An In-Depth Look at the Cryptocurrency Economy’s ‘Stablecoin’ Trend

An In-Depth Look at the Cryptocurrency Economy's 'Stablecoin' Trend

Back in the early days, cryptocurrency enthusiasts used to laugh at the thought of a stable cryptocurrency pegged to a specific fiat currency like the US dollar. Although nowadays things have changed and the digital currency tether (USDT) captures more cryptocurrency trade volume than most of the leading nation-state issued fiat currencies like the USD and JPY. Moreover, the past year or so more ‘stablecoins’ have been entering the crypto-economy, and some individuals think stablecoins are necessary elements for the future of this technology.

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The ‘Second Bitcoin White Paper’ Written by JR Willett Unleashes the ‘Stablecoin’ Idea in 2012

‘Stablecoins’ — whether you hate them or love them they have become extremely popular over the last two years, and tether (USDT) a digital currency that’s issued over the Omni Layer protocol has become a puzzling phenomenon. Asset­-pegged cryptocurrencies started being heavily discussed and written about in 2012 in J.R. Willet’s Mastercoin white paper, and around 2014 the concept really started gaining steam. There have been many attempts to create stable coins that failed miserably at pegging. The cryptocurrency, nubits (USNBT), was supposed to stay valued at one US dollar. Nubits stuck to around a dollar since it launched up until June 9, 2016, and then sunk below that point until September 6, 2016. Again the currency kept stable for a while all the way until March 21, and it hasn’t been able to keep the 1:1 ratio ever since then.

An In-Depth Look at the Cryptocurrency Economy's 'Stablecoin' Trend    Tether the King of All Crypto-Dollars

An In-Depth Look at the Cryptocurrency Economy's 'Stablecoin' TrendIn November of 2014, Reeve Collins revealed the project ‘Tether’ a blockchain based coin that’s issued using the Bitcoin Core (BTC) network utilizing the Omni Layer protocol. The Omni network can grant and revoke tokens created by metadata embedded in the BTC chain and the project’s prodigal son is USDT. Every USDT issued is allegedly backed by one US dollar and the creators claim all the funds are held in reserves by Tether Limited’s bank. This particular claim is extremely controversial and USDT has been the center of a lot of attention.

An In-Depth Look at the Cryptocurrency Economy's 'Stablecoin' Trend

Nevertheless, tethers have been consistently stable ever since its price was first recorded on Coinmarketcap in February of 2015. The use of tether has become a popular vehicle for traders looking for a safe haven during bear markets. Tether makes it easier for traders to not have to convert back and forth into fiat and USDT is used by lots of popular trading platforms. Exchanges who use USDT include Binance, Poloniex, Bitfinex, Okex, Huobi, Hitbtc, Bittrex, ZB.com, Bitforex, Fcoin, and there are many more. Because a lot of cryptocurrency prices have been floundering, tether has managed to make its way into the top ten digital currency market capitalizations as USDT is now in the ninth position.   

Maker Dao and Dai Tokens

An In-Depth Look at the Cryptocurrency Economy's 'Stablecoin' TrendAnother interesting stablecoin that has remained fairly consistent so far is the digital currency dai, a token created using the Maker Dao. The Maker Dao is a protocol that’s built on the Ethereum network and essentially it uses the dollar conversion rate when it locks up tokens autonomously. Essentially a user deposits a blockchain-based asset as collateral which then, in turn, creates stable dai tokens. Since dai tokens were first recorded on Coinmarketcap’s (CMC) historical index on December 27, 2017, the price has remained stable between $0.99 and $1.02 per coin. Dai tokens are not as popular as Tether (USDT), and the platform is relatively new. However the Maker Dao and dai tokens are being regularly traded on decentralized exchanges (DEX), and other token trading platforms like Bancor, Radar Relay, and Ethfinex. Dai is used by these exchanges, and by the general public, for borrowing and leverage opportunities because the currency’s price remains valued at $1 USD consistently.

An In-Depth Look at the Cryptocurrency Economy's 'Stablecoin' Trend

The Trust Token Asset Tokenization Platform

An In-Depth Look at the Cryptocurrency Economy's 'Stablecoin' TrendThen there’s the stablecoin called ‘trueusd’ — a coin that’s issued by the Trust Token Asset Tokenization Platform. The creators of trueusd (TUSD) claim that each token is backed by collateralized USD assets dispersed over various escrow accounts within the Ethereum-based Trust Token Platform. So much like tether (USDT) the trueusd tokens are said to be backed 1:1 with the US dollar, and at the moment the currency has a $60M market valuation. Exchanges have started using trueusd for stablecoin pairs much like how tether is used these days. Just recently the Indian exchange Zebpay announced using trueusd and the trading platforms Bittrex, and Binance also have listed the coin. Trueusd was first listed on CMC’s historical data on March 6, 2018, and the token has also remained stable between $0.99 and $1.01 per TUSD.

