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Tether briefly ousts XRP as third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization

Tether briefly surpassed XRP's market cap becoming the third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization.

Wed, 02 Sep 2020, 06:01 am UTC

Stablecoins, which are cryptocurrencies backed by a more stable asset or basket of assets, have recently gained in popularity among investors due to the minimal volatility of their prices. It is not surprising then for Tether (USDT), the world’s largest stablecoin, to inch its way up in the rankings of top cryptocurrencies by market cap.

In fact, it recently surpassed the market cap of a major altcoin. On September 1, Tether surpassed XRP and briefly became the third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, according to Cointelegraph.

At that time, USDT was valued at around $13.4 billion based on data from the crypto analytics site Coin360. XRP, on the other hand, was valued at $13 billion.

This was not the first time that Tether challenged XRP for the third spot this year. In May 2020, USDT also surpassed XRP’s market capitalization and briefly became the third-largest crypto.

At that time, Tether’s market cap was valued at around $8.8 billion. XRP, on the other hand, was valued at around $8.6 billion, or a difference of $200 million.

According to Cointelegraph, XRP’s drop to the fourth spot in the ranking came shortly after Ripple’s senior director of global operations Emi Yoshikawa said that XRP is not in competition with stablecoins. Yoshikawa explained on August 19 that XRP does not compete with either central bank digital currencies (CBDC) or stablecons.

However, Ether’s lead over XRP was a brief one. As of September 2, 2020, XRP regained the title of being the third-largest cryptocurrency as its market cap rose to $14.451 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. Ether slid back to being the fourth-largest crypto with a market cap of $14.450 billion.

The stablecoins niche has experienced massive growth in 2020 with the top two stablecoins – Tether and USD Coin – having established major milestones in recent months. For example, USD Coin (USDC) breached the $1 billion mark in market capitalization in July of 2020.

Stablecoin usage has surged as investors turn to tokens such as Tether and USD Coin for their transactions. As a result, Tether now has the largest daily transaction volume estimated to be worth in excess of $10 billion. For comparison, Bitcoin’s (BTC) daily transaction volume is only at $9.5 billion.

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