What is Tether?
Tether (USDT) is a stable cryptocurrency, or stablecoin, that imitates the value of the U.S. dollar. Anyone can use USDT to make payments worldwide or store funds in cryptocurrencies.
History of Tether
Software developer J.R. Willet first defined the concept of stablecoins in a white paper published in 2012.
Later, the renowned entrepreneur and former Hollywood actor Brock Pierce along with entrepreneur Reeve Collins, and software developer Steve Collins announced the development of USDT.
USDT was originally built on top of the Bitcoin blockchain. It officially launched in 2014 and was initially named Realcoin. Later, the founders renamed the stablecoin to USTether and finally settled with the name Tether (USDT).
Tether claims that USDT is able to maintain a stable price equal to the U.S. dollar because a USD reserve backs USDT in a 1:1 ratio. This claim has always been considered controversial as many believe Tether’s reserve is much smaller than the total USDT in circulation.
What is USDT used for?
The high price volatility of cryptocurrencies has been a major concern for most crypto users. Many cryptocurrencies sometimes rise or fall in value by more than 10% in a matter of hours.
Tether (USDT) provides the crypto community with a safer alternative for holding their funds and making crypto trades. At one point in 2018, USDT accounted for almost 80% of the total Bitcoin trading volume.
USDT gained rapid adoption in 2017 and has since become the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. It is a preferred means for cryptocurrency traders to hold their funds in their trading account without the fear of price volatility. Most popular exchanges also list a majority of the cryptocurrencies against USDT. This allows traders to easily trade most cryptocurrencies with their USDT funds.
Tether is also gaining popularity as a means of international payments due to its speed of settlement and low transaction costs.
How does Tether work?
Tether (USDT) does not have a blockchain network of its own like BTC has the Bitcoin blockchain or ETH has Ethereum. Instead, USDT is a second-layer cryptocurrency that was built on top of the Bitcoin blockchain but now also functions on the Ethereum, Algorand, EOS, Tron, and OMG blockchains.
Unlike BTC or ETH, the supply of USDT is not hardcoded and scheduled into the coin’s infrastructure. The centralized firm operating Tether can issue more tokens to meet users’ demands as long as they can back every new coin’s price with their cash reserve.
Tether’s popularity is a testament to the value it adds to the cryptocurrency community. Here are some of its biggest advantages:
Because USDT is stable, I use it as a trading pair at times of uncertainity.... I can send USDT to mostly any exchange in the world to buy different coins and not worry about the value fluctuating.Samuel Y
How can Canadians get Tether (USDT)?
Most of the major cryptocurrency exchanges list Tether (USDT) on their platform. You can set up an account on any of those exchange platforms and buy USDT.
If you reside in Canada, you can buy USDT in exchange for the Canadian dollar (CAD). NDAX is one of the most trusted Canadian cryptocurrency exchanges that facilitate the buying and selling of USDT against CAD and USDT against BTC.
To buy USDT using the Canadian dollar, create an account on NDAX now.
How do I buy Tether in Canada (USDT to CAD and USDT to BTC)?
Buying Tether (USDT) in Canada can be done through a cryptocurrency exchange such as NDAX, or a peer-to-peer trade. However, using platforms such as NDAX will allow for affordable, safe, and fast transactions.
|0.1 USDT||0.12 CAD|
|1 USDT||1.28 CAD|
|5 USDT||6.4 CAD|
|10 USDT||12.8 CAD|
|25 USDT||32 CAD|
|50 USDT||64 CAD|
|100 USDT||128 CAD|
|250 USDT||320 CAD|
|500 USDT||640 CAD|
|1000 USDT||1280 CAD|
|1 CAD||0.78 USDT|
|10 CAD||7.81 USDT|
|20 CAD||15.62 USDT|
|50 CAD||39.06 USDT|
|100 CAD||78.12 USDT|
|500 CAD||390.62 USDT|
|1000 CAD||781.25 USDT|
|5000 CAD||3906.25 USDT|
|10000 CAD||7812.5 USDT|
|50000 CAD||39062.5 USDT|
How do I store Tether?
It is highly recommended that you always store Tether (USDT) in a cryptocurrency hardware wallet. However, at NDAX we have all the security measures in place to allow you to safely store your cryptocurrency on our platform. See NDAX Security. For cold wallets, check out Ledger or Trezor for your hardware wallet needs.