An In-Depth Look at the Cryptocurrency Economy's 'Stablecoin' Trend

More Stable Coins Are Coming

The three stablecoins mentioned above are probably the most popular so far, and each one has seen significant adoption. The controversial tether (USDT) is the reigning champion of stable assets today. However, there are a slew of other stablecoins that are making their way into the crypto-economy, or plan on joining in the near future.

An In-Depth Look at the Cryptocurrency Economy's 'Stablecoin' Trend
A few new stablecoins planning to join Tether, Trueusd, and Dai. Kowala’s Kusd, Havven’s Eusd, and Vaultusd.

A stablecoin called kowala (KUSD) has recently partnered with the hardware wallet firm Ledger. Ledger devices will be able to send, receive, and store KUSD. Another stablecoin in the works is called NUSD, which is an EOS blockchain-based asset that was built by the Havven development team. Following that project is a smart contract platform that plans to collateralize its tokens called Usdvault (USDVAULT), with gold bullion that’s professed to be housed in Swiss vaults. The Vault creators claim the stable coin will be based off a 1:1 USD price ratio, but the asset’s 1:1 value is essentially backed by the precious metals located in Switzerland. Further not too long ago the unicorn cryptocurrency company Circle Invest explained it is working on a stablecoin as well that will be tied to the value of US dollars.

It seems that even though some of these coins are controversial, and people need to put trust in the claims that the assets are truly backed by a certain collateralized asset, so far they still continue to grow very popular. Of course, the main concern will always be whether or not these stable currencies are truly pegged to real US dollars, and if they’re not and they are based on the price ratio, can they hold the 1:1 values over time.

What do you think about stable coins like tether, dai, trueusd? Do you think this concept will continue to be popular in the cryptocurrency universe? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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Stablecoins Gaining Popularity in India to Minimize Central Bank’s Impact

Stablecoins Gaining Popularity in India to Minimize Central Bank’s Impact

A growing number of cryptocurrency exchanges in India are adding stablecoins such as trueusd (TUSD) and tether (USDT) to their platforms. They are part of the solutions exchanges have come up with in order to minimize the impact of the crypto banking ban imposed by the country’s central bank.

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Unocoin Adds TUSD

Stablecoins Gaining Popularity in India to Minimize Central Bank’s ImpactUnocoin, one of India’s largest crypto exchanges, announced on Wednesday the addition of TUSD to its crypto-to-crypto platform, Unodax. An ERC-20 token built on the Trusttoken platform, each TUSD is said to be backed by one USD held in reserve which can be redeemed. Unodax currently offers 23 TUSD trading pairs including BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, and XRP.

“The decision [to add TUSD] has been taken to minimise the RBI circular’s impact on cryptocurrency investors and traders,” Inc42 reported. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central bank, issued the circular banning banks from providing services to crypto companies on April 6.

The publication quoted the exchange’s CEO and co-founder, Sathvik Vishwanath, commenting on the addition:

After the RBI banned bank transfers for crypto trading and investments, we were looking for the plausible solutions to help our users continue to hodl, without any disruptions and hassles.

“With trueusd, we are excited to present our users with a long-awaited stable trading plan for crypto-assets traders on our Unodax exchange,” he continued. “Crypto enthusiasts may use this stable coin as a medium of exchange for other crypto-assets and minimise their risks in a volatile market.”

Zebpay Slashes Withdrawal Fee for TUSD

Stablecoins Gaining Popularity in India to Minimize Central Bank’s ImpactAnother major crypto exchange in India, Zebpay, added TUSD to its platform earlier this week, as news.Bitcoin.com previously reported.

The exchange also slashed withdrawal fees for multiple currencies. For TUSD, “withdrawal fees are zero till 31st August 2018.” Zebpay wrote:

You can now buy, sell and trade TUSD in two trading pairs: TUSD-INR and BTC-TUSD.

Wazirx Uses USDT in P2P, Adds TUSD

Stablecoins Gaining Popularity in India to Minimize Central Bank’s ImpactCrypto exchange Wazirx launched an escrowed “P2P” service on July 10 that uses tether to enable users to deposit and withdraw INR in an effort to bypass RBI’s ban. Issued on the Bitcoin blockchain via the Omni Layer protocol, each USDT is backed by one USD that Tether Limited claims is held in reserve and can be redeemed for cash. Wazirx has also added TUSD as a deposit option.

The exchange explained that USDT is used “to make stability and crazy liquidity happen,” elaborating:

While building Wazirx P2P, we realized that since crypto price fluctuations are beyond our control, we needed to bring in a stable coin…Since we wanted to add the stable coin with the highest liquidity in the global market, we’ve decided to go with tether.

