Busiest Day in Tether’s History as USDT Volume Matches Bitcoin’s $10 Billion

Tether (USDT) was utilized to a greater extent than ever before on Tuesday, as traders pumped $9.95 billion worth of trades through the stablecoin.

That’s the highest value of daily trades recorded in Tether’s history. While the global cryptocurrency market cap climbed to $136 billion, USDT trades were just a few hundred thousand off that of Bitcoin. Tether accounted for 27.7% of Tuesday’s $36 billion market wide daily volume.

Tether Volume Nears That of Bitcoin

After processing $4 billion worth of trades on Sunday, USDT volume rose steadily throughout Monday. By the time of the market peak Tether was processing the second most trades in the crypto space, second only to Bitcoin.

Excluding transaction mining, BTC/USDT trades dominated ahead of Ethereum and EOS. There’s an opportunity for arbitrage trading between Coineal and Binance at time of writing, where USDT is valued at $0.999847 and $1.01 respectively.

The algorithms that keep Tether stable did their job well today, as the coin avoided the kind of major fluctuation that often accompanies a market pump. Besides Coineal, aggregate prices remained between $1.00 and $1.01.

Tether’s Stablecoin ‘Price Predictions’

In an example of an article that seems like it was written by algorithm, this post details some Tether price predictions for 2019. According to the author, USDT will hit $1.50 before the end of the year:

“Tether price prediction 2019 is up to 1.50$. It seems very less. For now if you buy Tether for 100$ right now then you will get 100 USDT (Tether). So price prediction 2019 shows you will get profit of 50$ within a year. Its mean your 100$ will turn in to 150$.”

The rationale behind the prediction? Corrective and impulse waves:

“Tether forecast shows that price shows a corrective wave. After every corrective wave there will a impulse wave. Inverters should wait for that impulse wave and after that they will gain 50% profit.”

Tether’s clearly defined function as a dollar-backed stablecoin hasn’t stopped others from taking shots at USDT price predictions.

Has Tether Had a Negative Effect on Bitcoin?

When Tether burst onto the scene in 2014 (as Realcoin), many Bitcoin adherents immediately saw doom on the horizon. Rightly or wrongly, they foresaw the prospect of Tether becoming a more convenient on-ramp to the altcoin market than Bitcoin, and so eliminating one of Bitcoin’s useful functions.

Five years on from the birth of Realcoin and that vision hasn’t really come to pass. Bitcoin remains the on-ramp to the altcoin market, while the rebranded Tether has become the off-ramp. How different would the Bitcoin market cap look today if BTC was still the beneficiary of all of the altcoin profits.

Over $30 billion of today’s volume came from top-ten major alts – all of which have USDT pairs on major exchanges. Combined BTC and USDT trade volume today would be just $2 billion less than Bitcoin’s own all-time high changeover.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Greg Thomson is a freelance writer who contributes to leading cryptocurrency and blockchain publications like CCN, Hacked, and others.