Statement on Tether’s Settlement with the CFTC

Following several years of investigation and access to extensive information about the companies and their operations, the CFTC has concluded its review. The CFTC’s Order found no issues relating to Tether’s current operations. In fact, the Order related to certain disclosures about the reserves from more than two and a half years ago. As the Order recognizes, these issues were fully resolved when the terms of service were updated in February 2019.

As to the Tether reserves, there is no finding that tether tokens were not fully backed at all times—simply that the reserves were not all in cash and all in a bank account titled in Tether’s name, at all times. As Tether represented in the Order, it has always maintained adequate reserves and has never failed to satisfy a redemption request.

The CFTC’s findings regarding Bitfinex relate to the timing and implementation of its ban on U.S. customers, and the CFTC’s Order makes no finding of a violation after December 2018.

This inquiry arose during a markedly different time in our ecosystem, and focused on the same types of challenges that many in our industry faced at the time. As many companies around the world do, Tether agreed to resolve this matter in order to move forward and focus on the future.We are grateful that the market has consistently demonstrated its trust and confidence in Tether. 

We will continue to earn that confidence and lead the industry in innovation and transparency.