Japan: Messaging Giant LINE Launches Trading of Its LINK Token on Native Exchange

Japanese messaging app provider LINE Corporation announced that its newly-developed LINK (LN) token is now tradeable on its native BITBOX cryptocurrency exchange in a press release Tuesday, October 16.

LINE, which launched BITBOX in July, will offer trading against three cryptocurrency assets – Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Tether (USDT) – out of a total of thirty currently available on the exchange. BITBOX does not offer fiat trading.

In future, LN holders will be able to spend their holdings in LINE’s decentralized application (DApp) system, also currently under development, the press release notes.

“We’re very pleased that users are now able to trade LN on BITBOX, which is a major step forward in our plans for creating a token economy,” LINE CEO Takeshi Idezawa commented in the release, continuing:

“We think it is important to promote co-creation and mutual growth with LINK, while ensuring BITBOX continues to develop as a user-friendly platform that adds value to those who use it and contribute to our services.”

Along with promotional activities such as an airdrop of TRON (TRX) tokens for LN holders, the move marks the latest step in the company’s continued efforts to embrace the crypto economy.

As Cointelegraph reported in August, LINE’s Hong Kong-based subsidiary Unblock launched a $10 million “corporate token fund” with the aim of “boosting the development and adoption of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.”

Separately, internet conglomerate GMO Internet Co. Ltd revealed plans earlier this month to launch a cryptocurrency stablecoin pegged to the Japanese yen.

Peer Stablecoins are Showing 10% Premium against a Weak Tether

A mass exodus from the most popular dollar-pegged stablecoin Tether (USDT) has led to its devaluation against peer stablecoins.USDT on Monday broke away from its historically tight link with the US Dollar to touch 85 cents across multiple crypto-exchanges. As a result, a substantial USDT volume shifted to other cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, raising their price in an otherwise bearish market. Among the gainers were also other stablecoins whose per token value advanced against the dollar – as well as the Tether’s USDT.USDC, TrueUSD, GUSD among GainersTraders started to flee USDT in the wake of growing skepticism against its issuers. There were doubts about whether Tether was operating a fractional reserve to inflate the Bitcoin price artificially. But traders opted to pool their crypto funds into USDT to protect themselves against the market’s trademark volatility. The faith in Tether diminished at last on Monday amid speculation over its poor financial status and alleged BitFinex’s insolvency, an exchange whose CEO is the USDT issuer.Circle USD rising against the USD-pegAt the same time, stablecoins promising lower credit risk than USDT have shown up to 10% premium in their price against the USDT. Circle and Gemini, for instance, noted an impressive surge in their stablecoin prices against the dollar. While Gemini’s GUSD token surged as high as $1.05, Circle’s USDC established its new monthly high near $1.07, according to data available at CoinMarketCap.com.TrueUSD, stablecoin, also witnessed an increase in demand against the limited supply amid Tether’s negated price action.Bitcoinland:where a simple filthy statist buck is “worth” $1.08 on an exchange… because reasons: pic.twitter.com/ktQaaLHojb— Tim Swanson (@ofnumbers) October 15, 2018TrueUSD, Gemini and Circle are US-regulated entities and are liable to issue tokens backed by real fiat funds or face severe penalties. Tether, on the other hand, has been accused of ducking independent financial audits of its balance sheets in the past, to which it reasoned that the auditing procedures were “excruciatingly detailed.”Gemini stablecoin rising as Tether dropsIt demonstrates why a growing negative sentiment in Tether market is influencing USDT holders to fly to less risky alternatives like TrueUSD, USDC, and GUSD. Alex Kruger, in his interview to NewsBTC’s Chief Editor Joseph Young, had predicted the ongoing scenario earlier.“One should expect a great percentage of all USDT (Tether) holdings to migrate to GUSD (Gemini) and USDC (Circle),” he had said.Can Tether Reclaim $1?The USDT/USD is now undergoing a reversal action, the authenticity of which cannot be verified at the time of this writing. The tether issuer would need to settle community criticism once for all by opening their doors to independent financial auditors and make their balance sheets public. Unless that happens, one cannot look at the so-called stablecoin as a haven for safe crypto parking anymore.The recent market performance of Tether’s peers has proven that the community would jump the sides than stay in the superstition of stability.