Why Tether’s USDT is the Digital Dollar for the Unbanked

Tether, the company behind the leading stablecoin USDT, argues its digital currency offers financial inclusion for the world’s unbanked population.

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  • Millions of people have lacked traditional banking access, but a Tether’s USDT could become a lifeline.
  • Tether has played a key role in bridging the gap between the unbanked and the US treasury market.
  • While controversy has surrounded USDT, its potential to promote financial inclusion is undeniable.

Tether, the company behind the world’s leading stablecoin USDT, is making a strong case for its digital currency as a lifeline for the unbanked population globally. In response to a recent Wall Street Journal article on stablecoins‘ impact on the US economy, Tether CEO Paolo Ardoino emphasized USDT’s role as a “digital dollar” for over 300 million people worldwide.

USDT Boosts Dollar Demand

Ardoino argues that USDT offers a crucial financial tool for individuals and communities often overlooked by traditional banking systems, particularly in developing nations. These regions grapple with issues like high inflation and rapid devaluation of local currencies, leaving citizens financially vulnerable. 

USDT, pegged to the US dollar, offers a stable alternative, allowing users to store value and conduct transactions without fearing currency fluctuations. Beyond individual users, Tether’s growing influence within the global financial system is noteworthy. 


Ardoino revealed Tether as a “top 3 global buyer of short-term US treasury bills” and a “top 20” buyer overall. This involvement in the traditional financial market positions USDT as a bridge between the established system and the unbanked population.

USDT and Financial Inclusion

USDT’s ease of use through digital wallets on smartphones makes it a viable financial tool even in regions with limited access to traditional banking infrastructure. Transactions can be conducted quickly and often at lower fees compared to remittance services. This fosters financial inclusion, allowing the unbanked to participate in the global economy.

It’s important to note that Tether’s claims and USDT’s overall stability are not without controversy. However, the company’s efforts highlight the potential of stablecoins to address financial inequality and offer a path toward financial inclusion for the unbanked around the world.

On the Flipside

  • Access to smartphones and reliable internet connections remains a challenge in some developing regions.
  • USDT and other stablecoins currently exist in a regulatory grey area. Lack of clear guidelines could pose challenges for widespread adoption and user protection.

Why This Matters

If Tether can deliver on its promises, USDT could fundamentally reshape how the world’s most vulnerable populations access and manage their finances, potentially offering financial stability and integration into the global financial system for millions.


If you’re interested in the ever-evolving world of digital assets, check out this article on Tether’s plans for a new lineup:
Tether’s Ardoino Teases New Digital Asset Lineup

Curious about Tether’s commitment to emerging markets? This article explores their recent $1 billion allocation for investments:
Tether Allocates $1 Billion for Emerging Markets Investments

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.