of USDT’s backing has been questioned, among other charges. The most recent move was to protect the USDT and lower the company’s exposure to potentially volatile investments.
Tether also declared a few months ago that it would eliminate all of its commercial paper holdings to protect the asset better. Following the elimination of its commercial paper assets, it also declared an investment in government bonds.
USDT exchange netflow volume spikes
Recently, there has been a significant outflow of USDT from various exchanges during the past 48 hours. Investors looked to have been on a withdrawal binge, judging by the Exchange Netflow volume gathered from Glassnode.
On 12 December, more than $190 million was withdrawn, which is a typical market move if a deposit had been made during that time. However, on 13 December, the withdrawal spiked to over $1 billion, confirming the recent FUD surrounding the token.
Stable on major exchanges
CoinMarketCap statistics showed that USDT continued to have the greatest market share by market capitalization. Statistics from Nansen also revealed that when compared to other stablecoins– except for the exchange’s stablecoin–the volume of USDT held on major exchanges was in the majority.
At the time of writing, nearly $4 billion worth of USDT volume was visible on Binance. With almost $2 billion holding, OKX had the second-highest volume of the asset.