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Tethered To What?

The internet has been awash with talk of the recent update to Tether‘s terms of service. It was quietly updated on the 26th of February and announced via a recent Reddit post.


tether USDT terms of service reddit


Not only is it in the statement in their terms of service but also on their homepage.


” 1.1.32 “Reserves” means traditional currency and cash equivalents and, from time to time, may include other assets and receivables from loans made by Tether to third parties, which may include affiliated entities;” -

Dodgy Loans

So what exactly do they mean by ”may include other assets and receivables from loans made by Tether to third parties, which may include affiliated entities”? It sounds like they are admitting to the fact they‘ve been loaning US dollars to related parties for some time. I think there‘s a good chance that one of those related parties is Bitfinex.

I‘ll be honest with you, I‘m not a fan of USDT. There have too many red flags and questions gone unanswered. Tether sacked their auditor back in early 2018, citing ”excruciatingly detailed procedures” as the reason for the decision. Bitfinexéd published a superb analysis of the decision.


tether USDT audit bitfinex


What did Tether say about the recent update to their terms?

In a statement to The Block:

”Our most recent revisions were intended to update our disclosures to reflect Tether’s growth and operations and to be consistent with the types of disclosures used by other institutions… The only change is that the composition of the assets that provide that backing includes a combination of cash, cash equivalents, and may also include other assets or receivables from loans issued by Tether.” -Tether (abridged)

Having confidence in an asset-backed token requires:

1. The issuer holds the amount of assets they say they do

2. The assets are in the form they say they are


tether USDT terms of service tos tweet


Loans to affiliated parties, or any party, will be far less secure than having the cash in the bank. Tether should not be making money on the side with dodgy loans to their friends or other investments. It is to provide a secure stable coin, and that should be the only thing they focus their activities on.

Tether should restore faith in USDT by stating what those loans and investments are. An audit is urgently needed too. There are so many new stablecoins on the market now that provide far greater transparency and assurances than Tether does.

Your move, Tether.

Ross Carter-Brown


Want to know more? Read more about The Future Of Stable Coins


About the author:

CEO of BitPrime. A devotee of blockchain, crypto, entrepreneurship, life, and literature. A proud father, perennial student, and dreamer. “Question everything”.


Disclaimer:  The above references an opinion and is for informational purposes only. BitPrime does not provide financial or investment advice. The opinions expressed by the author do not represent the opinion of BitPrime.


Last updated: 16/03/2019

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