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I need help i need to cashout this wallet with 617 USDT ,how do i do it ,i went to swap to btc but says this ?.Can anyone help please

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Frozen assets? Help? I attempted to transfer my USDT and they told me I needed to give them 5000 usdt for “advanced certification” to complete transfer.

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Are decentralized name services actually worth it?

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Waves DEX users panic as USDT and USDC disappear

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Would you accept USDC as a means of payment to perform services?

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Might sound dumb but I need help paying someone with crypto

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I need information on so called "Decentralized" blockchains freezing crypto assets, history of freezing assets and records as for proof of it etc

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$729.86M of crypto assets were liquidated in the previous 24 hours! In which $608.04M were shorts and $121.82M were longs.

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Grid bot "Expiration Reason: Insufficient margin account balance" WTF?

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Lost $250,000 yesterday

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The CEO of Waves Protocol just admitted that he stole users' funds. Price of the token skyrockets.

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BTC breaks through $21k for the first time since FTX imploded. The total liquidations comes in at $467.05 million for the day with over 90% of them being shorts!

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[SERIOUS] I have been kicked out of Kraken

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USDC transfer volume hit 5X USDT’s

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Tether: should it die, or should it live?

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Crypto.com delists USDT due to regulatory prohibition.

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Indian Exchange WazirX had $285 million of total user assets, displayed in the form of stablecoin USDT. [NYKNYB]

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USDC transfer volume hit 5X USDT's in fallout from FTX collapse

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Issues with BitGo multisignature wallets ?

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Crypto.com app delisting USDT January 31st

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Crypto.com is delisting USDT on January 1st.

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TIL that USDT has a built in functionality that could implement a fee for every USDT transaction at any time.

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Crypto.com is delisting USDT. What do they know? What’s happening?

Confirm that you held a stablecoin for at least one month in 2022 and claim up to 5 % rewards from USDT, USDC, and DAI. As law requires stablecoins generated profits to be returned to holders. - CoinMarketcap

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Confirm that you held a stablecoin for at least one month in 2022 and claim up to 5 % rewards from USDT, USDC, and DAI. As law requires stablecoins generated profits to be returned to holders. - CoinMarketcap

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Huobi rumors are true.

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Friend sent USDT to Solana Address

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I found this in my spam folder. I logged in to find over $1k USDT in the account. If these guys are using my email/identity as part of some scam, what risks do I face for transfering the funds to my personal wallet?

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Binance account closed with no clear explanation

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Recomienda a amigos. Ambos obtendréis 100 USDT.

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Is this the end of Huobi?

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MEXC website was down today. Beware, any chaos in the crypto markets could again crash MEXC site leading the frozen funds

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Digital asset platform not letting me withdraw

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Crypto payments see strong growth in 2022 despite the bear market! 🐻

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Let’s talk about Stablecoins!

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What is the minimum value amount of BTC that can be sent/received on a bc1 address for an Omni USDT transaction?

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Welp it happend to me too. Got scammed and lost al my savings 8.5k USDT gone

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LPT - In Crypto we pay extra for convenience when using swaps to trade coins. You might get a better bang for your buck by putting in some extra work to transfer to an exchange, trade there, then withdraw.

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Here it is. The final report on the FOLIO OF HATE. This is the subs most despised coins combined into a single awful folio, and how it performed in 2022. How much did you want it to fail? Does it still make you angry?

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Here it is. The final report on the FOLIO OF HATE. This is the subs most despised coins combined into a single awful folio, and how it performed in 2022. How much did you want it to fail? Does it still make you angry?

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You want them to look into: 0x8992da1A741395aABDC225fC13337b96270b34C6 That is the address they used to move your ETH through MEXC and exchange into USDT. You should also contact all the main exchanges like Binance, Coinbase, etc and have them mark those funds as stolen - so if he ever tries to offload, they'll seize the assets. And sure please feel free to message me. I can see the funds moved from Gemini to this wallet: 0x44F5C7222914DB1353b5060E13CC043200e82B16 Then this wallet: 0xe32e240c8A3cE00F1c21dFabf8C730507Dc8c78b Finally this wallet: 0x8992da1A741395aABDC225fC13337b96270b34C6

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#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by I-play-too-much-PUBG which won 3rd place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > USDC is the best stablecoin and here is why. > > > > > > > 1. USDC is transparent. Nothing is hidden in USDC due to its publicly verifiable attestations. This means it is much harder for criminal activity such as money laundering to occur. > > > > > 2. USDC is safe. USDC is backed by (debatably) the strongest economy in the world unlike some other stablecoins such as BUSD or DAI. USDC is only truly comparable to other US dollar backed coins such as USDT. > > > > > With that argument someone might say that USDT is also backed by the US dollar. With that, I follow with another argument. > > > > > 3. Due to the transparency and security of USDC, there is little to no “fairy money” or creation of cryptocurrency without being backed by anything. This is the strongest reason why USDC is superior to USDT. > > > > > > > 4. Although USDC is backed by the US dollar (centralized) it actually supports defi. USDC is an ERC-20 based token therefore it can be used by any dApp built on the ethereum network. > > > > > > In conclusion, USDT is currently used more and has a higher market cap than USDC, but USDC has stronger infrastructure and is more likely to be used largely in the future due to it being in support of defi. ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/ru2mln/top_10_usd_coin_proarguments_january_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_USD_Coin) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds.

OP, the scammer deposited your funds to MEXC exchange 5 hour ago and swapped them for USDT: https://i.imgur.com/a838fV6.png The address they used: 0x2942a82701ea153d43837ab586d8e7eaa2a23cb53e4ae3c4df4b5a6eacf8743c It's worth contacting MEXC.

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This would be good news for users. Though let's hope it doesn't cause the downfall of USDT.

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#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2jo1/comment/hewg10a/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: 31.03.2021 > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. ^(\[1\], \[2\], \[3\]) > > # Pros > > **It’s backed mostly by cash and cash equivalents** > > It must be admitted that Tether has improved its reserves a lot since their first report and their latest breakdown looks much better as USDT is now backed by cash and cash equivalents in around 85%, but USDC is still ahead as its **reserves are backed by cash and cash equivalents in 92%**. There are also many more questions in regards to the credibility of Tether’s reports. ^(\[4\], \[5\]) And USDC may soon leave Tether far behind as Circle, the company that issues and backs USDC, stated that it wants the reserves to consist only of cash, cash equivalents and U.S. Treasury bonds in the near future. ^(\[6\]) > > What the stablecoin reserves consist of is extremely important for liquidity. If a lot of people decided to cash out at the same time and there was no liquidity it could end in a disaster for the whole market. > > ​ > > **It’s partnered with Coinbase, Visa and others** > > Circle has partnered with Coinbase and together they founded a consortium named Centre that governs USDC. Circle has also partnered with banking institutions, including Signature Bank and Visa. The companies that invested in Circle include **Goldman Sachs**, Digital Currency Group (**Grayscale** Investments), **Fidelity** and **FTX**. > > It is also worth mentioning that Circle wants to follow in the footsteps of their partners (Coinbase) and also become a publicly traded company, which would add even more credibility to USDC. ^(\[7\]) > > ​ > > **It’s transparent** > > USDC is transparent in terms of its financial operations. It follows the US laws closely. It is also **audited by Grant Thornton, LLP every month** and monthly reports can be found on the [Centre Consortium’s website](https://www.centre.io/usdc-transparency). The reports, of course, include information on USDC reserves. > > ​ > > **It’s growing rapidly** > > At the beginning of the year, USDT had a 5 times bigger market cap than USDC ($20B vs. $4B). In March2021, this difference is much smaller and USDC has almsot 2/3 of the USDT's amrket cap. One can argue that this difference is still significant but be aware that **between April 2021 and April 2022 market cap of USDC grew by 400% while Tether’s market cap grew by 100%.** > > Also, while USDT’s daily volume decreased, USDC’s volume is on a rise. > > ​ > > **Coinsmart replaces Tether with USDC** > > On September 15, 2021, Coinsmart, Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, delisted USDT and adopted USDC instead ^(\[8\]). As regulators take a closer look at stablecoins, this trend might continue and **more entities might drop Tether in favor of a more transparent stablecoins.** > > ​ > > **USDC is centralized. But is it so bad in the case of a stablecoin?** > > Those who criticize USDC and other centralized stablecoins often give the example of DAI which in their opinion is decentralized. There is no question about USDC being dependent on Centre, but it must be said that DAI, on the other hand, is heavily dependent on USDC - more than half of DAI is generated by USDC collateral and collateralizetion against Centre’s stablecoin is more than 25%. ^(\[10\]) > > Decentralization is essential for cryptocurrency. But so is replacing fiat. So, is decentralization that important in the case of a stablecoin anyway? > > \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en)](https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\\assuranceconsolidated\_reserves\_report\_2021-06-30.pdf)](https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\assuranceconsolidated_reserves_report_2021-06-30.pdf) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html)](https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html) > > ^(\[7\]) [^(https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/)](https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://nitter.net/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309)](https://twitter.com/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/)](https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/) > > ^(\[10\]) [^(https://daistats.com/#/)](https://daistats.com/#/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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Wow, very interesting. It'll start with 20 stablecoins. I wonder what it'll give USDT...

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#Tether Con-Arguments Below is an argument written by Far-Scholar9028 which won 3rd place in the Tether Con-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > **Tether Cons** > > **Dodgy Reserves** > > Initially, Tether asserted that each USDT was backed by a dollar in its reserves. But the truth is more nuanced, Tether is supported by a variety of: > > * Other Investments (Including Digital Tokens): 8.36% > > * Secured Loans(None To Affiliated Entities): 6.77% > > * Corporate Bonds, Funds & Precious Metals: 5.25% > > * Cash & Cash Equivalents & Other Short-Term Deposits & Commercial Paper: 79.62% > > Of the 79% cash and cash equivalents, only 10.25% is held in cash. Also to be emphasized is the lack of an independent audit of the specific breakdown of Tether's reserves. > > **Regulatory Issues** > > The Paradise Papers dump in 2017 revealed that Bitfinex and Tether are both controlled by the same individuals. The Bitfinex trading platform's owners, who also manage the tether virtual currency, have participated in a cover-up to conceal the apparent loss of $850 million dollars, according to the investigation conducted by the New York state Attorney General. Later, Tether's attorney acknowledged that only 74% of the Tether is backed. Tether is forbidden from conducting business in New York under the terms of the settlement agreement. Despite paying a $18 million punishment, Bitfinex and Tether did not confess any wrongdoing. > > **Competitors** > > * USDC: Circle and Coinbase launched USDC in 2018, and it is tied 1:1 to the US dollar. Issuers are also required to back all tokens with fiat reserves and provide monthly proof of reserves in order to guarantee that USDC maintains a continual one-to-one backing. > > * BUSD: BUSD is a stablecoin backed by USD that is 1:1 secure, compliant, and supported by Binance. It was created by Paxos and has NYDFS approval. To preserve the stability and security of the stablecoin, Paxos hires an auditing company to examine its BUSD and US Dollar supply each month. ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/vpuif9/top_coins_tether_conarguments_july_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_Tether) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds. Since this is a con-argument, what could be a better time to promote the Skeptics Discussion thread? You can find the latest thread [here](/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/10ldwad/daily_general_discussion_january_26_2023_gmt0/).

