Bitfinex Debuts Margin Trading for Controversial Tether Stablecoin

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    U.Today learns what’s behind Bitfinex launching margin trading for USDT, and why it might be a red flag for investors

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In its recent blog post, Bitfinex announced the launch of margin trading for Tether (USDT), the flagship stablecoin that currently occupies 9th place on CMC. The new feature will be available at 11:30 AM UTC.   
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Other stablecoins to follow suit

So far, USDT/USD is the only pair that can be traded with leverage. Tether promises to introduce margin trading for other popular stablecoins once there is sufficient liquidity. Four stablecoins, including Gemini Dollar (GUSD) and USD Coin (USDC) were listed on the exchange on Dec. 4 after the Tether-fiat pair.

At this point, Bitfinex offers x3.33 leverage for users who prefer margin trading — a $100 deposit results in a $333.33 leveraged trading amount.    

A genius move?

Tether states that the rollout will allow professional traders to employ ‘unique’ strategies. Moreover, margin trading will be useful for setting the proper price of the asset and managing risks.

The crypto community instantly reacted to the announcement with some being flabbergasted by the idea of launching margin trading for a stablecoin. Meanwhile, others called it ‘a genius move’ given that it is a major slap in the face for Tether defeatists. There is also a theory that a mammoth-size bankruptcy scandal is already in the pipeline that will be allegedly preceded by an inside sell-off.  

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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