More Indian Exchanges Offering TUSD and USDT

On Saturday, August 11, Zecoex announced that it has introduced the TUSD trade markets for BTC, ETH, and XRP pairs.

Stablecoins Gaining Popularity in India to Minimize Central Bank’s ImpactCoindelta has also added USDT for trading, deposits, and withdrawals. Trading against INR was enabled on July 19 and against the platform’s long list of cryptocurrencies on July 24. The exchange noted, “USDT is a stable coin, the value of USDT is always tethered to the US dollar price. This makes it easy for people to hold their funds.”

Koinex introduced TUSD on July 6 and aims for this trading market to serve as an alternative to INR as a stable currency. Users can deposit and trade TUSD against INR, BTC, ETH, and XRP. The exchange detailed:

With the absence of INR corridors, we began to find a suitable alternative to the stability of digital assets against fiat currency. After sincere efforts, we are glad to announce the introduction of trueusd (TUSD) as a stable coin on Koinex.

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Bitcoin in Brief Wednesday: McAfee Stops Shilling ICOs as Reckoning Nears

Bitcoin in Brief Wednesday: McAfee Stops Shilling ICOs as Reckoning Nears

John McAfee’s decision to stop shilling ICOs as a regulatory day of reckoning draws near is the top item in today’s edition of Bitcoin in Brief. Additional stories include Bittorrent trying to reassure users it wont cryptojack them to mine tron, Binance’s latest venture in Malta, a tether replacement getting VC backing, and Paris Hilton’s dad getting into crypto.

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Day of Reckoning for ICOs

Bitcoin in Brief Wednesday: McAfee Stops Shilling ICOs as Reckoning NearsAntivirus pioneer and token pump master, John McAfee, has announced he is no longer working with ICOs nor is he going to keep recommending them. The reasons he gave for the move are “SEC threats” and that “those doing ICOs can all look forward to arrest. It is unjust but it is reality.”

An explanation for what McAfee might be fearing came from Chris Concannon, the president of Bitcoin Futures supporting Cboe Global Markets. “The reckoning will come in two waves,” he said in an interview with Business Insider. According to him, ICO investors should lay awake at night worrying as the SEC will soon go after market participants. Following that he expects a torrent of class-action lawsuits against the teams behind projects. “If you sold someone an unregistered security you are liable to them if they decide to take them to court,” Concannon said.

Despite all of this don’t count McAfee out of the market just yet. He also claimed to be working “on an equivalent alternative to ICOs which the SEC cannot touch.”

Bittorent Tells Users Not to Worry About Tron Takeover

Bittorrent Inc, the company managing the development of the peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, is trying to reassure users they have nothing to fear following its recently reported $120 million acquisition by Tron founder Justin Sun. It issued a statement that: “Our attention has been drawn to the news items that have appeared in the past few weeks speculating about a change in BitTorrent’s business model. We wish to reiterate that BitTorrent has no plans to change what we do or charge for the services we provide. We have no plans to enable mining of cryptocurrency now or in the future.”

Binance Backs Accelerator at Malta Stock Exchange

Bitcoin in Brief Wednesday: McAfee Stops Shilling ICOs as Reckoning NearsThe Malta Stock Exchange has announced it is joining forces with Binance for the launch the MSX Fintech Accelerator Programme. The stock exchange will offer crypto startups access to professional business services and facilities including in-house accounting services and payroll, as well as office space, communication, conference rooms and a training centre. In addition to Binance, the programme has also signed up other companies including Thomson Reuters as mentors.

The Chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange, Mr Joseph Portelli said, “It is clear that Malta is becoming a Fintech and blockchain centre of excellence and we want to allow local and foreign companies the ability to bring their ideas to the market faster. This programme offers foreign entrepreneurs easy access to a ready-made solution at one of Malta’s most prestigious addresses – the Malta Stock Exchange.” A Binance spokesman added, “We moved our operations to Malta precisely because it has demonstrated its progressive approach to supporting and developing the crypto and blockchain industry. Malta is creating a safe and legislated environment for the industry to become reputable, attracting companies like ours and many others. The Malta Stock Exchange reflects these values, providing the infrastructure for entrepreneurs and start-ups to flourish in what is otherwise a highly competitive industry.”

Stablecoin “True USD” Raises $20 Million

Trust Token, the creator of the Trueusd (TUSD) stablecoin, has announced it completed a $20 million strategic investment round with support from the firms Andreessen Horowitz, Block Tower Capital, Danhua Capital, GGV Capital, and others. The money is meant to support the development of the asset tokenization platform and expansion of its legal, partnership, product, and engineering departments. Since launching in March 2018, Trueusd’s market capitalization has grown to $49 million, with the tether alternative reaching an average daily trading volume of $22 million on exchanges such as Binance, Bittrex, and Upbit.

