Stablecoin Issuer Tether Cuts Commercial Paper Holdings to Zero

The company has been gradually replacing its commercial paper holdings with U.S. Treasury bills.

AccessTimeIconOct 13, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 3:59 a.m. UTC
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Stablecoin issuer Tether has reduced its commercial paper holdings to zero, replacing those holdings with U.S. Treasury bills, the company announced in a blog post Thursday.

“Reducing commercial papers to zero demonstrates Tether’s commitment to backing its tokens with the most secure reserves in the market,” Tether wrote.

As of Sept. 30, the company's U.S. Treasury holdings stood at 58.1% of its total portfolio, up from 43.5% at the end of June, Tether Chief Technology Officer Paolo Ardoino tweeted earlier this month. In its latest post, Tether didn't specify what percentage of its current portfolio is held in U.S. Treasurys.

Commercial paper is short-term unsecured debt issued by companies, where the value of the paper depends on the issuing company. Commercial paper is less stable than other debt instruments, such as U.S. Treasury bonds.

Tether had said that it would bring its commercial paper holdings to zero by the end of the year because of growing concerns over the stability of the Tether ecosystem and its stablecoin, USDT.

Earlier this month, Tether said it had cut its commercial paper holdings to less than $50 million.

UPDATE (Oct. 13, 17:14 UTC): Added information from Tether CTO's tweet in third paragraph.

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