Tether launches gold-backed, US dollar stablecoin Alloy

The NFT Unicorn 9e2184aa-e769-4d0c-bf2c-24070f0d81a2 Tether launches gold-backed, US dollar stablecoin Alloy Crypto News

Tether is introducing a gold-backed stablecoin pegged to the United States dollar. It is the first tethered asset, the issuer declared. The new coin is called Alloy (aUSDT) and is mintable on the new Alloy by Tether platform.

According to the company, Alloy will be overcollateralized by Tether’s gold-pegged XAUT — a token that provides ownership of physical gold — but pegged to the U.S. dollar. By definition, the new token is a synthetic dollar, which is designed to mimic the value and functionality of the USD without being directly backed by it.

Alloy explained in an X post that tethered ssets are “digital assets that aim to track the reference price of another asset through different stabilisation mechanisms.” Further, it said:

“Alloy by Tether provides long-term holders the opportunity to maintain exposure to gold, while in parallel obtaining a dollar-referenced Tethered Asset for payments and day-to-day economy.”

Stability and flexibility through aUSDT

In the same thread, the organization said other tethered assets could be created on the platform, including yield-bearing products.

Source: Paolo Ardoino

The synthetic dollar can be minted by depositing XUSDT through a smart contract and price oracles. Thus, users can make transactions with aUSDT while retaining their gold-backed Tether asset.

Related: Tether nets record $4.5B profit in Q1 2024 — majority from Bitcoin and gold

aUSDT was developed by Tether subsidiaries Moon Gold and Moon Gold El Salvador. Alloy by Tether will become part of a real-world asset tokenization platform launching later this year, said Tether’s CEO Paolo Ardoino.

The first tethered asset is not the first synthetic dollar

Tether’s aUSDT is not the first synthetic dollar. A Bitcoin-based synthetic dollar called Stablesats was introduced on the Lightning Network by Galoy in August 2022.

However, the synthetic dollar as a popular asset form came to prominence when startup Ethena Labs introduced its Ethereum-backed, USD-pegged USDe in February. The launch was met with some skepticism. Asymmetry provided a variation on the concept with an algorithmically balanced synthetic dollar in June.

One analyst has compared aUSDT favorably to USDe and other stablecoins due to Tether’s high liquidity and “smarter decisionmaking and less principal-agent risk” thanks to its centralized control.

Tether has sweetened the deal on the new asset by offering Tether (USDT) holders a bonus at a 2:1 ratio. It has set aside 10 million aUSDT for that purpose.

Magazine: The real risks to Ethena’s stablecoin model (are not the ones you think)

Source: Cointelegraph