Trust Token CEO Danny An said: “The support of these leading investment firms represents a significant step towards our goal to build a compliant tokenization platform for currencies, commodities, and real-world assets. We will draw on the combined expertise and network of these firms as we grow our industry partnerships and extend the reach of our first product, TrueUSD.”

Paris Hilton’s Dad Wants Some Serious Crypto

Bitcoin in Brief Wednesday: McAfee Stops Shilling ICOs as Reckoning NearsRichard Hilton, a real estate broker from Beverly Hills, hotel royalty and father of Paris Hilton, is now tapping the bitcoin whale market. He is reportedly offering an 11-bedroom 16th Century mansion in Rome for sale with cryptocurrency. The auction for the property, estimated to be worth over $35 million, will begin on June 28. “The auction shows real estate’s growing trust in blockchain and provides crypto investors an opportunity to diversify and solidify their portfolio with a trophy asset,” Hilton said.

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Bittrex Launches USD Fiat Trading

Bittrex Launches USD Fiat Trading

Bittrex has finally introduced fiat currency support. The US exchange, which was established in 2013, subsisted with tether as its USD surrogate until recently, before adding another stablecoin, TrueUSD, a couple of months ago. Around the same time, its CEO Bill Shihara revealed that the platform would be adding USD pairs and today they went live for corporate clients.

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More Fiat, Less Tether

Bittrex, along with exchanges such as Binance and Upbit, has been gradually weaning itself away from tether, which for a long time was the only dollar-based hedge available. It has been speculated that the desire to list other stablecoins, and to eventually pivot to USD, was partially born out of a desire to be less reliant on the notoriously opaque tether. Whatever the reasoning, Bittrex has now secured the banking facilities necessary to enable fiat-crypto trading, and in Malta Binance is believed to be following suit.

Initially, the Seattle-based exchange will offer the USD paired against BTC, tether (USDT), and TrueUSD. This means that traders can swap between dollar-pegged tokens, which could be useful in the event of needing to send dollars to another exchange, or in the event of a stablecoin slipping from its dollar peg, as previously happened to TrueUSD upon news of its Binance listing.

Bittrex Launches USD Fiat Trading

Bittrex Signs with Signature

Bloomberg reports that Bittrex has inked a deal with New York’s Signature Bank. This will allow corporate clients in certain US states to make fiat deposits. While retail investors will be unable to benefit from this facility initially, Bittrex hopes to eventually roll the service out to all users who reside in states where it is licensed. As of today, May 31, corporate traders in Washington, California, New York, and Montana can make fiat deposits. Due to the restrictions in place, which will prevent the majority of Bittrex’ three million users from being able to participate, USD trading volume is likely to be low to begin with.

Bittrex Launches USD Fiat Trading“It’s been a long path [towards securing a banking agreement],” Bittrex Chief Executive Officer Bill Shihara told Bloomberg. “It’s not just about banks being able to trust Bittrex. It’s about banks being able to trust crypto in general. And I think it’s really showing that crypto is turning the corner in terms of mainstream acceptance.”

“They really do look and pore through the entire business,” Shihara said. “They want to make sure that we’ve got robust AML/KYC processes, that we’ve got the right controls on our finances. They do background checks and everything. They really look at our business soup to nuts.”

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Markets Update: Digital Assets Show Recovery After the Past Three Days of Dips

Digital asset markets are doing some healing during the past 24-hours of trading after touching some lows the day prior. At the moment the entire cryptocurrency market capitalization of all 1,600+ tokens is around $377Bn with around $16Bn worth of 24-hour trade volume. Bitcoin Core (BTC) markets are up 2.3 percent averaging $8,314 per coin while Bitcoin Cash (BCH) prices are up 1.5 percent at around $1,180 per BCH.

Also read: “Stablecoin” Trueusd Pumps After Binance Listing

The Week-Long ‘Consensus Pump’ Never Came to Fruition

The mid-May ‘blockchain week’ Consensus pump never materialized last week even though there was plenty of positive cryptocurrency news. During the course of the week, most digital assets in the top 500 lost a good portion of gains. This weekend is a different story as a bunch of markets are seeing some recovery from the dips. Bitcoin Cash markets are up 2.3 percent averaging roughly $1,188 per BCH at the time of publication. The decentralized currency’s 24-hour trade volume has dropped considerably to $683Mn which doesn’t give traders hope for a bigger weekend push. The top five exchanges swapping the most BCH today include Okex, Huobi, Hitbtc, Lbank, and EXX. BTC pairs with BCH has increased significantly as BTC represents 41 percent of today’s BCH trades. This is followed by tether (USDT 30%), USD (13%), KRW (11%), and the Euro (1.2%).

