Cryptocurrency NewsDecline in Tether's USDT Market Cap Highlights Shifting Landscape in Stablecoin Market

Decline in Tether’s USDT Market Cap Highlights Shifting Landscape in Stablecoin Market

For the first time in nearly a year, Tether Holding’s USDT has experienced a decrease in its market capitalization. This downturn coincides with claims that the stablecoin has consistently lost its peg to the U.S. dollar throughout August.

During the initial week of August, USDT traded at a nearly 2% discount to the dollar across most exchanges, displaying a 98% depeg severity.

Data from the analytics platform CCData shows that by the close of August, USDT’s market cap had shrunk by 1.2%, settling at $82.9 billion. Concurrently, the overall market for stablecoins has been in decline for 17 straight months and is now valued at around $125 billion.

Several factors contribute to this downward trend, such as lower trading volumes, regulatory pressures, rising interest rates, and fading investor interest.

However, despite these conditions, USDT remains unrivaled as the most liquid stablecoin available.

Still, questions about the long-term stability of stablecoins linger, particularly following Binance’s recent move to discontinue support for its own stablecoin, BUSD. BUSD’s market cap is dwindling as more users cash out, largely due to regulatory actions by U.S. agencies in recent months.

Simultaneously, Circle’s USDC has lost half of its market share over the past year, following a debugging incident after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank in March 2023. As of the end of August 2023, USDC’s market cap was approximately $26 billion, making it the second-largest stablecoin.

There’s growing interest in First Digital Group’s FDUSD stablecoin, possibly fueled by promotional offers targeted at Binance users. This uptick comes as Binance faces legal hurdles from U.S. regulators like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), both of which have initiated legal actions against the company.


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