March 27, 2024
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JP Morgan Cautions on Tether and Crypto Risks

JP Morgan, the global investment bank issued a report on Thursday expressing concerns about the rapid growth of Tether’s USDT stablecoin, highlighting it as a potential risk for the overall cryptocurrency market. With a market capitalization exceeding $96 billion, USDT stands as the world’s largest stablecoin. JP Morgan’s analysts pointed out that Tether’s “lack of regulatory compliance and transparency” poses an increasing threat to the broader crypto market. Comparing Tether unfavorably to its competitor Circle and its USDC stablecoin in terms of regulatory compliance, the analysts noted, “Stablecoin issuers adhering more closely to existing regulations are likely to thrive amid the impending regulatory crackdown on stablecoins and capture market share.”

In response to JP Morgan’s criticism and the perceived risks associated with USDT, Tether’s CEO, Paolo Ardoino, commented, “Tethers market domination may be ‘negative’ for competitors, including those in the banking industry vision for similar success but it’s never been a negative for the markets that need us the most.” Ardoino emphasized Tether’s ongoing collaboration with global regulators, stating, “We have always worked closely with global regulators to educate them on the technology and provide guidance on how they must think about it.”

Notably, Tether faced a $41 million fine from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in 2021 for providing misleading information about its reserves, specifically claiming full backing of USDT with U.S. dollars. Since the fine, the cryptocurrency firm has made efforts to enhance transparency by issuing quarterly attestations regarding its operations and financial status. Tether reported a profit of $6.2 million for the year 2023.

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