Markets Update: Digital Assets Show Recovery After the Past Three Days of Dips
BCH/USD prices on May 19, 2018.

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the BCH/USD four-hour charts on both Bitstamp and Bitfinex shows bulls need to muster up more strength to break upper resistance. The two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) still have a gap with the 100 SMA above the 200 SMA indicating a good path to the upside. However even though there is a gap it looks as though the two trend lines may cross hairs shortly. RSI oscillator levels point towards an oversold region at 38, and the MACd indicates there will be improvement shortly as well. Looking at the order books towards the upside shows bulls have gigantic sell walls to eat through between the current vantage point and $1,250. On the back side if the BCH bears remain in power there are still some solid foundations between now and $1,130. Traders are looking out for some deeper consolidation before the next breakout as positions currently look like musical chairs at the moment.

Markets Update: Digital Assets Show Recovery After the Past Three Days of Dips
BCH/USD prices on May 19, 2018, Bitfinex $1,880 per BCH.

The Top Digital Currencies See Some Recovery

Overall most cryptocurrencies today are in the green and nurturing the market wounds from the past 72-hours. Bitcoin Core (BTC) prices are doing decent rebounding today at $8,318 per coin but trade volumes are also low at $5Bn. Ethereum (ETH) the second highest valued market cap is doing very well as markets are up 4.3 percent. One ETH is trading at $708 during Saturdays mid-afternoon trading sessions. Ripple (XRP) prices are up 2.1 percent as each XRP trades at $0.68 cents. Lastly, the fifth position held by EOS is doing the best out of the top five contenders as EOS prices are up 5.6 percent — a single EOS today trades for $13.13 per token.

Markets Update: Digital Assets Show Recovery After the Past Three Days of Dips

The Verdict: Bullish Optimism Wanes

Optimism is there among cryptocurrency traders and enthusiasts but people are becoming skeptical of the positivity and those predicting bullish pumps. Of course, while the dips take place traders are finding shelter in Tether, and True USD while they wait out the storm. For now, there’s a whole lot of consolidation happening until traders decide when the next big move happens which could go either way at this vantage point.

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Trust Token Blames Bots for Volatility of Trueusd Stablecoin

Trust Token Blames Bots for Volatility of Trueusd Stablecoin

On Wednesday Trueusd, a stablecoin designed to be pegged to the US dollar, experienced a sudden bump in price after Binance announced support. The news caused Trueusd (TUSD) to rise by an unprecedented 40% before eventually subsiding. Trust Token, the coin’s developers, have now explained to news.Bitcoin.com how this sequence of events came to be.

Also read: “Stablecoin” Trueusd Pumps After Binance Listing

Trueusd and the Moon Mission That Wasn’t Meant to Be

As reported on Thursday, TUSD pumped to $1.39 off the back of news that Binance would be listing the supposed stablecoin. Binance has since postponed its listing of the token, pushing the event back by a few days “to prepare for sufficient liquidity”. Trust Token, for its part, has responded to the incident in a blogpost, writing:

TrueUSD saw a large, sudden increase in demand after Binance first announced that they are listing TUSD. We believe that bots (and some misinformed traders) purchased TrueUSD as soon as the announcement was made.

The post continues: “Generally, our policy is that “redeemability leads to stability.” The value of a TrueUSD token is that it can be redeemed for one US dollar. There will only be as many tokens in circulation as there are dollars in the escrow account to collateralize the tokens. In the long run, this feature precedes price stability, since the price will return to $1.00 (as it did today) as long as the token continues to be redeemable.”

Trust Is Earned

Bittrex Adds Tether Competitor TrueUSD as Regulation Rumors PersistAs a piece of parting advice, Trust Token advises traders not to pay any more than $1.05 per token, otherwise “you may lose money.” Trust Token’s co-founder and CTO Rafael Cosman spoke to news.Bitcoin.com to clarify some of the issues raised in the blog post, and pointed out that when TUSD was listed on Bittrex in March, traders were issued with the same advice – not to pay more than $1.05 per token.

Assuaging concerns that TUSD could dip discernibly below $1, Rafael Cosman said:

Price stability is maintained by market-making incentives. Today, market-makers buy TrueUSD for $1.00 directly from the bank, anticipating that if the price hits even $1.01 they can arbitrage some profit. The opportunity for redemption incentivizes market-makers to keep at $1.00 and not below: if the price was to dip to $0.99, then market-makers could buy it and redeem it for $1.00. Market-makers would quickly scoop in and buy all the “sell” orders for below $1.00 until none were left and the price returned to $1.00.

Bot or Not?

