Bitcoin Surges Over 10% Amid Massive Tether (USDT) Selloff

Bitcoin (BTC) has surged over 10% in the past 24 hours, briefly surpassing the $7,000 mark according to data from CryptoCompare. The BTC price is also fluctuating rapidly as it’s trading at $6,698 at press time.

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Market analysts believe the massive Tether (USDT) selloff has sparked a "run on the bank" - and this might be the reason why the BTC price has surged so rapidly as the market’s nervousness about Tether has sparked a panic, with traders buying BTC, altcoins and other stablecoin alternatives for USDT.

As the bitcoin price surged, as usual - altcoins maintained their close price correlation with BTC, likely due to arbritrage bots - with Ethereum (ETH) up nearly 10% in the last 24 hours and currently trading at $219.00. The XRP token has also surged by approximately 10% and is trading at $0.4630.

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Although it is unclear at press time what exactly caused the spike in prices, there are “scam rumors” spreading in the markets and many are now thinking, or fearing, that USDT pairs might get delisted from large cryptocurrency exchanges such as Binance.  

Many cryptocurrency traders might now want to get out of USDT into BTC and other crypto assets - which could be why almost all USDT pairs have been pumping across all the exchanges. It also seems like this price pump might be short-lived.

Notably, digital asset trading platform KuCoin had suspended Tether withdrawals and deposits on October 14th, but reopened them a few hours later. Redditors are now speculating whether this development was a cause of some the recent market action.

Regulated Stablecoin Alternatives

As most crypto industry participants are now aware, the market has been flooded with a raft of stablecoins. This many believe could begin to put an end to Tether’s dominance of the markets as it has so far been the most popular stablecoin among traders.

With the introduction of the Paxos Standard (PAX) - up 10% this morning - and the Gemini dollar (GUSD), crypto traders and investors now have more options as far as stablecoins are concerned. Both PAX and GUSD  are also approved and regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) - whereas Tether is not.

The emergence and use of more stablecoins, apart from USDT, may also potentially be causing the wild crypto price fluctuations.

Unknown Fund Investing $75 Million in Bitcoin for the Development of Anonymity

  • Unknown Fund has pledged to donate and invest $75 million in bitcoin to promote the development of anonymity.
  • The fund will prioritize projects that protect personal data, including crypto and blockchain. 

An anonymous organization by the name of the Unknown Fund has pledged to donate and invest $75 million in bitcoin for the further development of privacy-focused projects. 

According to the press release published Nov. 13, Unknown Fund has announced an intention to invest and donate $75 million in BTC to “startups which directly or indirectly support the idea of anonymity.” The release claims the fund will give preference to projects focused on the protection of personal data, tools for anonymity, cryptocurrency and blockchain. 

An anonymous spokesperson for the fund said, 

We are you, we are your sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues. Our ranks consist of representatives of many countries and nationalities, united by a virtual comradely spirit and the belief that we are fighting for the good of many, and not for the benefit of some. Anonymous is the voice of those who believe in truth, freedom and the right to self-expression.

The release claims the fund is comprised of “ordinary, anonymous people” from different countries who first met through collaborating on the forum 4chan. The group calls the protection of personal data “one of the main challenges for modern man” and claims that data collection has already been used as a powerful tool for manipulation. 

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