#Tether Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 2nd place in the Tether Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > *First published on: \[*[30.09.2021](https://np.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og1s24/rcryptocurrency_cointest_top_10_category_tether/hewpzqt/)*\]* > > *Last edited on: 19.09.2022* > > # Intro > > Tether (USDT) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDT is currently the largest stablecoin. \[1\], \[2\], \[3\] > > # Pros > > **It’s the most popular and oldest stablecoin** > > Tether was launched in 2014 as Realcoin and renamed to Tether the same year \[1\]. It’s the first successful stablecoin. For many years, it had completely dominated the stablecoins market and despite the recent growth of other stablecoins, mainly USDC, Tether is still the biggest and most popular stablecoin. As of September 2022, its market cap shrinked against USDC's market cap in recent months, but its volume still tends to be much higher (according to coinmarketcap, on 19.09.2022 it was 12x(!) higher). In fact, USDT’s trading volume is unmatched by any other cryptocurrency. \[1\] > > It is also worth pointing out that more than 80% of stablecoins launched in 2015 are now gone and USDT is still here, despite its bad press. \[4\] > > **It has most trading pairs** > > The market cap and volume speak for themselves – Tether is the most popular stablecoin. There are very few exchanges that don’t accept USDT and all major coins have trading pairs with USDT. Even Coinbase, which is responsible for Tether’s rival stablecoin – USDC, lists Tether on its exchange (since May 2021). \[5\] > > It is also backed by several international currencies and, therefore, allows people in different countries purchase coins that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to get. > > **It was declared dead many times but, just like Bitcoin, it's alive and kicking** > > There are many controversies around Tether. Perhaps the most concerning one is whether USDT has its reserves fully backed. Many critics believe that Tether isn’t fully backed and if many investors were to redeem tethers at the same time, there would be no liquidity \[6\]. Situations when people redeem tokens en masse usually should happen during market crashes. In the last 4 years we had three significant market crashes – in 2018, in March 2020 and in May 2021. USDT survived all of them. > > It has also survived losing almost 25% of its market cap in a short time - from May to July of this year. > > **The latest breakdowns of the reserves is a step in the right direction** > > Tether had been criticized for lack of transparency (and rightly so) for many years. In May 2021, for the first time since 2014, Tether finally gave us an insight into their reserves. The first report was rather disappointing as it turned out that barely 3% of the reserves are made-up by cash. Moreover, 65% of the reserves were made-up by commercial paper and there were no details about the type of the commercial paper. \[7\] > > However, the reports from August and December 2021 looked much better \[8\]: cash and cash equivalents made up more than 80% of the reserves, more than 10% of which were cash and bank deposits, +/- 30% were treasure bills (they are considered very safe assets) and they provided more details – the reports included information about the rating and breakdown of maturity of the commercial paper and certificates of deposit. The reports were on pair with those of USDC. > > **USDT is centralized. But is it so bad in the case of a stablecoin?** > > Decentralization is essential for cryptocurrency. But so is replacing fiat. So is decentralization that important in the case of a stablecoin? > > The fact that USDT is centralized also allowed it to do good things on many occasions. It returned USDT sent to wrong addresses and cooperated with law enforcement officials and blocked/froze addresses that used USDT for illegal activities. \[9\], \[10\] > > ^(Sources:) > > ^(\[01\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tether/(cryptocurrency)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tether/(cryptocurrency)) > > ^(\[02\]) [^(https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/TetherWhitePaper.pdf)](https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/TetherWhitePaper.pdf) > > ^(\[03\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[04\])[^(https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract\\\\id=3835219)](https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract\id=3835219) > > ^(\[05\]) [^(https://blog.coinbase.com/tether-usdt-is-now-available-on-coinbase-214f075deaa2)](https://blog.coinbase.com/tether-usdt-is-now-available-on-coinbase-214f075deaa2) > > ^(\[06\]) [^(https://www.theverge.com/22620464/tether-backing-cryptocurrency-stablecoin)](https://www.theverge.com/22620464/tether-backing-cryptocurrency-stablecoin) > > ^(\[07\]) [^(https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/tether-march-31-2021-reserves-breakdown.pdf)](https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/tether-march-31-2021-reserves-breakdown.pdf) > > ^(\[08\]) [^(https://tether.to/en/transparency/#reports)](https://tether.to/en/transparency/#reports) > > ^(\[09\]) [^(https://decrypt.co/41920/tether-uses-centralized-power-refund-million-usdt)](https://decrypt.co/41920/tether-uses-centralized-power-refund-million-usdt) > > ^(\[10\]) [^(https://cryptopotato.com/tether-freezes-1-7m-in-usdt-stolen-in-yearn-finance-exploit/)](https://cryptopotato.com/tether-freezes-1-7m-in-usdt-stolen-in-yearn-finance-exploit/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2jo1/comment/hewg10a/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: 31.03.2021 > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. ^(\[1\], \[2\], \[3\]) > > # Pros > > **It’s backed mostly by cash and cash equivalents** > > It must be admitted that Tether has improved its reserves a lot since their first report and their latest breakdown looks much better as USDT is now backed by cash and cash equivalents in around 85%, but USDC is still ahead as its **reserves are backed by cash and cash equivalents in 92%**. There are also many more questions in regards to the credibility of Tether’s reports. ^(\[4\], \[5\]) And USDC may soon leave Tether far behind as Circle, the company that issues and backs USDC, stated that it wants the reserves to consist only of cash, cash equivalents and U.S. Treasury bonds in the near future. ^(\[6\]) > > What the stablecoin reserves consist of is extremely important for liquidity. If a lot of people decided to cash out at the same time and there was no liquidity it could end in a disaster for the whole market. > > ​ > > **It’s partnered with Coinbase, Visa and others** > > Circle has partnered with Coinbase and together they founded a consortium named Centre that governs USDC. Circle has also partnered with banking institutions, including Signature Bank and Visa. The companies that invested in Circle include **Goldman Sachs**, Digital Currency Group (**Grayscale** Investments), **Fidelity** and **FTX**. > > It is also worth mentioning that Circle wants to follow in the footsteps of their partners (Coinbase) and also become a publicly traded company, which would add even more credibility to USDC. ^(\[7\]) > > ​ > > **It’s transparent** > > USDC is transparent in terms of its financial operations. It follows the US laws closely. It is also **audited by Grant Thornton, LLP every month** and monthly reports can be found on the [Centre Consortium’s website](https://www.centre.io/usdc-transparency). The reports, of course, include information on USDC reserves. > > ​ > > **It’s growing rapidly** > > At the beginning of the year, USDT had a 5 times bigger market cap than USDC ($20B vs. $4B). In March2021, this difference is much smaller and USDC has almsot 2/3 of the USDT's amrket cap. One can argue that this difference is still significant but be aware that **between April 2021 and April 2022 market cap of USDC grew by 400% while Tether’s market cap grew by 100%.** > > Also, while USDT’s daily volume decreased, USDC’s volume is on a rise. > > ​ > > **Coinsmart replaces Tether with USDC** > > On September 15, 2021, Coinsmart, Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, delisted USDT and adopted USDC instead ^(\[8\]). As regulators take a closer look at stablecoins, this trend might continue and **more entities might drop Tether in favor of a more transparent stablecoins.** > > ​ > > **USDC is centralized. But is it so bad in the case of a stablecoin?** > > Those who criticize USDC and other centralized stablecoins often give the example of DAI which in their opinion is decentralized. There is no question about USDC being dependent on Centre, but it must be said that DAI, on the other hand, is heavily dependent on USDC - more than half of DAI is generated by USDC collateral and collateralizetion against Centre’s stablecoin is more than 25%. ^(\[10\]) > > Decentralization is essential for cryptocurrency. But so is replacing fiat. So, is decentralization that important in the case of a stablecoin anyway? > > \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en)](https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\\assuranceconsolidated\_reserves\_report\_2021-06-30.pdf)](https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\assuranceconsolidated_reserves_report_2021-06-30.pdf) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html)](https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html) > > ^(\[7\]) [^(https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/)](https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://nitter.net/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309)](https://twitter.com/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/)](https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/) > > ^(\[10\]) [^(https://daistats.com/#/)](https://daistats.com/#/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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#CBDC Con-Arguments Below is an argument written by noxtrifle which won 1st place in the CBDC Con-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > CBDCs are not much different from cryptocurrencies, and are digital, governmentally-issued tokens that are pegged to the value of the specific currency. Think of them like USDT or USDC, but highly regulated and centralized. This is why CBDCs have several flaws, including: > > * **Possible ban of cryptocurrencies** > * As a country implements its own CBDC, it is possible that they will simultaneously ban cryptocurrencies as an alternative means of payment, meaning that residents may be locked into using the CBDC, and nothing else. > * **Lack of privacy** > * CBDCs are fully trackable (and controllable) by the country's government, which raises concerns for users' privacy and financial autonomy. If a more authoritarian government was involved, the chances exist that the government uses citizens' personal data for malicious purposes. Even the notion that their transactions are directly trackable by the government may deter many from using CBDCs at all, diminishing their practicality if not all will use it. > * The UK's [House of Lords](https://www.omfif.org/2022/01/uk-parliament-reluctant-to-embrace-retail-cbdc/) and [US Senators](https://www.cruz.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sen-cruz-introduces-legislation-prohibiting-unilateral-fed-control-of-a-us-digital-currency) Chuck Grassley, Ted Cruz, and Mike Braun also see privacy as a major concern for CBDCs, even though both countries do not have any definite, immediate plans to launch a CBDC. > * This could also give birth to a system where governments can restrict individuals' or companies' access to the monetary system for any dissent against the government, and combining CBDCs with something like China's social credit system would worsen the already-severe privacy issues in certain countries. > * **Centralisation** > * As opposed to cryptocurrencies, which in most cases are decentralized, CBDCs in their current form are fully controlled by the government or central bank. > * Without decentralization, CBDCs bring back into question many of the problems that cryptocurrencies seek to solve: including double-spending, hackers, and malicious actors. > * Data breaches are also a severe issue: unlike in the cryptocurrency space where a hacker can only gain access to one's funds, with CBDCs they can steal numerous other sensitive details including one's bank details, address, and identity as they will all likely be linked to one's CBDC account. > * **Monetary Policy Concerns** > * While CBDCs will allow governments to collect taxes and track expenditure with ease, they are also a dangerous tool in times of economic concern. > * Take the present day, for instance. Instead of raising the cash rate to decrease expenditure, governments could easily diminish citizens' accounts by a certain amount or vice versa, likely leading to rapid deflation or inflation. ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/v2jl0x/general_concepts_cbdc_conarguments_june_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_CBDC) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds. Since this is a con-argument, what could be a better time to promote the Skeptics Discussion thread? You can find the latest thread [here](/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/10ldwad/daily_general_discussion_january_26_2023_gmt0/).