Trust Token Blames Bots for Volatility of Trueusd StablecoinFollowing up on claims that bots were to blame for TUSD’s sudden price spike this week, Rafael Cosman added: “It’s fairly common knowledge in the crypto industry that there are bots that “listen” for announcements of coins listing on exchanges and buy any coin as soon as it is listed on a new exchange. This is usually profitable, since more buyers for a token can mean a higher price. However, in the case of Trueusd, any person who knows that the token is redeemable for $1.00 knows they will lose money if they buy it for more, and so market-makers holding Trueusd happily sold it to bots for above $1.00 until there was no more demand.”

Stablecoins are still highly experimental at this stage, and while some “stable bears” believe perfect dollar parity will never be reached, others are confident that anomalies such as that which befell TUSD will be ironed out in time. As Trust Token acknowledged, even “the most stable of stablecoins will occasionally experience variance.”

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“Stablecoin” Trueusd Pumps After Binance Listing

“Stablecoin” Trueusd Pumps After Binance Listing

It’s customary for cryptocurrencies to pump after securing a Binance listing. Every week a handful of tokens enjoy the “Binance bounce”, gaining as much as 50% in a matter of hours. Trueusd (TUSD) was meant to be different though. It’s a stablecoin whose job is to stay as close to the US dollar as possible. And yet, when Binance announced that it was adding TUSD, the unthinkable happened.

Also read: Circle Raises $110Mn With Plans to Launch USD-Backed Coin

How Trueusd Became a False Stablecoin

Stablecoins are a burgeoning industry, with scores of projects seeking to create tether alternatives that provide stability, each pegged against the US dollar. Circle has just announced plans to launch its own stablecoin, and news.Bitcoin.com recently profiled several other new contenders, including Trueusd, which was described as:

A collateralized stablecoin backed by USD held in escrow accounts. It’s basically a more transparent tether and is available on Upbit and Bittrex – where it’s even tradable against tether.

On May 16, Binance became the latest and largest exchange to announce its intention to list TUSD. Up until this date, the coin had performed as expected, with scarcely a wobble from its dollar peg. But then Binance released its news and TUSD went on a run to rival even the pumpiest of altcoins. At 3:36am ET, Trueusd was trading at $0.997. In the space of 22 minutes, it jumped to $1.18 and by 5am was at $1.39, a 39% rise for a coin whose defining characteristic is that isn’t meant to rise.

“Stablecoin” Trueusd Pumps After Binance Listing

Stability? What Stability?

In a short blog post, Binance declared that it would “open trading for TUSD/BNB, TUSD/BTC and TUSD/ETH trading pairs at 2018/05/18 04:00 AM (UTC). Users can now start depositing TUSD in preparation for trading.” It added: “Note: TUSD is a stablecoin. The value is designed to be 1 TUSD = 1 USD.” That design clearly doesn’t account for the power of a Binance listing. This is despite Trust Token, the team behind TUSD, claiming “Our open source smart contracts ensure a 1:1 parity between TrueUSD and USD in the accounts.”

“Stablecoin” Trueusd Pumps After Binance Listing

Ironically, in pumping by 39%, TUSD may have just proven its unsuitability as a stablecoin, and strengthened the case for tether. Tether may be opaque, but at least it works, staying resolutely close to its dollar peg at all times. Trueusd seems to have spiked due to traders FOMO-ing into the coin. It is unclear whether all of these buyers were aware that they were purchasing a supposed stablecoin. The price will settle down eventually, and return to its designated price. Traders may be left wondering, however, whether a stablecoin that can appreciate by almost 40% might also be capable of diminishing in value.

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Markets Update: Mid-May Price Dips Plague Cryptocurrency Markets

Markets Update: Mid-May Price Dips Plague Cryptocurrency Markets

Cryptocurrency markets are losing some gains today, as most digital assets are down between 3-15 percent during this morning’s trading sessions on May 16, 2018. The overall cryptocurrency market cap has shaved a few billion in losses since our last markets update, leading to the valuation of all 1,600 cryptocurrencies hovering around $374Bn today. During the last 24-hours Bitcoin Cash (BCH) value has dropped 10.4 percent and prices are around $1,258 per BCH. Bitcoin Core (BTC) prices have also dipped, but by only 5.6 percent with one BTC priced at $8,234 at the time of publication.

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BCH Markets Down 20% This Week

At least three-quarters of the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem has lost value today as many coins are seeing losses this Wednesday. Total 24-hour trade volume for today’s trading session is around $22.6B worth of exchanges. Bitcoin Cash markets have lost a bit of value since yesterday as the network experienced an upgrade which increased its block size to 32MB. BCH trade volume is thinner than the week prior as only $1Bn has been traded during the last day. The top five exchanges swapping the most BCH during today’s trading sessions are Okex, Bitfinex, Huobi, Upbit, and Hitbtc. Both the South Korean won and tether (USDT) BCH trading pairs have seen exponential volumes but BTC still dominates pairs by 34 percent. The BCH/BTC pair is followed by tether (USDT 25.4%), USD (22%), KRW (14%), and the EUR (1.4%).

