NYAG Settles with Tether

Happy Tuesday, Blockfolians

The Lede

Well, here’s a beautiful resolution. Tether, as we’re sure you know, has been under investigation by the New York Attorney General surrounding dubious banking practices and a questionable $850m loan between Bitfinex and Tether.

This created some (very reasonable) skepticism around Tether for many. Unfortunately, this healthy skepticism turned into unhealthy, unhelpful conspiracy theories regarding bitcoin price being just one big manipulation by tethers being printed out of thin air. This FUD has been one of the big blockers for certain institutions during this cycle.

Today, the case was announced as settled and we couldn’t agree more with the interpretation here:

This has been an albatross around the industry’s neck. Perhaps now we can move on to more important things.

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Community Commentary

More on how Tether settlement de-risks Bitcoin for institutions
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That’s the amount Square spent to buy more bitcoin last quarter - bringing their total ownership of BTC to about 5% of their assets

Final Thought

He said it, not us!