Mentions:#USDT#USDC

Yeah, the fees are on the higher side, as it's mainly a broker witha 60 second price guarantee. They have an exchange as well though => Bitpanda Pro That one's still quite small at the moment though. But they're launching some more USDT pairs soon as well as BTC/ADA/ETH perpetuals and futures (Q2)

#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2jo1/comment/hewg10a/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: 31.03.2021 > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. ^(\[1\], \[2\], \[3\]) > > # Pros > > **It’s backed mostly by cash and cash equivalents** > > It must be admitted that Tether has improved its reserves a lot since their first report and their latest breakdown looks much better as USDT is now backed by cash and cash equivalents in around 85%, but USDC is still ahead as its **reserves are backed by cash and cash equivalents in 92%**. There are also many more questions in regards to the credibility of Tether’s reports. ^(\[4\], \[5\]) And USDC may soon leave Tether far behind as Circle, the company that issues and backs USDC, stated that it wants the reserves to consist only of cash, cash equivalents and U.S. Treasury bonds in the near future. ^(\[6\]) > > What the stablecoin reserves consist of is extremely important for liquidity. If a lot of people decided to cash out at the same time and there was no liquidity it could end in a disaster for the whole market. > > ​ > > **It’s partnered with Coinbase, Visa and others** > > Circle has partnered with Coinbase and together they founded a consortium named Centre that governs USDC. Circle has also partnered with banking institutions, including Signature Bank and Visa. The companies that invested in Circle include **Goldman Sachs**, Digital Currency Group (**Grayscale** Investments), **Fidelity** and **FTX**. > > It is also worth mentioning that Circle wants to follow in the footsteps of their partners (Coinbase) and also become a publicly traded company, which would add even more credibility to USDC. ^(\[7\]) > > ​ > > **It’s transparent** > > USDC is transparent in terms of its financial operations. It follows the US laws closely. It is also **audited by Grant Thornton, LLP every month** and monthly reports can be found on the [Centre Consortium’s website](https://www.centre.io/usdc-transparency). The reports, of course, include information on USDC reserves. > > ​ > > **It’s growing rapidly** > > At the beginning of the year, USDT had a 5 times bigger market cap than USDC ($20B vs. $4B). In March2021, this difference is much smaller and USDC has almsot 2/3 of the USDT's amrket cap. One can argue that this difference is still significant but be aware that **between April 2021 and April 2022 market cap of USDC grew by 400% while Tether’s market cap grew by 100%.** > > Also, while USDT’s daily volume decreased, USDC’s volume is on a rise. > > ​ > > **Coinsmart replaces Tether with USDC** > > On September 15, 2021, Coinsmart, Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, delisted USDT and adopted USDC instead ^(\[8\]). As regulators take a closer look at stablecoins, this trend might continue and **more entities might drop Tether in favor of a more transparent stablecoins.** > > ​ > > **USDC is centralized. But is it so bad in the case of a stablecoin?** > > Those who criticize USDC and other centralized stablecoins often give the example of DAI which in their opinion is decentralized. There is no question about USDC being dependent on Centre, but it must be said that DAI, on the other hand, is heavily dependent on USDC - more than half of DAI is generated by USDC collateral and collateralizetion against Centre’s stablecoin is more than 25%. ^(\[10\]) > > Decentralization is essential for cryptocurrency. But so is replacing fiat. So, is decentralization that important in the case of a stablecoin anyway? > > \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en)](https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\\assuranceconsolidated\_reserves\_report\_2021-06-30.pdf)](https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\assuranceconsolidated_reserves_report_2021-06-30.pdf) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html)](https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html) > > ^(\[7\]) [^(https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/)](https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://nitter.net/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309)](https://twitter.com/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/)](https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/) > > ^(\[10\]) [^(https://daistats.com/#/)](https://daistats.com/#/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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I’ll try to suggest something that hasn’t been mentioned yet that is relatively safe. GLP is an index of a few crypto assets on the Arbitrum or Avalanche network (I recommend Arbitrum for better liquidity and no exposure to AVAX). Basically GLP acts as the liquidity provider to traders on GMX, a decentralized perpetuals exchange. On Arbitrum, GLP consists of 35% ETH, 15% WBTC, 48% stables (USDC, USDT, etc) and a tiny bit of UNI and LINK. If you want to stay relatively safe and risk off, it allows you to gain exposure to half the price action of ETH and BTC. Additionally, holding GLP allows you to receive 70% of the fees the GMX platform generates from margin trading, swaps, liquidations, etc.

#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2jo1/comment/hewg10a/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: 31.03.2021 > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. ^(\[1\], \[2\], \[3\]) > > # Pros > > **It’s backed mostly by cash and cash equivalents** > > It must be admitted that Tether has improved its reserves a lot since their first report and their latest breakdown looks much better as USDT is now backed by cash and cash equivalents in around 85%, but USDC is still ahead as its **reserves are backed by cash and cash equivalents in 92%**. There are also many more questions in regards to the credibility of Tether’s reports. ^(\[4\], \[5\]) And USDC may soon leave Tether far behind as Circle, the company that issues and backs USDC, stated that it wants the reserves to consist only of cash, cash equivalents and U.S. Treasury bonds in the near future. ^(\[6\]) > > What the stablecoin reserves consist of is extremely important for liquidity. If a lot of people decided to cash out at the same time and there was no liquidity it could end in a disaster for the whole market. > > ​ > > **It’s partnered with Coinbase, Visa and others** > > Circle has partnered with Coinbase and together they founded a consortium named Centre that governs USDC. Circle has also partnered with banking institutions, including Signature Bank and Visa. The companies that invested in Circle include **Goldman Sachs**, Digital Currency Group (**Grayscale** Investments), **Fidelity** and **FTX**. > > It is also worth mentioning that Circle wants to follow in the footsteps of their partners (Coinbase) and also become a publicly traded company, which would add even more credibility to USDC. ^(\[7\]) > > ​ > > **It’s transparent** > > USDC is transparent in terms of its financial operations. It follows the US laws closely. It is also **audited by Grant Thornton, LLP every month** and monthly reports can be found on the [Centre Consortium’s website](https://www.centre.io/usdc-transparency). The reports, of course, include information on USDC reserves. > > ​ > > **It’s growing rapidly** > > At the beginning of the year, USDT had a 5 times bigger market cap than USDC ($20B vs. $4B). In March2021, this difference is much smaller and USDC has almsot 2/3 of the USDT's amrket cap. One can argue that this difference is still significant but be aware that **between April 2021 and April 2022 market cap of USDC grew by 400% while Tether’s market cap grew by 100%.** > > Also, while USDT’s daily volume decreased, USDC’s volume is on a rise. > > ​ > > **Coinsmart replaces Tether with USDC** > > On September 15, 2021, Coinsmart, Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, delisted USDT and adopted USDC instead ^(\[8\]). As regulators take a closer look at stablecoins, this trend might continue and **more entities might drop Tether in favor of a more transparent stablecoins.** > > ​ > > **USDC is centralized. But is it so bad in the case of a stablecoin?** > > Those who criticize USDC and other centralized stablecoins often give the example of DAI which in their opinion is decentralized. There is no question about USDC being dependent on Centre, but it must be said that DAI, on the other hand, is heavily dependent on USDC - more than half of DAI is generated by USDC collateral and collateralizetion against Centre’s stablecoin is more than 25%. ^(\[10\]) > > Decentralization is essential for cryptocurrency. But so is replacing fiat. So, is decentralization that important in the case of a stablecoin anyway? > > \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en)](https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\\assuranceconsolidated\_reserves\_report\_2021-06-30.pdf)](https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\assuranceconsolidated_reserves_report_2021-06-30.pdf) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html)](https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html) > > ^(\[7\]) [^(https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/)](https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://nitter.net/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309)](https://twitter.com/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/)](https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/) > > ^(\[10\]) [^(https://daistats.com/#/)](https://daistats.com/#/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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tldr; Miner US is a cloud mining provider that offers its services on a continuous basis for the purpose of mining cryptocurrencies that are based on USDT. They offer multi-algorithm cloud mining for a variety of cryptocurrencies by utilizing the most recent and cutting-edge technology available. Their open hash power market has been experiencing a reasonable amount of success ever since the organization was first established. *This summary is auto generated by a bot and not meant to replace reading the original article. As always, DYOR.*

Mentions:#USDT#DYOR

What about USDT, does that count?

Mentions:#USDT

You invest in USDT which is a stable $1 coin. I invest in Algo which is a $one quarter coin. We are not the same. *insert the meme format here.

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#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by I-play-too-much-PUBG which won 3rd place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > USDC is the best stablecoin and here is why. > > > > > > > 1. USDC is transparent. Nothing is hidden in USDC due to its publicly verifiable attestations. This means it is much harder for criminal activity such as money laundering to occur. > > > > > 2. USDC is safe. USDC is backed by (debatably) the strongest economy in the world unlike some other stablecoins such as BUSD or DAI. USDC is only truly comparable to other US dollar backed coins such as USDT. > > > > > With that argument someone might say that USDT is also backed by the US dollar. With that, I follow with another argument. > > > > > 3. Due to the transparency and security of USDC, there is little to no “fairy money” or creation of cryptocurrency without being backed by anything. This is the strongest reason why USDC is superior to USDT. > > > > > > > 4. Although USDC is backed by the US dollar (centralized) it actually supports defi. USDC is an ERC-20 based token therefore it can be used by any dApp built on the ethereum network. > > > > > > In conclusion, USDT is currently used more and has a higher market cap than USDC, but USDC has stronger infrastructure and is more likely to be used largely in the future due to it being in support of defi. ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/ru2mln/top_10_usd_coin_proarguments_january_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_USD_Coin) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds.

