US Dollar vs USDT

In the world of cryptocurrency, there are some interesting projects to take note of. Pegged cryptocurrencies are quite appealing to a lot of people. One of the more notorious pegged altcoins goes by the name of USDT. Although this currency is pegged to the US Dollar, its value is not necessarily the same. Moreover, there are some other differences between both currencies people need to take into account.

2. US Dollar

Most cryptocurrency enthusiasts will agree money issued by a bank or government has no intrinsic value whatsoever. Even though consumers feel that US Dollars have actual worth, the currency itself is backed by nothing tangible. There is nothing giving paper money and coins any value other than the promise of the bank and government to honor the depicted value.

That being said, the US Dollar is still seen as the leading currency in the world. Every asset , currency, and cryptocurrency are often denominated in USD value. Bitcoin, for example, is priced in US Dollars first and foremost, before people look at the value in their local currency. That situation will not change anytime soon, nor should it, although the value of one Bitcoin will always be one Bitcoin, regardless of its USD price.

It is important to note the value of the US Dollar is backed by the government of the United States. Whether or not one should ever put any faith in this promise, remains to be seen. However, some cryptocurrencies take it upon themselves to peg their value to the US Dollar, as it makes transacting in cryptocurrency slightly easier for novice users. This is why there are such currencies as USDT.


As mentioned before, USDT is a pegged cryptocurrency. Its value is pegged directly to that of the US Dollar. Tether, the company responsible for issuing USDT in circulation, keeps the US Dollar equivalent of all USDT value in reserves at all times. Otherwise, they could never guarantee the value of one USDT being equal to US$1.  Even though this concept makes a lot of sense on paper, things have not been all that easy for Tether and USDT so far.

More specifically, Tether has run into some banking issues a while ago. The company uses a Taiwanese bank to receive and send out USD withdrawals. Unfortunately, that bank raised some issues, resulting in the company being unable to convert USD to USDT and vice versa. This forced users to rely on third-party exchanges to complete this conversion process. At one point there was a 7% fee to do so, resulting in one USDT being worth only US$0.93

However, it appears things have turned in favor of USDT once again. The price per USDT on Kraken is US$1.03 right now. That means users get slightly more USDT for their USD deposits, rendering the “pegging of value” somewhat useless. The people who bought up cheap Tether at US$0. 93 are making good money from exchanging them back into USD at the current rate.

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  • Artois

    another scam coin by a scam company who couldn’t pay back it’s users with real money, so they created USDT to pay back their users with monopoly money at a discount. Very clever.
    This is from the hack they were solely responsible for, which they still don’t know exactly all the details of the hack. Be careful.

    • yes, however, it is monopoly money you can very easily trade for real money.

  • Abcedarian

    I can’t believe I just read that whole article.

    • Zack Covell


  • dumbfunded

    SOO this is a currency based on the us dollar which is worth nothing ? How stupid are people anyway. Common sense is no longer a commodity.

  • AC

    Why not just buy real US dollars? Much less hassle.

    • Because you can’t store a million US dollars on a flashdrive. You can’t secure it in ways you can secure paper cash.

      USDT is for people that want a cryptocurrency that doesn’t constantly change in price. While I agree USDT isn’t a very good implementation of that concept, the idea is valid.

  • Darren Pang

    USD are difficult to move among certain exchanges. For example, Poloniex doesn’t accept any fiat deposits at all. To get around bank wires and deposits entirely, you can use USDT in lieu of fiat to ease transactional difficulty in the cryptocurrency world. It’s just because tether ran into banking issues, otherwise before that occurred, they were pretty much trading for 1 USD per USDT.

  • Darren Pang

    They weren’t shortchanging their users either. Taiwanese banks couldn’t accept overseas bank wires, but they maintained their reserves and folks with Taiwanese bank accounts continued to be able to withdraw USD for USDT.