Blockchain network Tron (TRX) now boasts the issuance of over $30.9 billion Tether (USDT), a tweet by founder Justin Sun said yesterday. It’s now the largest Tether supply managed by any particular blockchain.
“Congrats on TRC20-USDT reaching the milestone of 30 Billion, as the best-performing stablecoin with immediate transactions and free handling fees on TRON,” wrote Sun on Twitter. The figure came months after Tether on Tron surpassed the stablecoin’s supply on Ethereum.
— Justin Sun 🅣🌞 (@justinsuntron) May 13, 2021
The Tron jump
Tether’s a ‘stablecoin’ backed on a 1:1 basis with the US dollar, meaning it’s always worth $1 (although higher premiums do exist on individual crypto exchanges). The stablecoin is issued on over eight other blockchains: Algorand, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Ethereum, Liquid Network, Omni, Solana, and Tron—each with varying fees and settlement speeds.
The primary issuer of Tether, for a large part of its existence, has been the Ethereum network. However, slow speeds (15 transactions per second) and high fees (an average of $20, reaching over $200 in some instances) have led to traders and users move to other blockchains.
Tron has somehow emerged on top. It claims to have a tps of 2,000, and charges a fraction of a cent in fees, allowing it to reach the 30 billion USDT supply landmark yesterday.
Tether releases data…for the first time
The Tron milestone came on the back of Tether releasing its backed assets data for the first time in its nearly seven-year history. The coin’s issuer, Tether Global, has been the subject of huge controversy in the past several years, with critics alleging Tether might, in fact, be not backed by dollars at all.
The breakdown, however, shed light on the backing. It stated a bulk of Tether’s reserves were in cash, cash equivalents, or other short-term deposits with the remainder in secured loans, corporate bonds, and ‘other’ investments.
📢Tether releases quarterly information about the composition of its reserves backing issued tether tokens ⬇️https://t.co/LP72rAuDtz
— Tether (@Tether_to) May 13, 2021
Under the ‘cash’ part was an interesting bit: 65.39% of the backing arose from an unspecified ‘commercial paper,’ while the remaining came from fiduciary deposits (24.2%), cash (3.87%), reverse repo notes (3.6%), and Treasury bills (2.94%).
Tether also said part of its stablecoins were backed by Bitcoin (1.64% of its total supply) and gold (9% of its total supply).
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