#USDC Con-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Con-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2nfy/comment/hewkfxw/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: *no edits yet* > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. \[1\], \[2\], \[3\] > > # Cons > > **It’s centralized** > > Decentralization is one of the core principles of crypto industry. USDC is centralized. Centre (nomen omen), the consortium that is responsible for USDC, can freeze anyone’s USDC assets whenever they want to. In 2020, they blacklisted an address and froze $100,000 in USDC in response to a request from law enforcement \[4\]. In this case, the freezing of assets was the right thing to do but nothing stops Centre from freezing assets in more controversial circumstances. > > ​ > > **It has fewer trading pairs and blockchains than tether** > > USDC announced in June 2021 that it wants to expand to 10 more blockchains in the near future \[5\]. But as of now, it’s present on 5 blockchains (Ethereum, Algorand, Solana, Stellar and Tron) whereas USDT, its main competitor, is available on 8 blockchains. \[6\] > > USDC is even more pale in comparison to USDT when it comes to the number of available trading pairs. There are barely any coins that aren’t paired with USDT, when USDC usually allows to buy only the most popular coins. > > ​ > > **Is it really that transparent?** > > Circle claimed in the past that all USD Coins are backed 1:1 against US dollar (cash). This is not the case anymore. And while people praise USDC for being more transparent than Tether and having better, more reliable reserve composition, just until recently Tether was completely nontransparent and lied about its reserves, so it’s hard to look bad when compared to Tether. > > Circle isn’t in fact that transparent. For example, they don’t disclose too much information about funds referred to as “approved investments”. **We don’t know how risky those investments are.** USDC has licenses in most of the states in the US. Some of those states have absolutely no restrictions and if Circle operates under the license from one of those states, it can invest in anything it wants. \[7\] > > Also, if you compare USDC’s breakdowns to e.g. breakdowns of banks or other financial institutions, it’s clear that **there’s room for much more transparency**. Take a look at e.g. JP Morgan’s breakdown: [https://am.jpmorgan.com/us/en/asset-management/adv/products/jpmorgan-prime-money-market-fund-morgan-4812a2702#/portfolio](https://am.jpmorgan.com/us/en/asset-management/adv/products/jpmorgan-prime-money-market-fund-morgan-4812a2702#/portfolio) > > This breakdown includes a lot of more details. You can check the issuer, market value, CUSIP number, effective maturity and so on **for each asset**. This kind of information is absent in USDC’s breakdowns. > > ​ > > **There are more transparent stablecoins and stablecoins that are fully backed by cash** > > There are other stablecoins which are transparent and release independent, monthly audit reports about their backing. But what is more important – **there are stablecoins that are fully backed by cash**. Gemini USD (GUSD) or TrueUSD (TUSD) are two examples. \[8\] > > Also, Tether is often criticized for being a very small company with very few employees and yet managing billions in assets. However, **Center had only one employee** since December 2020 to March 2021 – its CEO. Currently, it hires 6 people. \[9\] > > ​ > > **Regulatory risk** > > Recently, regulatory activities have been accelerating. Gary Gensler, the head of the Security and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has asked for more authority to regulate cryptocurrency with the focus on stablecoins. > > Moreover, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has said that a U.S. **central bank digital currency could eliminate the need for stablecoins like USDC**. And since USDC is a centralized stablecoin, a regulatory crackdown and a US CBDC could drive out USDC. > > **\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_** > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2020/07/08/circle-confirms-freezing-100k-in-usdc-at-law-enforcements-request/)](https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2020/07/08/circle-confirms-freezing-100k-in-usdc-at-law-enforcements-request/) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/blog/announcing-usdc-on-ten-new-blockchain-platforms)](https://www.centre.io/blog/announcing-usdc-on-ten-new-blockchain-platforms) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.circle.com/en/multichain-usdc)](https://www.circle.com/en/multichain-usdc) > > ^(\[7\] htps://assets.ctfassets.net/jg6lo9a2ukvr/3U43d7lUPmunUNLa0f9xui/24e439e3040c92179245485ebd1b5ba1/Gemini\\Dollar\_Examination\_Report\_08-31-21.pdf) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2021/07/06/circle-isnt-winning-the-stablecoin-transparency-race/)](https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2021/07/06/circle-isnt-winning-the-stablecoin-transparency-race/) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/business/2021/08/30/centre-consortium-hires-six-employees-including-former-circle-robinhood-executives/)](https://www.coindesk.com/business/2021/08/30/centre-consortium-hires-six-employees-including-former-circle-robinhood-executives/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by I-play-too-much-PUBG which won 3rd place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > USDC is the best stablecoin and here is why. > > > > > > > 1. USDC is transparent. Nothing is hidden in USDC due to its publicly verifiable attestations. This means it is much harder for criminal activity such as money laundering to occur. > > > > > 2. USDC is safe. USDC is backed by (debatably) the strongest economy in the world unlike some other stablecoins such as BUSD or DAI. USDC is only truly comparable to other US dollar backed coins such as USDT. > > > > > With that argument someone might say that USDT is also backed by the US dollar. With that, I follow with another argument. > > > > > 3. Due to the transparency and security of USDC, there is little to no “fairy money” or creation of cryptocurrency without being backed by anything. This is the strongest reason why USDC is superior to USDT. > > > > > > > 4. Although USDC is backed by the US dollar (centralized) it actually supports defi. USDC is an ERC-20 based token therefore it can be used by any dApp built on the ethereum network. > > > > > > In conclusion, USDT is currently used more and has a higher market cap than USDC, but USDC has stronger infrastructure and is more likely to be used largely in the future due to it being in support of defi. ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/ru2mln/top_10_usd_coin_proarguments_january_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_USD_Coin) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds.

ALGO, more stable of a coin than USDT.

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Yes, even me moving my USDT off KuCoin and then swapping it for ETH and MATIC was, even though the right decision, again at a local maximum where the trade was the worst in +/- 3 months from the day. What the fuck.

#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2jo1/comment/hewg10a/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: 31.03.2021 > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. ^(\[1\], \[2\], \[3\]) > > # Pros > > **It’s backed mostly by cash and cash equivalents** > > It must be admitted that Tether has improved its reserves a lot since their first report and their latest breakdown looks much better as USDT is now backed by cash and cash equivalents in around 85%, but USDC is still ahead as its **reserves are backed by cash and cash equivalents in 92%**. There are also many more questions in regards to the credibility of Tether’s reports. ^(\[4\], \[5\]) And USDC may soon leave Tether far behind as Circle, the company that issues and backs USDC, stated that it wants the reserves to consist only of cash, cash equivalents and U.S. Treasury bonds in the near future. ^(\[6\]) > > What the stablecoin reserves consist of is extremely important for liquidity. If a lot of people decided to cash out at the same time and there was no liquidity it could end in a disaster for the whole market. > > ​ > > **It’s partnered with Coinbase, Visa and others** > > Circle has partnered with Coinbase and together they founded a consortium named Centre that governs USDC. Circle has also partnered with banking institutions, including Signature Bank and Visa. The companies that invested in Circle include **Goldman Sachs**, Digital Currency Group (**Grayscale** Investments), **Fidelity** and **FTX**. > > It is also worth mentioning that Circle wants to follow in the footsteps of their partners (Coinbase) and also become a publicly traded company, which would add even more credibility to USDC. ^(\[7\]) > > ​ > > **It’s transparent** > > USDC is transparent in terms of its financial operations. It follows the US laws closely. It is also **audited by Grant Thornton, LLP every month** and monthly reports can be found on the [Centre Consortium’s website](https://www.centre.io/usdc-transparency). The reports, of course, include information on USDC reserves. > > ​ > > **It’s growing rapidly** > > At the beginning of the year, USDT had a 5 times bigger market cap than USDC ($20B vs. $4B). In March2021, this difference is much smaller and USDC has almsot 2/3 of the USDT's amrket cap. One can argue that this difference is still significant but be aware that **between April 2021 and April 2022 market cap of USDC grew by 400% while Tether’s market cap grew by 100%.** > > Also, while USDT’s daily volume decreased, USDC’s volume is on a rise. > > ​ > > **Coinsmart replaces Tether with USDC** > > On September 15, 2021, Coinsmart, Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, delisted USDT and adopted USDC instead ^(\[8\]). As regulators take a closer look at stablecoins, this trend might continue and **more entities might drop Tether in favor of a more transparent stablecoins.** > > ​ > > **USDC is centralized. But is it so bad in the case of a stablecoin?** > > Those who criticize USDC and other centralized stablecoins often give the example of DAI which in their opinion is decentralized. There is no question about USDC being dependent on Centre, but it must be said that DAI, on the other hand, is heavily dependent on USDC - more than half of DAI is generated by USDC collateral and collateralizetion against Centre’s stablecoin is more than 25%. ^(\[10\]) > > Decentralization is essential for cryptocurrency. But so is replacing fiat. So, is decentralization that important in the case of a stablecoin anyway? > > \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en)](https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\\assuranceconsolidated\_reserves\_report\_2021-06-30.pdf)](https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\assuranceconsolidated_reserves_report_2021-06-30.pdf) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html)](https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html) > > ^(\[7\]) [^(https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/)](https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://nitter.net/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309)](https://twitter.com/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/)](https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/) > > ^(\[10\]) [^(https://daistats.com/#/)](https://daistats.com/#/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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#CBDC Con-Arguments Below is an argument written by noxtrifle which won 1st place in the CBDC Con-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > CBDCs are not much different from cryptocurrencies, and are digital, governmentally-issued tokens that are pegged to the value of the specific currency. Think of them like USDT or USDC, but highly regulated and centralized. This is why CBDCs have several flaws, including: > > * **Possible ban of cryptocurrencies** > * As a country implements its own CBDC, it is possible that they will simultaneously ban cryptocurrencies as an alternative means of payment, meaning that residents may be locked into using the CBDC, and nothing else. > * **Lack of privacy** > * CBDCs are fully trackable (and controllable) by the country's government, which raises concerns for users' privacy and financial autonomy. If a more authoritarian government was involved, the chances exist that the government uses citizens' personal data for malicious purposes. Even the notion that their transactions are directly trackable by the government may deter many from using CBDCs at all, diminishing their practicality if not all will use it. > * The UK's [House of Lords](https://www.omfif.org/2022/01/uk-parliament-reluctant-to-embrace-retail-cbdc/) and [US Senators](https://www.cruz.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sen-cruz-introduces-legislation-prohibiting-unilateral-fed-control-of-a-us-digital-currency) Chuck Grassley, Ted Cruz, and Mike Braun also see privacy as a major concern for CBDCs, even though both countries do not have any definite, immediate plans to launch a CBDC. > * This could also give birth to a system where governments can restrict individuals' or companies' access to the monetary system for any dissent against the government, and combining CBDCs with something like China's social credit system would worsen the already-severe privacy issues in certain countries. > * **Centralisation** > * As opposed to cryptocurrencies, which in most cases are decentralized, CBDCs in their current form are fully controlled by the government or central bank. > * Without decentralization, CBDCs bring back into question many of the problems that cryptocurrencies seek to solve: including double-spending, hackers, and malicious actors. > * Data breaches are also a severe issue: unlike in the cryptocurrency space where a hacker can only gain access to one's funds, with CBDCs they can steal numerous other sensitive details including one's bank details, address, and identity as they will all likely be linked to one's CBDC account. > * **Monetary Policy Concerns** > * While CBDCs will allow governments to collect taxes and track expenditure with ease, they are also a dangerous tool in times of economic concern. > * Take the present day, for instance. Instead of raising the cash rate to decrease expenditure, governments could easily diminish citizens' accounts by a certain amount or vice versa, likely leading to rapid deflation or inflation. ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/v2jl0x/general_concepts_cbdc_conarguments_june_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_CBDC) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds. Since this is a con-argument, what could be a better time to promote the Skeptics Discussion thread? You can find the latest thread [here](/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/10kkgfg/daily_general_discussion_january_25_2023_gmt0/).

