Justin Sun
Tron Founder Justin Sun (Source: CNBC)

Justin Sun’s Tron DAO Reserve To Buy $1 Billion Tether (USDT)


  • Tron DAO Reserve tweeted plans to scoop up $1 billion USDT, crypto’s largest stablecoin token issued by Tether.
  • The Justin Sun-backed decentralized autonomous organization upped its USDT deployment from $300 million supposedly “To safeguard the overall blockchain industry and crypto market”.
  • Sun announced the massive buy after Tether’s token depegged following short positions opened by Alameda Research amid uncertainty surrounding FTX.

Tron DAO Reserve plans to bolster its holdings with $1 billion USDT, Tether’s stablecoin token with a $68 billion market cap at press time. The decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) which manages USDD’s reserves increased its USDT pledge by $700 million.

Per tweets posted by the Justin Sun-backed DAO, topping up its algorithmic stablecoin reserves helps “to safeguard the overall blockchain industry and crypto market”.

Prior to the Tether scoop, USDD was backed by over $200 million held in Bitcoin (BTC), $492 million in Circle’s USD Coin (USDC), and some 10 billion Tron (TRX) tokens. These numbers were pulled from Tron DAO’s USDD total collateral summary here.

Tron DAO stressed that the massive USDT buy will be held on centralized exchanges. The decision comes at a time when industry faith in so-called centralized crypto entities is low following the failures of Celsius, Three Arrows Capital, Hodlnaut, and possibly FTX to name a few.

USDT issuer Tether disclosed that the firm processed approximately $700 million redemptions. This means users exchanged their digital tokens for USD or other supported fiat currencies amid market uncertainty.

The massive withdrawals as SBF’s FTX crypto exchange stared down the insolvency barrel also supposedly caused Tether to depeg slightly from the U.S. dollar Around the time of the depeg, the crypto community discovered that Sam Bankman-Fried’s Alameda Research opened USDT short positions.

Justin Sun Suggests FTX Bailout Plan

Alameda’s short trade seemingly enraged the crypto community. Users haven’t heard from SBF or Alameda since Binance exited the deal to buy FTX. Zhao’s platform opted against bailing out FTX after reviewing the company’s balance sheet.

Reports after claimed that FTX owed over $8 billion and misused customer funds. The news preceded a bloodbath in crypto asset prices as fear of FTX contagion spread through the market.

Justin Sun tweeted that plans for a solution to the FTX saga were in the works. Some users were skeptical and surmised that Sun was simply throwing weight behind a marketing stunt.