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Crypto-Mystery Clues Suggest Tether Has the Billions It Promised

  • Bank statements seen by Bloomberg show a large cash stockpile
  • One of the biggest fears in crypto is whether Tether’s a scam
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As Tether grew into a multibillion-dollar engine of the cryptocurrency market, skeptics kept warning that the digital coin, whose main selling point is that it’s pegged to the dollar, wasn’t actually backed by an enormous pile of cash. Bank statements reviewed by Bloomberg News suggest those fears may be unfounded.

Statements spanning four separate months detail the cash held in Tether Ltd.’s accounts, according to documents reviewed by Bloomberg. At least some of the statements have been shared with regulators, people with knowledge of the matter said. The question is whether there really is $1 in the bank for every Tether, and while the documents don’t provide a complete accounting of Tether’s finances, they do offer more detail than has ever been made public.