Mentions:#USDT#USDC

#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2jo1/comment/hewg10a/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: 31.03.2021 > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. ^(\[1\], \[2\], \[3\]) > > # Pros > > **It’s backed mostly by cash and cash equivalents** > > It must be admitted that Tether has improved its reserves a lot since their first report and their latest breakdown looks much better as USDT is now backed by cash and cash equivalents in around 85%, but USDC is still ahead as its **reserves are backed by cash and cash equivalents in 92%**. There are also many more questions in regards to the credibility of Tether’s reports. ^(\[4\], \[5\]) And USDC may soon leave Tether far behind as Circle, the company that issues and backs USDC, stated that it wants the reserves to consist only of cash, cash equivalents and U.S. Treasury bonds in the near future. ^(\[6\]) > > What the stablecoin reserves consist of is extremely important for liquidity. If a lot of people decided to cash out at the same time and there was no liquidity it could end in a disaster for the whole market. > > ​ > > **It’s partnered with Coinbase, Visa and others** > > Circle has partnered with Coinbase and together they founded a consortium named Centre that governs USDC. Circle has also partnered with banking institutions, including Signature Bank and Visa. The companies that invested in Circle include **Goldman Sachs**, Digital Currency Group (**Grayscale** Investments), **Fidelity** and **FTX**. > > It is also worth mentioning that Circle wants to follow in the footsteps of their partners (Coinbase) and also become a publicly traded company, which would add even more credibility to USDC. ^(\[7\]) > > ​ > > **It’s transparent** > > USDC is transparent in terms of its financial operations. It follows the US laws closely. It is also **audited by Grant Thornton, LLP every month** and monthly reports can be found on the [Centre Consortium’s website](https://www.centre.io/usdc-transparency). The reports, of course, include information on USDC reserves. > > ​ > > **It’s growing rapidly** > > At the beginning of the year, USDT had a 5 times bigger market cap than USDC ($20B vs. $4B). In March2021, this difference is much smaller and USDC has almsot 2/3 of the USDT's amrket cap. One can argue that this difference is still significant but be aware that **between April 2021 and April 2022 market cap of USDC grew by 400% while Tether’s market cap grew by 100%.** > > Also, while USDT’s daily volume decreased, USDC’s volume is on a rise. > > ​ > > **Coinsmart replaces Tether with USDC** > > On September 15, 2021, Coinsmart, Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, delisted USDT and adopted USDC instead ^(\[8\]). As regulators take a closer look at stablecoins, this trend might continue and **more entities might drop Tether in favor of a more transparent stablecoins.** > > ​ > > **USDC is centralized. But is it so bad in the case of a stablecoin?** > > Those who criticize USDC and other centralized stablecoins often give the example of DAI which in their opinion is decentralized. There is no question about USDC being dependent on Centre, but it must be said that DAI, on the other hand, is heavily dependent on USDC - more than half of DAI is generated by USDC collateral and collateralizetion against Centre’s stablecoin is more than 25%. ^(\[10\]) > > Decentralization is essential for cryptocurrency. But so is replacing fiat. So, is decentralization that important in the case of a stablecoin anyway? > > \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en)](https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\\assuranceconsolidated\_reserves\_report\_2021-06-30.pdf)](https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\assuranceconsolidated_reserves_report_2021-06-30.pdf) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html)](https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html) > > ^(\[7\]) [^(https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/)](https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://nitter.net/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309)](https://twitter.com/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/)](https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/) > > ^(\[10\]) [^(https://daistats.com/#/)](https://daistats.com/#/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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USDT entered the chat

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#USDC Con-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Con-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2nfy/comment/hewkfxw/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: *no edits yet* > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. \[1\], \[2\], \[3\] > > # Cons > > **It’s centralized** > > Decentralization is one of the core principles of crypto industry. USDC is centralized. Centre (nomen omen), the consortium that is responsible for USDC, can freeze anyone’s USDC assets whenever they want to. In 2020, they blacklisted an address and froze $100,000 in USDC in response to a request from law enforcement \[4\]. In this case, the freezing of assets was the right thing to do but nothing stops Centre from freezing assets in more controversial circumstances. > > ​ > > **It has fewer trading pairs and blockchains than tether** > > USDC announced in June 2021 that it wants to expand to 10 more blockchains in the near future \[5\]. But as of now, it’s present on 5 blockchains (Ethereum, Algorand, Solana, Stellar and Tron) whereas USDT, its main competitor, is available on 8 blockchains. \[6\] > > USDC is even more pale in comparison to USDT when it comes to the number of available trading pairs. There are barely any coins that aren’t paired with USDT, when USDC usually allows to buy only the most popular coins. > > ​ > > **Is it really that transparent?** > > Circle claimed in the past that all USD Coins are backed 1:1 against US dollar (cash). This is not the case anymore. And while people praise USDC for being more transparent than Tether and having better, more reliable reserve composition, just until recently Tether was completely nontransparent and lied about its reserves, so it’s hard to look bad when compared to Tether. > > Circle isn’t in fact that transparent. For example, they don’t disclose too much information about funds referred to as “approved investments”. **We don’t know how risky those investments are.** USDC has licenses in most of the states in the US. Some of those states have absolutely no restrictions and if Circle operates under the license from one of those states, it can invest in anything it wants. \[7\] > > Also, if you compare USDC’s breakdowns to e.g. breakdowns of banks or other financial institutions, it’s clear that **there’s room for much more transparency**. Take a look at e.g. JP Morgan’s breakdown: [https://am.jpmorgan.com/us/en/asset-management/adv/products/jpmorgan-prime-money-market-fund-morgan-4812a2702#/portfolio](https://am.jpmorgan.com/us/en/asset-management/adv/products/jpmorgan-prime-money-market-fund-morgan-4812a2702#/portfolio) > > This breakdown includes a lot of more details. You can check the issuer, market value, CUSIP number, effective maturity and so on **for each asset**. This kind of information is absent in USDC’s breakdowns. > > ​ > > **There are more transparent stablecoins and stablecoins that are fully backed by cash** > > There are other stablecoins which are transparent and release independent, monthly audit reports about their backing. But what is more important – **there are stablecoins that are fully backed by cash**. Gemini USD (GUSD) or TrueUSD (TUSD) are two examples. \[8\] > > Also, Tether is often criticized for being a very small company with very few employees and yet managing billions in assets. However, **Center had only one employee** since December 2020 to March 2021 – its CEO. Currently, it hires 6 people. \[9\] > > ​ > > **Regulatory risk** > > Recently, regulatory activities have been accelerating. Gary Gensler, the head of the Security and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has asked for more authority to regulate cryptocurrency with the focus on stablecoins. > > Moreover, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has said that a U.S. **central bank digital currency could eliminate the need for stablecoins like USDC**. And since USDC is a centralized stablecoin, a regulatory crackdown and a US CBDC could drive out USDC. > > **\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_** > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2020/07/08/circle-confirms-freezing-100k-in-usdc-at-law-enforcements-request/)](https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2020/07/08/circle-confirms-freezing-100k-in-usdc-at-law-enforcements-request/) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/blog/announcing-usdc-on-ten-new-blockchain-platforms)](https://www.centre.io/blog/announcing-usdc-on-ten-new-blockchain-platforms) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.circle.com/en/multichain-usdc)](https://www.circle.com/en/multichain-usdc) > > ^(\[7\] htps://assets.ctfassets.net/jg6lo9a2ukvr/3U43d7lUPmunUNLa0f9xui/24e439e3040c92179245485ebd1b5ba1/Gemini\\Dollar\_Examination\_Report\_08-31-21.pdf) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2021/07/06/circle-isnt-winning-the-stablecoin-transparency-race/)](https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2021/07/06/circle-isnt-winning-the-stablecoin-transparency-race/) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/business/2021/08/30/centre-consortium-hires-six-employees-including-former-circle-robinhood-executives/)](https://www.coindesk.com/business/2021/08/30/centre-consortium-hires-six-employees-including-former-circle-robinhood-executives/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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#DeFi Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by noxtrifle which won 1st place in the DeFi Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > DeFi, or decentralized finance, is a method of transacting without the need for an intermediary, and in many ways replaces the traditional banking systems. Instead, a smart contract at the core of the app manages the whole system. Since it is the code, instead of a central authority, which manages the system, decentralisation is ensured. Thus, there are several benefits of DeFi protocols: > > * **Not subject to the limitations of traditional banking** > * [The only barriers to entrance of DeFi](https://cointelegraph.com/defi-101/defi-a-comprehensive-guide-to-decentralized-finance) are an internet connection and a crypto wallet. With just those two, one can access staking, lending, borrowing, and trading; among many more. > * Furthermore, since DeFi is governed by a smart contract and (generally) has no downtime, users are able to access their DeFi balances around the clock, without waiting for the tedious processes of, for example, waiting for a bank to open, applying for a loan, having a discussion with a loan officer, and being accepted. With DeFi, all this can be done in mere seconds. > * **Much more attractive rates for investors** > * Currently, the yield for staking or lending cryptocurrencies on DeFi is [generally above 3-4%](https://www.ecb.europa.eu\/pub/financial-stability/macroprudential-bulletin/focus/2022/html/ecb.mpbu202207_focus1.en.html), which is higher than the interest rates of most developed countries — making DeFi protocols attractive for investors who want all the benefits of cryptocurrencies along with the security offered by traditional banks. > * Stablecoins such as USDC and USDT have even higher yields (5-6% on average) and offer the same stability as the US Dollar, making DeFi rewards more attractive than most large banks. > * This results in the immediate rewarding of the most generous protocol: as more people become aware of the high yields offered, the protocol grows in size and is able to offer more services. However, such expansion will certainly cause yields to decrease. > * **Numerous use cases** > * **These include:** > * **Traditional transacting:** peer-to-peer transfers of capital are already facilitated by cryptocurrencies, and some projects [like Flexa](https://flexa.network/currencies/) allow for off-chain, in-house transfers at little to no cost. > * **Decentralized exchanges:** Decentralised exchanges, such as dYdX and Pancakeswap, provide the exact functionality of centralised exchanges, except that KYC is not required and a smart contract governs all functionality. > * **Stablecoins:** DeFi protocols give stablecoins new meaning by allowing them to be staked or lent for interest, which has very likely benefitted stablecoin adoption immensely. > * **NFTs, Yield Harvesting, Liquidity Providing, and many more.** ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/v2jl2d/general_concepts_defi_proarguments_june_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_defi) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds.

Mentions:#USDC#USDT

#DeFi Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by noxtrifle which won 1st place in the DeFi Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > DeFi, or decentralized finance, is a method of transacting without the need for an intermediary, and in many ways replaces the traditional banking systems. Instead, a smart contract at the core of the app manages the whole system. Since it is the code, instead of a central authority, which manages the system, decentralisation is ensured. Thus, there are several benefits of DeFi protocols: > > * **Not subject to the limitations of traditional banking** > * [The only barriers to entrance of DeFi](https://cointelegraph.com/defi-101/defi-a-comprehensive-guide-to-decentralized-finance) are an internet connection and a crypto wallet. With just those two, one can access staking, lending, borrowing, and trading; among many more. > * Furthermore, since DeFi is governed by a smart contract and (generally) has no downtime, users are able to access their DeFi balances around the clock, without waiting for the tedious processes of, for example, waiting for a bank to open, applying for a loan, having a discussion with a loan officer, and being accepted. With DeFi, all this can be done in mere seconds. > * **Much more attractive rates for investors** > * Currently, the yield for staking or lending cryptocurrencies on DeFi is [generally above 3-4%](https://www.ecb.europa.eu\/pub/financial-stability/macroprudential-bulletin/focus/2022/html/ecb.mpbu202207_focus1.en.html), which is higher than the interest rates of most developed countries — making DeFi protocols attractive for investors who want all the benefits of cryptocurrencies along with the security offered by traditional banks. > * Stablecoins such as USDC and USDT have even higher yields (5-6% on average) and offer the same stability as the US Dollar, making DeFi rewards more attractive than most large banks. > * This results in the immediate rewarding of the most generous protocol: as more people become aware of the high yields offered, the protocol grows in size and is able to offer more services. However, such expansion will certainly cause yields to decrease. > * **Numerous use cases** > * **These include:** > * **Traditional transacting:** peer-to-peer transfers of capital are already facilitated by cryptocurrencies, and some projects [like Flexa](https://flexa.network/currencies/) allow for off-chain, in-house transfers at little to no cost. > * **Decentralized exchanges:** Decentralised exchanges, such as dYdX and Pancakeswap, provide the exact functionality of centralised exchanges, except that KYC is not required and a smart contract governs all functionality. > * **Stablecoins:** DeFi protocols give stablecoins new meaning by allowing them to be staked or lent for interest, which has very likely benefitted stablecoin adoption immensely. > * **NFTs, Yield Harvesting, Liquidity Providing, and many more.** ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/v2jl2d/general_concepts_defi_proarguments_june_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_defi) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds.

