In the past few weeks, the market cap of Tether (USDT) has continued to increase.
As a result, XRP was at risk of losing the number 3 spot to USDT on Coinmarketcap.
The current crypto market dip has now handed the number 3 spot to Tether (USDT).
The sell-off in the crypto markets has continued to gather steam since news broke of the movement of Bitcoin that was mined in 2009. Some have argued that the dip had more to do with an overbought BTC than the fear of Satoshi Nakamoto dumping his stash of 1 Million BTC. Either way, the panic has had a ripple effect on the entire cryptocurrency spectrum. More so, to the remittance coin of XRP that has since lost the number 3 spot to Tether (USDT) on Coinmarketcap.
Firstly, the aforementioned crypto market sell-off has resulted in XRP losing the crucial support zone at $0.20 thus providing more reason for many traders to go short on XRP/USD.
Secondly, the market capitalization of Tether has continued to grow as more USDT is minted on the Tron Blockchain. In the last few weeks, the total assets belonging to the parent company of Tether has ballooned from the $5 – 6 Billion range to the current level of $9,082,767,996.
USDT issued on the TRON Blockchain the Source of XRP’s Woes
Scrolling down the Tether balance sheet, we observe that the amount of USDT issued on the Tron blockchain has continued to increase. In a previous analysis, the amount of USDT issued on TRON was around $1.6 Billion. The amount now stands at $2.1 Billion. At the time of writing this, the breakdown of the blockchains supporting Tether and the corresponding amount of USDT is as follows.