Markets Update: Mid-May Price Dips Plague Cryptocurrency Markets
BCH/USD market action on May 16, 2018, according to Satoshi Pulse.

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the four-hour BCH/USD chart on Bitfinex the price is seeing some deep triangular consolidation at the moment. The MACd is on the rise after the initial dip took place and show more improvement could be in the cards. RSI levels show the oscillator is around 38 right now, showing oversold conditions seem imminent. Looking at the two Simple Moving Averages indicates the path to resistance to the upside still looks obtainable as the short term 100 SMA rides above the longer term 200 SMA trend line. Looking at order books on the upside, BCH bulls need to muster up the strength to break past $1,330-1,355 in order to make headway northbound. On the flipside, if the dips continue there are some solid foundations between the current vantage point and $1,210.

Markets Update: Mid-May Price Dips Plague Cryptocurrency Markets
Bitfinex — BCH/USD May 16, 2018, at 10 am EDT.

A Brief Glimpse at Overall Cryptocurrency Market Action

The entire cryptocurrency ecosystem is seeing pretty decent losses today even though there’s been loads of good news coming from the industry this week. The number one cryptocurrency market cap held by Bitcoin Core (BTC) is wavering just below the $8,400 region with $7Bn in trade volume over the past 24-hours. Ethereum (ETH) markets has seen some dippage as well, as prices have lost 4 percent today. One ETH is hovering just above $700 USD at the time of publication. Ripple (XRP) markets are seeing heavier losses around 6.3 percent as one XRP is $0.69 cents today. Lastly, the fifth highest capitalization has been a contested position for a while now as many coins have been filling this area over the past year. EOS has held the number five spot for a few weeks now but its markets are down 11.7 percent today as one EOS is averaging $12 per coin.

Markets Update: Mid-May Price Dips Plague Cryptocurrency Markets
The top ten cryptocurrencies today according to Satoshi Pulse.

The Verdict: Mid-May Market Action is Lackluster but Positivity Remains

So far, the mid-May bull run lots of enthusiasts were hoping for has been nothing but a fizzle this week. Many believed cryptocurrencies would begin to see larger gains after the Consensus conference in New York started but that forecast never came to fruition, at least not yet. The only coins that are doing well today are a few miscellaneous tokens and stablecoins like tether (USD, and TrueUSD showing traders are likely using these ‘stable’ currencies as shelter from the current storm). Optimism and positivity among traders on social media and trader groups on Telegram still seems bright, even though markets have shaved some decent gains over the past 72-hours.

Where do you see the price of BCH and other cryptocurrencies headed from here? Let us know in the comments below.

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Meet the Stablecoins Taking on Tether

Meet the Stablecoins Trying to Take on Tether

Stablecoins aren’t exciting. They don’t pump, moon, or 10x. And yet they have the potential to make traders more money than any other cryptocurrency. These stabilized tokens – usually pegged to the US dollar – scarcely move in price, and yet they’re pivotal in anchoring the crypto markets. Here’s everything you should know about the new class of stablecoins.

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The Price of Stability

Bitmex Research: New Data Supports Noble Being Tether’s Primary Reserve BankTether, the best known stablecoin, is often the second most traded crypto asset after bitcoin. Traders routinely trade in and out of it as they attempt to outmaneuver bitcoin’s price swings. When the markets are down, some will remain in the safety of tether for weeks, venturing back into “proper” crypto only when there are signs of recovery.

Tether is a highly controversial stablecoin, not because of how it works, but due to questions over whether it’s actually dollar-backed with fiat reserves, but that’s a debate for another time. What’s undisputed is that over-reliance on a centralized coin that accounts for $4 billion of daily trade volume is a bad thing. Competition for tether is to be encouraged, and was welcomed by Ethfinex no less – whose parent exchange Bitfinex effectively owns Tether.

Last week, Ethfinex introduced dai, a decentralized tether alternative. Here’s how it, and the rest of the current crop of stablecoins, work:

A Brief Guide to Stablecoins

Meet the Stablecoins Trying to Take on Tether
Dai by MakerDAO

Dai: A decentralized dollar-pegged stable coin from Maker DAO that operates as an ethereum token. The buyer places ethereum in the Maker core smart contract and receives a dollar equivalent of dai in return. It’s tradable on the likes of Bibox, Ethfinex, IDEX, and Bancor Network. It will also soon be available on Omisego’s DEX.

TrueUSD: A collateralized stablecoin backed by USD held in escrow accounts. It’s basically a more transparent tether and is available on Upbit and Bittrex – where it’s even tradable against tether.

