The stablecoin operator Tether has once again generated a substantial amount of USDT tokens on the Tron network. However, there’s a twist: these tokens are not yet available for trading or transactions.
According to data from LookOnChain, Tether has produced approximately $13 billion worth of new USDT tokens on both the Ethereum and Tron blockchains since October of the previous year. The latest addition to Tron’s decentralized network, led by Justin Sun, amounts to $1 billion in USDT.
Although the tokens have been minted, on-chain information indicates that the USDT tokens added to the Tron network on January 29th have not yet been released. This implies that the significant minting was done with future intentions, as confirmed by Tether’s CEO, Paolo Ardoino.
Ardoino’s clarification, however, has not eliminated the speculation that Tether’s minting could signal potential price increases across a range of cryptocurrencies. An increase in the creation of new USDT tokens is often associated with bullish sentiment and is sometimes used as an indicator of rising demand.
Tether’s total market capitalization currently stands at a remarkable $96 billion, a trend that has been on the rise since January of the previous year, despite several high-profile crypto-related bankruptcies and collapses, such as Terraform, Three Arrows Capital, and FTX.
Over the past year, USDT’s market capitalization has grown by nearly $30 billion, solidifying its position as the leading stablecoin in the market. However, former Bitmex CEO Arthur Hayes believes that traditional financial institutions could challenge this trend. During an interview, Hayes suggested that banks like JPMorgan could potentially surpass Tether and competitors like Circle if and when regulators allow for the issuance of fiat-backed stablecoins.
Hayes did not speculate on when this shift might occur, but the outcome of the 2024 U.S. presidential election could play a significant role in shaping the government’s approach to blockchain adoption and cryptocurrency assets. Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz believes that significant crypto regulations are unlikely to be implemented before the election results are known. Some lawmakers anticipate that digital asset regulations may become more favorable depending on the election’s outcome.
Recently, GOP candidate Donald J. Trump criticized Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), while independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy referred to them as a potential threat to civil liberties.