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Analysts urge calm as Tether depegs from USD, Bitcoin loses $17K … – Cointelegraph

Tether follows Tron’s USDD stablecoin in coming unstuck amid suspicions of shorting involving FTX and Alameda Research.
Bitcoin (BTC) and crypto markets saw fresh volatility on Nov. 10 after stablecoin Tether (USDT) unpegged from the United States dollar.
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed USDT hitting lows of $0.971 on Bitstamp on the day amid fears that the largest stablecoin by market capitalization may fall further.
Those fears were stoked by evidence of embattled exchange FTX and sister company Alameda Research attempting to short USDT.
Currently in the throws of a crisis reminiscent of the Terra debacle, both firms have fallen foul of the cryptocurrency community and beyond as regulators step up scrutiny of the industry.
The impact has been felt across crypto prices, with BTC/USD reaching more than two-year lows of $15,638 on Bitstamp.
Commenting on USDT moves on the day, chief technology officer Paolo Ardoino urged calm.
“Tether processed ~700M redemptions in last 24h. No issues. We keep going,” he confirmed in a tweet.
That message echoed Tether’s official stance already published the day prior. In a blog post, the USDT issuer stated that it did not have direct exposure to FTX or Alameda.
“Tether is completely unexposed to Alameda Research or FTX,” it read.
Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading firm Eight, was another among many voices calling on market participants not to overreact to the ongoing volatility.
Related: Tron’s stablecoin USDD loses dollar peg on suspected sell-off by Alameda Research
“Panic across the markets as USDT depegs a bit from USD. That always happens during these times. No need to overstress and is most likely jumping back towards 1:1,” he argued.
During Terra’s LUNA aftermath, USDT briefly wicked lower than $0.96, soon recovering its USD peg.
“The exchange rate is IRRELEVANT so long Tether is able to redeem every 1 USDT for 1 USD,” part of a tweet from popular analyst Duo Nine continued.
Meanwhie, in a curious development, decentralized cryptocurrency reserve Tron DAO Reserve announced that it would purchase 300 million USDT on the open market.
The aim, it said in a tweet, was to “safeguard the overall blockchain industry and crypto market,” without giving further details.
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