Anyone interested in great business journalism, or short-selling in general, must read Andrew Rice’s profile of short seller Nathan Anderson, the founder of Hindenburg research. But here at Modern Consensus, we read it and thought of its relevance to one reader in particular. Press play to hear a narrated version of this story, presented by AudioHopper. Last week I wrote about how CoinDesk has been on a jihad to shed some transparency on exactly how the stablecoin Tether funds its gigantic reserves. The company claims that those reserves are backed dollar for dollar with actual, real-world dollar and dollar equivalent investing instruments. But Tether, the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency, has a…
CoinDesk on the Verge of Victory in Fight to FOIL Tether Records
Stablecoin has resisted sharing details of its reserves with publication it deems ‘unprofessional’
One of the biggest mysteries in crypto revolves around token issuer Tether. Crypto enthusiasts—and crypto journalists— have long tried to figure out exactly what hard assets comprise the massive reserves that tether, as a “stablecoin,” is required to keep its dollar for dollar ratio in backing bitcoin with American dollars. The question is not academic. Tether has more than $78 billion worth of tokens in circulation and is by far the largest stablecoin issuer, accounting for about half of all transactions against bitcoin on centralized exchanges. Press play to hear a narrated version of this story, presented by AudioHopper. If the market began to question the stability of those dollar…
Tether launches on proof-of-stake blockchain Solana
The world’s top stablecoin can now handle up to 50,000 transactions per second with a fee of about $0.00001 per transaction
“Tether and USDt are critical pieces of infrastructure for any successful blockchain project and have been one of the most important elements for cross-platform settlement. This strategic initiative is a significant step for Solana and will be instrumental in advancing the network," said Solana head of marketing Austin Virts.
Aiming at PayPal, Bitfinex launches crypto payments platform
Saying that it intends to take on payments “behemoths” the new Bitfinex Pay app lets merchants accept payments in four cryptocurrencies
No one ever accused Bitfinex of having small ambitions. Just days after it settled a years-long fraud lawsuit with New York’s attorney general over a loan it got from sister company and stablecoin issuer Tether, Bitfinex has launched a crypto-powered online-payments platform to take on payments giants like PayPal.