Tether (USDT), the biggest stablecoin and the third-largest digital currency by market capitalization continues losing its market value amid the current market downturn.
On Thursday, USDT’s market cap dropped below $70 billion for the first time since October 2021. The drop followed a cascade of repeated declines shortly after the USDT market value reached its all-time high above $80 billion in May.
At the time of writing, Tether USDT’s market capitalization stands at $69.3 billion, up around $300 million from the multi-month low, according to data from CoinGecko.
Tether’s biggest rival, USDC, is the second-largest U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin backed by the peer-to-peer payments technology company Circle. The stablecoin reached $50 billion market cap in February and has never beaten Tether’s market cap so far.
While Tether has been losing its market share over the past few weeks, other stablecoins like the USD Coin (USDC) have been gaining value recently. As such, USDC's market cap surged from about $48 billion in mid-May to $55 billion in mid-June.
Tether’s shrinking market cap comes amid the ongoing market panic and uncertainty, with the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies dropping below $1 trillion for the first time since February 2021.
Tether firm has been actively posting statements to assure investors that the company has not been affected by the ongoing crypto lending crisis. On Monday, Tether declared that issues around the crypto lending platform Celsius had nothing to do with the firm and would not impact USDT reserves.
Tether subsequently announced plans to get rid of commercial paper backing for the USDT stablecoin on Wednesday. The firm did not respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.