Research report on stablecoin Tether by v.systems




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We received a research report on Tether from v.systems, a public chain project led by Sunny King, released in July 2020. The full report is available to download.



The original report is in Chinese. We sum up the key points as follows:

  1. USDT is the first stablecoin pegged to USD

  2. Launched in 2015 with a $450K market cap; by August 2020, it is over $12B

  3. USDT is distributed on multiple public chains, 59% of USDT via Ethereum, 28% via Tron, 13% via Omni

  4. Among the stablecoins, USDT has a market share of 83.8%, followed by PAX 9.2%, USDC 1.99%

  5. On May 1, the volume of Tether hit the historical high of $87B per day

  6. Main uses of USDT in China include:

  7. arbitrage, hedging

  8. the demand for USDT becoming a market trend indicator of crypto

  9. intermediary between fiat and crypto for OTC trading in China

  10. a vehicle to using fiat money in crypto trading, which will trigger regulatory scrutiny

  11. cross-border payments, settlement

  12. DeFi

  13. Revenue income: interest income, fees, cross-sale between Bitfinex and Tether, between Tether and Aave

  14. Other stablecoins released by Tether including Tether Gold, CNHT pegged to offshore RMB, EURT pegged to EURO


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