Full article: https://medium.com/@untetheredbtc/how-the-tether-usdt-distribution-system-works-84a5c673bec0
The article is somehow badly written, so here is a short summary:
CryptoCapital - Panamanian Financial services company (launched by HAVELOCKINVESTMENTS) claiming to be a
bankand licensed crypto exchange(the author has proof both are false).
HAVELOCKINVESTMENTS - Announced partnership between Coinapult and Cryptocapital
Coinapult and Cryptocapital are connected through Ira Miller (ex-CEO of Coinapult, also developed Cryptocapital's internal tech)
Where Tethers come into play: Coinapult offers a service known as LOCK where you lock the value in usd of your bitcoins in order to hedge against fluctuations. The Author has evidence and is sure that Coinapult, to "protect" the value in usd of the coins (bitcoins & dash) its LOCK feature users deposit, simply converts them into Tethers but claims instead that deposits are insured by CryptoCapital. The author also notes that Coinapult's Bitcoin price feed is taken from Bitfinex which proves they are converting them into tethers (also run by Bitfinex).
How/Why Tethers are printed: Coinapult offers its LOCK feature to Mycelium and a DASH wallet. People who deposit bitcoins/dash coins with Mycelium and decide to LOCK the value of their investments in USD trigger the issuance of fresh tether tokens (through Coinapult and Cryptocapital). Beware that these people think they are insured by Cryptocapital but all cryptocapital does to insure them is to convert their coins into "Tethers". This makes particular sense if you think that only a couple of weeks ago a bitfinex employee commented in a Tether thread saying "what if tethers are bought with other cryptos".
Coinapult also works with Safello, an exchange with a dozen thousand users, and with DASH wallet(s).
Important Note: The Author points out how Coinapult went from being b2c (business-to-consumer) to a b2b entity (business-to-business) since the release of its lock feature. This means that Coinapult only works with businesses. In other words it offers its service to Safello and Mycelium in bulk, it doesn't deal with users individually.
Roger Ver: The Author is suspicious that Roger knows about Coinapult & CryptoCapital (Roger is an investor in Coinapult), the Tether mechanism used to "LOCK" bitcoin/dash holdings, and converted his 40k BTC into BCH to get out of the loop. The Author thinks so because Kraken (an exchange where Ver was an early investor) did business in the past with the Cryptocapital and because Ver has a stake in Safello so must be aware of the LOCK feature integration. The Author also mentions Roger's "somewhat confused" reaction when asked about Tethers in his recent AMA. In other words, the Author says Roger knows more than he says and this is one of the reasons he got out of bitcoin.
Author's Conclusion: If in a market crash the millionaires using the LOCK feature of Coinapult head over Coinapult to claim the locked value of their investments, they are probably not going to back the initial value (because they have been converted into tethers and not all tethers are backed by usd) but can hope at most to get back the initial coins they deposited. Also this can happen only if the coins have been kept safely in Bitfinex's vaults (bitfinex issues Tethers to Coinapult/Cryptocapital)
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