Mentions:#USDC#USDT

That is the users. Generally, flow from those stables to BTC, means the market is moving up. BTC is gaining dominance on the stables. There is no conspiracy theory there, just trade dynamics. You don't want to hold BUSD/USDT/etc while Bitcoin is moving from 15K to 50K...

I don't know about all that, but recent Bitcoin performance can be attributed to someone on Binance buying up large amounts with BUSD: https://i.imgur.com/znYLK8Y.jpg This started around the ~$17k price point. Once BTC was ~$19k, other exchanges saw increased buying with USD/USDT. Did the government use Binance to buy BTC with their secret stash of BSUD? idk

USDC and BUSD is centralised, USDT is shady. so whats left thats reliable and decentralised? DAI?

Stop trading on Binance and stop using USDT. Two things that aren't likely to happen unless there's a massive swan event correlated to one or both.

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#USDC Con-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Con-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2nfy/comment/hewkfxw/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: *no edits yet* > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. \[1\], \[2\], \[3\] > > # Cons > > **It’s centralized** > > Decentralization is one of the core principles of crypto industry. USDC is centralized. Centre (nomen omen), the consortium that is responsible for USDC, can freeze anyone’s USDC assets whenever they want to. In 2020, they blacklisted an address and froze $100,000 in USDC in response to a request from law enforcement \[4\]. In this case, the freezing of assets was the right thing to do but nothing stops Centre from freezing assets in more controversial circumstances. > > ​ > > **It has fewer trading pairs and blockchains than tether** > > USDC announced in June 2021 that it wants to expand to 10 more blockchains in the near future \[5\]. But as of now, it’s present on 5 blockchains (Ethereum, Algorand, Solana, Stellar and Tron) whereas USDT, its main competitor, is available on 8 blockchains. \[6\] > > USDC is even more pale in comparison to USDT when it comes to the number of available trading pairs. There are barely any coins that aren’t paired with USDT, when USDC usually allows to buy only the most popular coins. > > ​ > > **Is it really that transparent?** > > Circle claimed in the past that all USD Coins are backed 1:1 against US dollar (cash). This is not the case anymore. And while people praise USDC for being more transparent than Tether and having better, more reliable reserve composition, just until recently Tether was completely nontransparent and lied about its reserves, so it’s hard to look bad when compared to Tether. > > Circle isn’t in fact that transparent. For example, they don’t disclose too much information about funds referred to as “approved investments”. **We don’t know how risky those investments are.** USDC has licenses in most of the states in the US. Some of those states have absolutely no restrictions and if Circle operates under the license from one of those states, it can invest in anything it wants. \[7\] > > Also, if you compare USDC’s breakdowns to e.g. breakdowns of banks or other financial institutions, it’s clear that **there’s room for much more transparency**. Take a look at e.g. JP Morgan’s breakdown: [https://am.jpmorgan.com/us/en/asset-management/adv/products/jpmorgan-prime-money-market-fund-morgan-4812a2702#/portfolio](https://am.jpmorgan.com/us/en/asset-management/adv/products/jpmorgan-prime-money-market-fund-morgan-4812a2702#/portfolio) > > This breakdown includes a lot of more details. You can check the issuer, market value, CUSIP number, effective maturity and so on **for each asset**. This kind of information is absent in USDC’s breakdowns. > > ​ > > **There are more transparent stablecoins and stablecoins that are fully backed by cash** > > There are other stablecoins which are transparent and release independent, monthly audit reports about their backing. But what is more important – **there are stablecoins that are fully backed by cash**. Gemini USD (GUSD) or TrueUSD (TUSD) are two examples. \[8\] > > Also, Tether is often criticized for being a very small company with very few employees and yet managing billions in assets. However, **Center had only one employee** since December 2020 to March 2021 – its CEO. Currently, it hires 6 people. \[9\] > > ​ > > **Regulatory risk** > > Recently, regulatory activities have been accelerating. Gary Gensler, the head of the Security and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has asked for more authority to regulate cryptocurrency with the focus on stablecoins. > > Moreover, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has said that a U.S. **central bank digital currency could eliminate the need for stablecoins like USDC**. And since USDC is a centralized stablecoin, a regulatory crackdown and a US CBDC could drive out USDC. > > **\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_** > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2020/07/08/circle-confirms-freezing-100k-in-usdc-at-law-enforcements-request/)](https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2020/07/08/circle-confirms-freezing-100k-in-usdc-at-law-enforcements-request/) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/blog/announcing-usdc-on-ten-new-blockchain-platforms)](https://www.centre.io/blog/announcing-usdc-on-ten-new-blockchain-platforms) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.circle.com/en/multichain-usdc)](https://www.circle.com/en/multichain-usdc) > > ^(\[7\] htps://assets.ctfassets.net/jg6lo9a2ukvr/3U43d7lUPmunUNLa0f9xui/24e439e3040c92179245485ebd1b5ba1/Gemini\\Dollar\_Examination\_Report\_08-31-21.pdf) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2021/07/06/circle-isnt-winning-the-stablecoin-transparency-race/)](https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2021/07/06/circle-isnt-winning-the-stablecoin-transparency-race/) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/business/2021/08/30/centre-consortium-hires-six-employees-including-former-circle-robinhood-executives/)](https://www.coindesk.com/business/2021/08/30/centre-consortium-hires-six-employees-including-former-circle-robinhood-executives/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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#DeFi Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by noxtrifle which won 1st place in the DeFi Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > DeFi, or decentralized finance, is a method of transacting without the need for an intermediary, and in many ways replaces the traditional banking systems. Instead, a smart contract at the core of the app manages the whole system. Since it is the code, instead of a central authority, which manages the system, decentralisation is ensured. Thus, there are several benefits of DeFi protocols: > > * **Not subject to the limitations of traditional banking** > * [The only barriers to entrance of DeFi](https://cointelegraph.com/defi-101/defi-a-comprehensive-guide-to-decentralized-finance) are an internet connection and a crypto wallet. With just those two, one can access staking, lending, borrowing, and trading; among many more. > * Furthermore, since DeFi is governed by a smart contract and (generally) has no downtime, users are able to access their DeFi balances around the clock, without waiting for the tedious processes of, for example, waiting for a bank to open, applying for a loan, having a discussion with a loan officer, and being accepted. With DeFi, all this can be done in mere seconds. > * **Much more attractive rates for investors** > * Currently, the yield for staking or lending cryptocurrencies on DeFi is [generally above 3-4%](https://www.ecb.europa.eu\/pub/financial-stability/macroprudential-bulletin/focus/2022/html/ecb.mpbu202207_focus1.en.html), which is higher than the interest rates of most developed countries — making DeFi protocols attractive for investors who want all the benefits of cryptocurrencies along with the security offered by traditional banks. > * Stablecoins such as USDC and USDT have even higher yields (5-6% on average) and offer the same stability as the US Dollar, making DeFi rewards more attractive than most large banks. > * This results in the immediate rewarding of the most generous protocol: as more people become aware of the high yields offered, the protocol grows in size and is able to offer more services. However, such expansion will certainly cause yields to decrease. > * **Numerous use cases** > * **These include:** > * **Traditional transacting:** peer-to-peer transfers of capital are already facilitated by cryptocurrencies, and some projects [like Flexa](https://flexa.network/currencies/) allow for off-chain, in-house transfers at little to no cost. > * **Decentralized exchanges:** Decentralised exchanges, such as dYdX and Pancakeswap, provide the exact functionality of centralised exchanges, except that KYC is not required and a smart contract governs all functionality. > * **Stablecoins:** DeFi protocols give stablecoins new meaning by allowing them to be staked or lent for interest, which has very likely benefitted stablecoin adoption immensely. > * **NFTs, Yield Harvesting, Liquidity Providing, and many more.** ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/v2jl2d/general_concepts_defi_proarguments_june_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_defi) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds.

Mentions:#USDC#USDT

From is really fast and cheap to move stable coins like USDT.

Mentions:#USDT

I haven't used Tron (network) except a few times when I had to send some USDT. TBH I found it very cheap and fast.

Mentions:#USDT

That would never work, right? I mean not even DEXs can function like that. Even with DEXs, someone who already owns both say moons and USDT needs to make a liquidity poll. If the thinking is that more people want to sell than buy, then it really doesn't matter who lists. Kraken isn't looking at moons and saying... "nah, we aren't listing this shitcoin". No, they've had a whole overview of r/cc's moons on their site since before even mainnet. They're waiting for liquidity and an eye-catching # of transactions in a day.

Mentions:#USDT

It would be really hilarious, there will surely be some limitations. Cryptocurrency is operational solely as a result of technology so there will surely be limitations. Imagine being in the medieval era, how would I be able to enjoy trading bonuses from MEXC and every of their futures event just like their most recent I’m participating in where there is a reward pool of 50,000 USDT to enjoy from. In the medieval era, this would prove quite difficult due to manual procedures

Mentions:#USDT

USDC is more transparent. USDT is a bit sketchy since they never actually revealed how much of their assets are actually backed. Overall USDC is more trustable

Mentions:#USDC#USDT

Yay USDC, Nay USDT

Mentions:#USDC#USDT

I got to understand this better via MEXC. That was when I got to know about their new leveraged ETF listing and with a trading volume of over 300 USDT, one can receive 10 USDT worth of token and by trading 100 USDT, we can also get to enjoy 50 USDT in return. This has to be the best part about this for me. Still carrying out more necessary research

Mentions:#USDT

USDT is dollar with unlimited printing abilities.

