In a financial landscape marked by increasing cryptocurrency adoption, Brazil stands out as a hotspot for the surge of stablecoins, with Tether (USDT) leading the charge. According to data from Brazil’s revenue service agency, stablecoins have become the go-to choice for crypto transactions in the country, accounting for a staggering 80% of all such activities.
Unlike their volatile counterparts, stablecoins maintain parity with real-world currencies, creating stability that has expanded their utility as a medium of exchange. Monthly surveys conducted by the Federal Revenue since 2019 reveal a remarkable growth in the use of stablecoins, aptly translated to “stable currencies” in Portuguese.
Among these stablecoins, USDT shines the brightest. During the observed period, Tether’s trading volume surpassed R$271 billion, almost double that of Bitcoin at more than R$151 billion.
This meteoric rise in stablecoin usage has captured the attention of Brazil’s Federal Revenue Service, which is closely monitoring this burgeoning trend that is generating trillions of dollars globally. With thousands of cryptocurrencies in circulation, stablecoins like Tether and USDC, both pegged to the US dollar, as well as BRZ, tied to the Brazilian real, dominate the Brazilian crypto market.
Public data analysis underscores a notable shift in transaction preferences, with stablecoins, led by Tether, outpacing Bitcoin and traditional cryptocurrencies. This transformation bears significant implications for the regulatory and tax landscape of cryptocurrencies in Brazil.
Two revealing graphs depict the ascendancy of Tether in comparison to Bitcoin, indicating the shift in user preference and transaction volume.
Tether’s USDT Resilience Amid Market Volatility
Tether’s USDT stablecoin has reached a remarkable milestone, surpassing an $84 billion supply on October 21. This achievement coincided with a market rally driven by optimism surrounding the potential approval of a Bitcoin spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) in 2023.
In a challenging previous year, which witnessed the collapse of several crypto firms, its market capitalization briefly dipped to $66 billion. Concerns also arose about the stability of its reserves.
Despite these setbacks, a favorable market environment, coupled with challenges faced by competitors like Binance USD (BUSD) and USD Coin (USDC), contributed to Tether’s remarkable performance. Regulatory actions against its rivals further solidified Tether’s position in the market, with BUSD and USDC facing supply declines due to various issues.
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