Bitfinex announces Tether neutrality!  Bitfinex, today, through its Press Release, announced that its USDT (Tether) will be able to be traded directly with fiat with the addition of USDT/USD and EURT/EUR Tether trading pairs.  This continues the trend that we here at CryptoTraders Pro are seeing – that 2018 is the year of the Stablecoins.   This action by Bitfinex should bring some solace to the market – strengthening stablecoins is a good first step towards adoption.

Below is Bitfinex’s press release released today, 11/27/2018:

Continuing our heritage of providing a neutral, coin-agnostic platform, from today Bitfinex users will be able to trade Tether-fiat directly on our platform through the addition of USDT/USD and EURT/EUR Tether trading pairs. This replaces the previous 1:1 conversion on deposits and withdrawals provided by Bitfinex, and reflects the increasing range of choice in the stablecoin market and demands from our consumers.

Tether was created October 6th 2014 in response to a clear market need to allow movements of funds quickly between different exchanges, whilst benefiting from the stability of the US Dollar. It remained the sole stablecoin in the market until March 2018, with a handful of alternatives launching this year.

Historically by providing the guarantee of the Tether / US Dollar 1:1 peg, Bitfinex has protected customers, ensuring they can redeem at any time. Having increased visibility of Tether through some shared executive team members gave Bitfinex the confidence to commit to this approach.

Now in reflection of the evolved stablecoin market, and in keeping with our ethos that an exchange should be a neutral actor, wallets on Bitfinex will support Tether balance USDT and EURT in addition to the existing USD and EUR fiat balances. Users may then use this new pair to convert fiat to Tether and vice versa as desired. This effectively means that Bitfinex users can deposit, trade and withdraw USD and EUR in both fiat and Tether denominations.

At Bitfinex we are proud to consistently be first in market in supporting forks and access to all major currencies. We were the first to introduce alternative stablecoins onto our platform, including Dai (an Ethereum collateralised stablecoin), and we will introduce new stablecoin pairings as and when demand is high enough to list them on our exchange.

All existing USD balances on Bitfinex will remain fiat and unaffected by this change. Any Tether deposits initiated before 14:30:00 UTC on the 27th of November will be credited to the user’s fiat wallet balances, whereas Tether deposits initiated after this cutoff time will be credited as Tether (USDT). As always, our dedicated support team will be available 24/7 for any queries around this change.

This update is launched in conjunction with increased flexibility in the redemption of Tether with a major update to the platform. Customers are now able to redeem their USDTs to USD directly through the newly-updated platform. The Tether website now supports full account verification whilst allowing for direct Tether-to-fiat conversions at a fixed 1:1 rate. See the full Tether announcement here to find out more.

As a team, we will continue to work hard to provide the best solutions for our customers, with the technology, expertise, and drive to adapt and evolve as quickly as the crypto market moves.

The Bitfinex Team
You can read the press release here.

USDT has, in the past, confirmed dollar reserves through a Law Firm report, but the details have been murky, at best.  It wasn’t that long ago when Tether became unpegged to the US dollar briefly back in mid-October of this year.  Hopefully, this helps to clear the USDT and Bitfinex FUD that continues to swirl through the cryptocurrency market and we can focus on the big picture – mass adoption of cryptocurrency.

We’ve been talking a lot about stablecoins in the Pro Group (You can sign up here).  We’re anxiously waiting to see what happens in the market.  What are you doing to prepare for 2019?  Let us know on our Facebook page and consider joining our pro group!