Stably: Another USD reserve-backed stablecoin that will work on multiple blockchains when it launches including ethereum and stellar. Stably just raised $500,000 in a seed round.

Bitshares: Usable on the Bitshares exchange only, Bit USD is another dollar-pegged coin, implemented using “smartcoins” to collateralize the currency held against it, typically Bitshares.

Havven: A payment network which also has its own stablecoin. e USD is the first of these, which can be exchanged for ether, though nomins (n USD), the official Havven stablecoin, will launch soon to replace e USD.

New Stablecoins Are Incoming

Several other stablecoins are on their way including kowala, basecoin, augmint, and carbon. Each of these coins has their own means of achieving – or at least attempting – stability. Kowala’s k USD for example is an “anonymously stabilized cryptocurrency” whatever that means, and carbon uses “algorithmically adjusted coin supply based on demand” to ensure it closely matches the USD. VC firm General Catalyst has just led a $2 million round to invest in carbon and basecoin raised $125 million via a SAFT. Stablecoins are big business.

Meet the Stablecoins Trying to Take on Tether

Not everyone is impressed with stablecoins, and specifically their ability to maintain relative stability. Perennial bitcoin bear Preston Byrne has made it his duty to rail against them, and recently highlighted nubits, a lesser known stablecoin, whose value has been anything but stable.

Meet the Stablecoins Trying to Take on Tether
Nubits: the not-so-stablecoin

Creating a coin that can stubbornly cling to the US dollar through thick and thin is a lot harder than it sounds; even tether’s prone to wobbling. But for as long as demand for a hedge against crypto volatility persists, stablecoins will perform an essential job. And with so many new entrants poised to launch, the battle for stablecoin supremacy has only just begun.

Do you think other stablecoins can overtake tether, and if so which? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Bittrex Adds Tether Competitor TrueUSD as Regulation Rumors Persist

Bittrex Adds Tether Competitor TrueUSD as Regulation Rumors Persist

As the saying goes, don’t keep all your stablecoins in one basket. Over-reliance on tethers could prove costly to an exchange such as Bittrex if U.S. regulators were to crack down on the controversial stablecoin. This week, Bittrex added a second stablecoin in the form Trueusd, in a move seen as a hedge against future Tether regulation.

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Bittrex Expands its Stable of Dollar Coins

Following months of inactivity, Bittrex has resumed listing new coins and tokens at the rate of about one a week. This week’s addition was an unusual one however. Unlike other coins, Trueusd (TUSD) wasn’t already widely available elsewhere. In fact, Bittrex is only the second exchange to list the stablecoin after Upbit. In the last 24 hours, $2.3 million of TUSD has been traded on the Bittrex, accounting for 56% of the dollar-pegged coin’s overall volume.

Bittrex Adds Tether Competitor TrueUSD as Regulation Rumors Persist

With $29 million of USDT traded on Bittrex in the same period, tether is still way ahead in the stablecoin stakes, but all that could quickly change, especially if regulators were to weigh in. The legal status of Tether has been debated to death, with critics asserting that it could be liable to a U.S.-led shutdown, likely for falling foul of AML regulations. That may or may not come to pass, but in the meantime, Bittrex’ decision to add Trueusd could be interpreted as a safeguard against that possibility. The U.S. exchange does not allow fiat currency deposits, although its CEO stated in an interview last month that it will be adding this provision.

Bittrex Adds Tether Competitor TrueUSD as Regulation Rumors Persist

Trueusd or False Stablecoin?

When it launched in late January, Trueusd was billed as “A USD-backed stablecoin you can trust”. Trust Token, which conceived TUSD, have evidently learned from Tether’s mistakes and are anxious not to be tarred with the same brush. Hence the emphasis on “full collateral, regular auditing, and legal protections”. To purchase TUSD direct from Trueusd, full KYC is required. Like tethers, TUSD may waver slightly in price, but is unlikely to deviate far from its $1 peg. As Trust Token explains:

Since traders can always trade Trueusd for the equivalent USD on TrueUSD.com, there will be an incentive to buy or sell mispriced Trueusd on exchanges and convert on Trueusd.com.

For all the measures it is taking to ensure full compliance, it is possible that TUSD could still run into hot water for issuing a “copycat” version of the U.S. dollar. This seems unlikely as it stands, not least because regulators have much bigger fish to fry, even if a case could be made against Trust Token and Tether on those grounds. Besides, Trust Token has said it may introduce a Euro-based version in future, which would be safe from such measures. The other major U.S. exchange that is currently reliant on tethers is Kraken. If it were to introduce Trueusd, it could signal the beginning of the end for Tether on U.S. soil.

Do you think TrueUSD is less susceptible to U.S. regulation than Tether? Let us know in the comments section below.


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