Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and all the other cryptocurrencies are great for online payments simply because of their sophisticated use of the Blockchain to facilitate easy transactions. Their transparency is currently unmatched by any fiat equivalent. But can we really bank on them for day to day transfers considering their high volatility? The fact that these currencies are not pegged to any economy worries many.
Here’s where Tether comes in – a project that makes fiat currencies easy to trade by converting them to crypto-coins. Tether is an unregulated cryptocurrency issued on the Bitcoin blockchain before making a transition to the Litecoin blockchain through the Omni Layer Protocol. It is a project that is backed by major cryptocurrency exchanges and is ranked #15 in the rankings for the highest market cap (around $2 billion USD).
Essentially a Virtual Dollar?
Tether is an unusual cryptocurrency that was designed as a cryptographically protected equivalent of all regular currencies, with the dollar in mind. With this said there are some major advantages to using Tether over other cryptocurrencies.
Transit Cryptocurrency: Essentially, Tether can transfer regular currencies to contractors cheaper and faster than bank payments. Also due to the use of the blockchain, securing the payments it makes it an advantageous way to trade regular and cryptocurrencies. Accepted: Numerous platforms that work with cryptocurrencies accepted and enhanced their platforms after the integration of Tether. Platforms that could not use the US Dollar were able to use Tether instead thus growing their platforms. Good Backup: Tether is a backup fund that ensures the market stability of the coins. The backup funds make up to the equivalent amount of tether in circulation.
Risks Regarding Tether Limited
There are doubts that Tether Limited, the company behind Tether, does not have the reserves to back up all the funds currently in circulation. Claims that it does not hold the dollars to back it up need to scrutinize, for in case they do come out to be true, it could have a