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#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2jo1/comment/hewg10a/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: 31.03.2021 > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. ^(\[1\], \[2\], \[3\]) > > # Pros > > **It’s backed mostly by cash and cash equivalents** > > It must be admitted that Tether has improved its reserves a lot since their first report and their latest breakdown looks much better as USDT is now backed by cash and cash equivalents in around 85%, but USDC is still ahead as its **reserves are backed by cash and cash equivalents in 92%**. There are also many more questions in regards to the credibility of Tether’s reports. ^(\[4\], \[5\]) And USDC may soon leave Tether far behind as Circle, the company that issues and backs USDC, stated that it wants the reserves to consist only of cash, cash equivalents and U.S. Treasury bonds in the near future. ^(\[6\]) > > What the stablecoin reserves consist of is extremely important for liquidity. If a lot of people decided to cash out at the same time and there was no liquidity it could end in a disaster for the whole market. > > ​ > > **It’s partnered with Coinbase, Visa and others** > > Circle has partnered with Coinbase and together they founded a consortium named Centre that governs USDC. Circle has also partnered with banking institutions, including Signature Bank and Visa. The companies that invested in Circle include **Goldman Sachs**, Digital Currency Group (**Grayscale** Investments), **Fidelity** and **FTX**. > > It is also worth mentioning that Circle wants to follow in the footsteps of their partners (Coinbase) and also become a publicly traded company, which would add even more credibility to USDC. ^(\[7\]) > > ​ > > **It’s transparent** > > USDC is transparent in terms of its financial operations. It follows the US laws closely. It is also **audited by Grant Thornton, LLP every month** and monthly reports can be found on the [Centre Consortium’s website](https://www.centre.io/usdc-transparency). The reports, of course, include information on USDC reserves. > > ​ > > **It’s growing rapidly** > > At the beginning of the year, USDT had a 5 times bigger market cap than USDC ($20B vs. $4B). In March2021, this difference is much smaller and USDC has almsot 2/3 of the USDT's amrket cap. One can argue that this difference is still significant but be aware that **between April 2021 and April 2022 market cap of USDC grew by 400% while Tether’s market cap grew by 100%.** > > Also, while USDT’s daily volume decreased, USDC’s volume is on a rise. > > ​ > > **Coinsmart replaces Tether with USDC** > > On September 15, 2021, Coinsmart, Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, delisted USDT and adopted USDC instead ^(\[8\]). As regulators take a closer look at stablecoins, this trend might continue and **more entities might drop Tether in favor of a more transparent stablecoins.** > > ​ > > **USDC is centralized. But is it so bad in the case of a stablecoin?** > > Those who criticize USDC and other centralized stablecoins often give the example of DAI which in their opinion is decentralized. There is no question about USDC being dependent on Centre, but it must be said that DAI, on the other hand, is heavily dependent on USDC - more than half of DAI is generated by USDC collateral and collateralizetion against Centre’s stablecoin is more than 25%. ^(\[10\]) > > Decentralization is essential for cryptocurrency. But so is replacing fiat. So, is decentralization that important in the case of a stablecoin anyway? > > \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en)](https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\\assuranceconsolidated\_reserves\_report\_2021-06-30.pdf)](https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\assuranceconsolidated_reserves_report_2021-06-30.pdf) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html)](https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html) > > ^(\[7\]) [^(https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/)](https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://nitter.net/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309)](https://twitter.com/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/)](https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/) > > ^(\[10\]) [^(https://daistats.com/#/)](https://daistats.com/#/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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USDC and USDT are not 1:1. It’s public knowledge they admitted. DAI is just collaterized with “blue chip” coins. None is truly safe because none is FDIC insured

#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by I-play-too-much-PUBG which won 3rd place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > USDC is the best stablecoin and here is why. > > > > > > > 1. USDC is transparent. Nothing is hidden in USDC due to its publicly verifiable attestations. This means it is much harder for criminal activity such as money laundering to occur. > > > > > 2. USDC is safe. USDC is backed by (debatably) the strongest economy in the world unlike some other stablecoins such as BUSD or DAI. USDC is only truly comparable to other US dollar backed coins such as USDT. > > > > > With that argument someone might say that USDT is also backed by the US dollar. With that, I follow with another argument. > > > > > 3. Due to the transparency and security of USDC, there is little to no “fairy money” or creation of cryptocurrency without being backed by anything. This is the strongest reason why USDC is superior to USDT. > > > > > > > 4. Although USDC is backed by the US dollar (centralized) it actually supports defi. USDC is an ERC-20 based token therefore it can be used by any dApp built on the ethereum network. > > > > > > In conclusion, USDT is currently used more and has a higher market cap than USDC, but USDC has stronger infrastructure and is more likely to be used largely in the future due to it being in support of defi. ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/ru2mln/top_10_usd_coin_proarguments_january_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_USD_Coin) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds.

Is Tether January’s coin/token/stable-coin that we all dogpile on? I want to be one of the cool people, too. I mean I’ve personally been waiting since 2017 to have a USDT campaign actually convince anyone of… anything at all. 😆

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They dont need to buy them. If we ourselves bring the liquidity for the trading pair. Say they open the market for MOON/USDT like mecx and gate io have done, they could simply say, here is the adress for YOUR moons that you can send here to trade with, and you can set up your limit orders on our exchange. thereby creating the market. They don't need to own moons for that to work. They will most likely want some moons in that market to be market maker in some sense, but they don't abosultely have to right?

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It's to generate artificial on-chain volume so that Circle can claim that USDC settled 1 trillion in transactions or whatever. Organic demand for USDC is low. It's primary use was in DeFi, which is dead, and institutions were using it as a hedge against USDT, but they're on the sidelines.

Mentions:#USDC#USDT

The last 6 times I checked, the following seems to have been the case for Binance: \- Due to high demand... blah blah blah... there are insufficient loanable assets for USDT. Which one of you degenerates borrowed 1B USDT to long alt coins?

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#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by I-play-too-much-PUBG which won 3rd place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > USDC is the best stablecoin and here is why. > > > > > > > 1. USDC is transparent. Nothing is hidden in USDC due to its publicly verifiable attestations. This means it is much harder for criminal activity such as money laundering to occur. > > > > > 2. USDC is safe. USDC is backed by (debatably) the strongest economy in the world unlike some other stablecoins such as BUSD or DAI. USDC is only truly comparable to other US dollar backed coins such as USDT. > > > > > With that argument someone might say that USDT is also backed by the US dollar. With that, I follow with another argument. > > > > > 3. Due to the transparency and security of USDC, there is little to no “fairy money” or creation of cryptocurrency without being backed by anything. This is the strongest reason why USDC is superior to USDT. > > > > > > > 4. Although USDC is backed by the US dollar (centralized) it actually supports defi. USDC is an ERC-20 based token therefore it can be used by any dApp built on the ethereum network. > > > > > > In conclusion, USDT is currently used more and has a higher market cap than USDC, but USDC has stronger infrastructure and is more likely to be used largely in the future due to it being in support of defi. ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/ru2mln/top_10_usd_coin_proarguments_january_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_USD_Coin) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds.

#USDC Con-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Con-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2nfy/comment/hewkfxw/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: *no edits yet* > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. \[1\], \[2\], \[3\] > > # Cons > > **It’s centralized** > > Decentralization is one of the core principles of crypto industry. USDC is centralized. Centre (nomen omen), the consortium that is responsible for USDC, can freeze anyone’s USDC assets whenever they want to. In 2020, they blacklisted an address and froze $100,000 in USDC in response to a request from law enforcement \[4\]. In this case, the freezing of assets was the right thing to do but nothing stops Centre from freezing assets in more controversial circumstances. > > ​ > > **It has fewer trading pairs and blockchains than tether** > > USDC announced in June 2021 that it wants to expand to 10 more blockchains in the near future \[5\]. But as of now, it’s present on 5 blockchains (Ethereum, Algorand, Solana, Stellar and Tron) whereas USDT, its main competitor, is available on 8 blockchains. \[6\] > > USDC is even more pale in comparison to USDT when it comes to the number of available trading pairs. There are barely any coins that aren’t paired with USDT, when USDC usually allows to buy only the most popular coins. > > ​ > > **Is it really that transparent?** > > Circle claimed in the past that all USD Coins are backed 1:1 against US dollar (cash). This is not the case anymore. And while people praise USDC for being more transparent than Tether and having better, more reliable reserve composition, just until recently Tether was completely nontransparent and lied about its reserves, so it’s hard to look bad when compared to Tether. > > Circle isn’t in fact that transparent. For example, they don’t disclose too much information about funds referred to as “approved investments”. **We don’t know how risky those investments are.** USDC has licenses in most of the states in the US. Some of those states have absolutely no restrictions and if Circle operates under the license from one of those states, it can invest in anything it wants. \[7\] > > Also, if you compare USDC’s breakdowns to e.g. breakdowns of banks or other financial institutions, it’s clear that **there’s room for much more transparency**. Take a look at e.g. JP Morgan’s breakdown: [https://am.jpmorgan.com/us/en/asset-management/adv/products/jpmorgan-prime-money-market-fund-morgan-4812a2702#/portfolio](https://am.jpmorgan.com/us/en/asset-management/adv/products/jpmorgan-prime-money-market-fund-morgan-4812a2702#/portfolio) > > This breakdown includes a lot of more details. You can check the issuer, market value, CUSIP number, effective maturity and so on **for each asset**. This kind of information is absent in USDC’s breakdowns. > > ​ > > **There are more transparent stablecoins and stablecoins that are fully backed by cash** > > There are other stablecoins which are transparent and release independent, monthly audit reports about their backing. But what is more important – **there are stablecoins that are fully backed by cash**. Gemini USD (GUSD) or TrueUSD (TUSD) are two examples. \[8\] > > Also, Tether is often criticized for being a very small company with very few employees and yet managing billions in assets. However, **Center had only one employee** since December 2020 to March 2021 – its CEO. Currently, it hires 6 people. \[9\] > > ​ > > **Regulatory risk** > > Recently, regulatory activities have been accelerating. Gary Gensler, the head of the Security and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has asked for more authority to regulate cryptocurrency with the focus on stablecoins. > > Moreover, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has said that a U.S. **central bank digital currency could eliminate the need for stablecoins like USDC**. And since USDC is a centralized stablecoin, a regulatory crackdown and a US CBDC could drive out USDC. > > **\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_** > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2020/07/08/circle-confirms-freezing-100k-in-usdc-at-law-enforcements-request/)](https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2020/07/08/circle-confirms-freezing-100k-in-usdc-at-law-enforcements-request/) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/blog/announcing-usdc-on-ten-new-blockchain-platforms)](https://www.centre.io/blog/announcing-usdc-on-ten-new-blockchain-platforms) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.circle.com/en/multichain-usdc)](https://www.circle.com/en/multichain-usdc) > > ^(\[7\] htps://assets.ctfassets.net/jg6lo9a2ukvr/3U43d7lUPmunUNLa0f9xui/24e439e3040c92179245485ebd1b5ba1/Gemini\\Dollar\_Examination\_Report\_08-31-21.pdf) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2021/07/06/circle-isnt-winning-the-stablecoin-transparency-race/)](https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2021/07/06/circle-isnt-winning-the-stablecoin-transparency-race/) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/business/2021/08/30/centre-consortium-hires-six-employees-including-former-circle-robinhood-executives/)](https://www.coindesk.com/business/2021/08/30/centre-consortium-hires-six-employees-including-former-circle-robinhood-executives/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by I-play-too-much-PUBG which won 3rd place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > USDC is the best stablecoin and here is why. > > > > > > > 1. USDC is transparent. Nothing is hidden in USDC due to its publicly verifiable attestations. This means it is much harder for criminal activity such as money laundering to occur. > > > > > 2. USDC is safe. USDC is backed by (debatably) the strongest economy in the world unlike some other stablecoins such as BUSD or DAI. USDC is only truly comparable to other US dollar backed coins such as USDT. > > > > > With that argument someone might say that USDT is also backed by the US dollar. With that, I follow with another argument. > > > > > 3. Due to the transparency and security of USDC, there is little to no “fairy money” or creation of cryptocurrency without being backed by anything. This is the strongest reason why USDC is superior to USDT. > > > > > > > 4. Although USDC is backed by the US dollar (centralized) it actually supports defi. USDC is an ERC-20 based token therefore it can be used by any dApp built on the ethereum network. > > > > > > In conclusion, USDT is currently used more and has a higher market cap than USDC, but USDC has stronger infrastructure and is more likely to be used largely in the future due to it being in support of defi. ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/ru2mln/top_10_usd_coin_proarguments_january_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_USD_Coin) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds.

