It is now the third largest cryptocurrency in circulation after leapfrogging XRP, which has a respectable market cap of $8.8 billion.
But Tether’s journey to the figurative has not come without controversy, with fraught banking relationships leading to speculation of insolvency in 2018.
With the scrutiny now firmly behind Tether, the company’s CTO, Paolo Ardoino, said: “Tether’s success today will in the future be looked upon as a forbearer for crypto’s emergence as a major asset class.
In March 2020 we hit a big milestone as our market capitalization hit $5 billion. Now only four months later we’ve surpassed a $10 billion market capitalization 🔝
“The market has spoken. People trust tether and like using crypto’s preeminent stablecoin. We’re proud that tether has breached the US$10 billion mark with USDt manifestly so well supported within the digital asset ecosystem.”
The total market cap of Tether has increased by 500% from about $2 billion in February 2019 to reach $10 billion, with this partly being down to how the product works across a range of blockchains including Omni, Ethereum, EOS and the Liquid Network.
However, it’s worth noting that as cryptocurrency continues to thrust itself into the mainstream, the threat of disruption remains new participants enter the market.
As discussed in a recent interview with Coin Rivet, Bitfinex CTO claimed that the emergence of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) does not pose a threat to Tether, despite the fact that it would be used by far more people.
On Tuesday Coin Rivet reported on the Banque of France’s move to test its digital Euro with eight selected applicant, with testing set to begin later this week.
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