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Op-ed: Is Tether’s profitability a risky bet on treasury profits?

Tether, the issuer of the world’s largest stablecoin, USDT, is breaking all records in 2023. In its Q1 assurance report, Tether gained an all-time high reserve surplus of $2.44 billion, and a net profit of $1.48 billion

This raised many eyebrows because the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, had only $1.2 billion net income in the same period.

Not only does dollar tokenization pay off but it pays off drastically. This is evidenced by profit efficiency per employee, as BlackRock’s profits are secured by 16,500 – 19,800 personnel vs. Tether’s modest 60 – 155 employee count.

Tether’s latest Q2 assurance report from its accounting firm BDO tells the same story. Its stablecoin reserves increased by $850 million, reaching $3.3 billion. Taken at face value, these reports show that Tether cracked the money-making formula while providing critical USDT stability in extreme market conditions.

How? Tether seemingly discovered a money printer in US treasuries. But is there a risk in Tether’s evolving business model? One that could topple the entire crypto market given Tether’s enormous $83.7 billion market cap weight?

Let’s explore.

Tether: Combining Saylor’s Strategy While Leveraging US Debt

Both Q1 and Q2 reports show Tether’s increased reliance on US treasuries. The latest Q2 attestation accounted for Tether Holdings Limited owning at least $86.5 billion in consolidated assets.

Out of that, $83.2 billion is in liabilities, revolving around Tether’s core product – USDT – stablecoin issuance pegged to the USD and backed by cash and cash equivalents. USDT is mostly backed by US government debt, as 64.5% of Tether’s total assets are in US Treasury Bills, at $55.8 billion.

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