Yea, I know, but USDT didn't depeg and there wasnt extra USDT printed then either.

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Ahh yes that's the classic know as "USDT" or in common language "manipulated shit coin "pegged" to USD"

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#USDC Con-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Con-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2nfy/comment/hewkfxw/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: *no edits yet* > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. \[1\], \[2\], \[3\] > > # Cons > > **It’s centralized** > > Decentralization is one of the core principles of crypto industry. USDC is centralized. Centre (nomen omen), the consortium that is responsible for USDC, can freeze anyone’s USDC assets whenever they want to. In 2020, they blacklisted an address and froze $100,000 in USDC in response to a request from law enforcement \[4\]. In this case, the freezing of assets was the right thing to do but nothing stops Centre from freezing assets in more controversial circumstances. > > ​ > > **It has fewer trading pairs and blockchains than tether** > > USDC announced in June 2021 that it wants to expand to 10 more blockchains in the near future \[5\]. But as of now, it’s present on 5 blockchains (Ethereum, Algorand, Solana, Stellar and Tron) whereas USDT, its main competitor, is available on 8 blockchains. \[6\] > > USDC is even more pale in comparison to USDT when it comes to the number of available trading pairs. There are barely any coins that aren’t paired with USDT, when USDC usually allows to buy only the most popular coins. > > ​ > > **Is it really that transparent?** > > Circle claimed in the past that all USD Coins are backed 1:1 against US dollar (cash). This is not the case anymore. And while people praise USDC for being more transparent than Tether and having better, more reliable reserve composition, just until recently Tether was completely nontransparent and lied about its reserves, so it’s hard to look bad when compared to Tether. > > Circle isn’t in fact that transparent. For example, they don’t disclose too much information about funds referred to as “approved investments”. **We don’t know how risky those investments are.** USDC has licenses in most of the states in the US. Some of those states have absolutely no restrictions and if Circle operates under the license from one of those states, it can invest in anything it wants. \[7\] > > Also, if you compare USDC’s breakdowns to e.g. breakdowns of banks or other financial institutions, it’s clear that **there’s room for much more transparency**. Take a look at e.g. JP Morgan’s breakdown: [https://am.jpmorgan.com/us/en/asset-management/adv/products/jpmorgan-prime-money-market-fund-morgan-4812a2702#/portfolio](https://am.jpmorgan.com/us/en/asset-management/adv/products/jpmorgan-prime-money-market-fund-morgan-4812a2702#/portfolio) > > This breakdown includes a lot of more details. You can check the issuer, market value, CUSIP number, effective maturity and so on **for each asset**. This kind of information is absent in USDC’s breakdowns. > > ​ > > **There are more transparent stablecoins and stablecoins that are fully backed by cash** > > There are other stablecoins which are transparent and release independent, monthly audit reports about their backing. But what is more important – **there are stablecoins that are fully backed by cash**. Gemini USD (GUSD) or TrueUSD (TUSD) are two examples. \[8\] > > Also, Tether is often criticized for being a very small company with very few employees and yet managing billions in assets. However, **Center had only one employee** since December 2020 to March 2021 – its CEO. Currently, it hires 6 people. \[9\] > > ​ > > **Regulatory risk** > > Recently, regulatory activities have been accelerating. Gary Gensler, the head of the Security and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has asked for more authority to regulate cryptocurrency with the focus on stablecoins. > > Moreover, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has said that a U.S. **central bank digital currency could eliminate the need for stablecoins like USDC**. And since USDC is a centralized stablecoin, a regulatory crackdown and a US CBDC could drive out USDC. > > **\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_** > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2020/07/08/circle-confirms-freezing-100k-in-usdc-at-law-enforcements-request/)](https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2020/07/08/circle-confirms-freezing-100k-in-usdc-at-law-enforcements-request/) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/blog/announcing-usdc-on-ten-new-blockchain-platforms)](https://www.centre.io/blog/announcing-usdc-on-ten-new-blockchain-platforms) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.circle.com/en/multichain-usdc)](https://www.circle.com/en/multichain-usdc) > > ^(\[7\] htps://assets.ctfassets.net/jg6lo9a2ukvr/3U43d7lUPmunUNLa0f9xui/24e439e3040c92179245485ebd1b5ba1/Gemini\\Dollar\_Examination\_Report\_08-31-21.pdf) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2021/07/06/circle-isnt-winning-the-stablecoin-transparency-race/)](https://www.coindesk.com/markets/2021/07/06/circle-isnt-winning-the-stablecoin-transparency-race/) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coindesk.com/business/2021/08/30/centre-consortium-hires-six-employees-including-former-circle-robinhood-executives/)](https://www.coindesk.com/business/2021/08/30/centre-consortium-hires-six-employees-including-former-circle-robinhood-executives/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by Blendzi0r which won 1st place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > First published on: [30.09.2021](https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/og2jo1/comment/hewg10a/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) > > Last edited on: 31.03.2021 > > # Intro > > USD Coin (USDC) is a digital dollar – a stablecoin pegged to US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value fixed to other assets (usually assets outside of the cryptocurrency space, e.g. fiat currencies, precious metals, etc.). Their main purposes are: 1) help investors escape the volatility of the cryptocurrency market and 2) allow investors to buy cryptocurrencies on exchanges that do not offer fiat deposits. USDC is currently the second largest stablecoin. ^(\[1\], \[2\], \[3\]) > > # Pros > > **It’s backed mostly by cash and cash equivalents** > > It must be admitted that Tether has improved its reserves a lot since their first report and their latest breakdown looks much better as USDT is now backed by cash and cash equivalents in around 85%, but USDC is still ahead as its **reserves are backed by cash and cash equivalents in 92%**. There are also many more questions in regards to the credibility of Tether’s reports. ^(\[4\], \[5\]) And USDC may soon leave Tether far behind as Circle, the company that issues and backs USDC, stated that it wants the reserves to consist only of cash, cash equivalents and U.S. Treasury bonds in the near future. ^(\[6\]) > > What the stablecoin reserves consist of is extremely important for liquidity. If a lot of people decided to cash out at the same time and there was no liquidity it could end in a disaster for the whole market. > > ​ > > **It’s partnered with Coinbase, Visa and others** > > Circle has partnered with Coinbase and together they founded a consortium named Centre that governs USDC. Circle has also partnered with banking institutions, including Signature Bank and Visa. The companies that invested in Circle include **Goldman Sachs**, Digital Currency Group (**Grayscale** Investments), **Fidelity** and **FTX**. > > It is also worth mentioning that Circle wants to follow in the footsteps of their partners (Coinbase) and also become a publicly traded company, which would add even more credibility to USDC. ^(\[7\]) > > ​ > > **It’s transparent** > > USDC is transparent in terms of its financial operations. It follows the US laws closely. It is also **audited by Grant Thornton, LLP every month** and monthly reports can be found on the [Centre Consortium’s website](https://www.centre.io/usdc-transparency). The reports, of course, include information on USDC reserves. > > ​ > > **It’s growing rapidly** > > At the beginning of the year, USDT had a 5 times bigger market cap than USDC ($20B vs. $4B). In March2021, this difference is much smaller and USDC has almsot 2/3 of the USDT's amrket cap. One can argue that this difference is still significant but be aware that **between April 2021 and April 2022 market cap of USDC grew by 400% while Tether’s market cap grew by 100%.** > > Also, while USDT’s daily volume decreased, USDC’s volume is on a rise. > > ​ > > **Coinsmart replaces Tether with USDC** > > On September 15, 2021, Coinsmart, Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, delisted USDT and adopted USDC instead ^(\[8\]). As regulators take a closer look at stablecoins, this trend might continue and **more entities might drop Tether in favor of a more transparent stablecoins.** > > ​ > > **USDC is centralized. But is it so bad in the case of a stablecoin?** > > Those who criticize USDC and other centralized stablecoins often give the example of DAI which in their opinion is decentralized. There is no question about USDC being dependent on Centre, but it must be said that DAI, on the other hand, is heavily dependent on USDC - more than half of DAI is generated by USDC collateral and collateralizetion against Centre’s stablecoin is more than 25%. ^(\[10\]) > > Decentralization is essential for cryptocurrency. But so is replacing fiat. So, is decentralization that important in the case of a stablecoin anyway? > > \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ > > **^(Sources:)** > > ^(\[1\]) [^(https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf)](https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/9304636/PDF/centre-whitepaper.pdf) > > ^(\[2\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\\Coin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD\Coin) > > ^(\[3\]) [^(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stablecoin) > > ^(\[4\]) [^(https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en)](https://www.centre.io/hubfs/pdfs/attestation/2021%20Circle%20Examination%20Report%20August%202021%20Final.pdf?hsLang=en) > > ^(\[5\]) [^(https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\\assuranceconsolidated\_reserves\_report\_2021-06-30.pdf)](https://tether.to/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/tether\assuranceconsolidated_reserves_report_2021-06-30.pdf) > > ^(\[6\]) [^(https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html)](https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/23/crypto-usdc-stablecoin-to-change-reserves-composition.html) > > ^(\[7\]) [^(https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/)](https://fortune.com/2021/05/28/crypto-startup-circle-fidelity-ftx-stablecoin-usdc-coinbase-funding-spac/) > > ^(\[8\]) [^(https://nitter.net/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309)](https://twitter.com/CoinSmart/status/1433472681626722309) > > ^(\[9\]) [^(https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/)](https://www.coinsmart.com/blog/what-is-usdc/) > > ^(\[10\]) [^(https://daistats.com/#/)](https://daistats.com/#/) ***** Would you like to learn more? 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At this point I'm pretty comfortable with DeFi. Almost everything I have is on chains that natively support USDC and USDT. I'll be able to move into USDC easy

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#USDC Pro-Arguments Below is an argument written by I-play-too-much-PUBG which won 3rd place in the USDC Pro-Arguments topic for a prior [Cointest](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_policy) round. > USDC is the best stablecoin and here is why. > > > > > > > 1. USDC is transparent. Nothing is hidden in USDC due to its publicly verifiable attestations. This means it is much harder for criminal activity such as money laundering to occur. > > > > > 2. USDC is safe. USDC is backed by (debatably) the strongest economy in the world unlike some other stablecoins such as BUSD or DAI. USDC is only truly comparable to other US dollar backed coins such as USDT. > > > > > With that argument someone might say that USDT is also backed by the US dollar. With that, I follow with another argument. > > > > > 3. Due to the transparency and security of USDC, there is little to no “fairy money” or creation of cryptocurrency without being backed by anything. This is the strongest reason why USDC is superior to USDT. > > > > > > > 4. Although USDC is backed by the US dollar (centralized) it actually supports defi. USDC is an ERC-20 based token therefore it can be used by any dApp built on the ethereum network. > > > > > > In conclusion, USDT is currently used more and has a higher market cap than USDC, but USDC has stronger infrastructure and is more likely to be used largely in the future due to it being in support of defi. ***** Would you like to learn more? [Click here](/r/CointestOfficial/comments/ru2mln/top_10_usd_coin_proarguments_january_2022/) to be taken to the original topic-thread or you can scan through the [Cointest Archive](/r/CointestOfficial/wiki/cointest_archive#wiki_USD_Coin) to find arguments on this topic in other rounds.

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