Tether dominates Brazil as bitcoin, ether fall out of favor

Quick Take

  • The tax authority reported that the total value of transactions in USDT saw a jump of 58% in 2022 compared to a year earlier.
  • Brazil has embraced digital assets, passing a law in December regulating cryptocurrencies.

In a country where economic instability is as common as coconuts, Brazilians appear to favor the stablecoin tether as their cryptocurrency of choice.

The federal tax authority, which compiles data from foreign and local exchanges on cryptocurrency usage, said that the value of all transactions for tether jumped 58% last year compared to a year earlier. Bitcoin and ether, also widely used, saw decreases of more than 60% from 2021. 

Last year, Brazil approved a law regulating cryptocurrencies, a major step forward as the country embraces digital assets. 

The main use case for Brazilians is as a speculative investment, Chainalysis reported Thomaz Fortes, the crypto lead at Brazil's Nubank, as saying.

“Customers want a way to expand their earnings,” he said in October. “The retail growth in the number of users in crypto has been much faster than in the equities market."


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Nubank reached 1.8 million crypto customers about four months after launching the service.   

Cryptocurrency-related revenue in the country is expected to show an annual growth rate of 15.25% between 2023 and 2027, Statista reported.

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Christiana is a long-time journalist who has written about markets in the Americas, politicians who stashed cash in their underwear and high-end heels, to name just a few. She previously spent six years at Bloomberg, and her work has appeared in the WSJ, LA Times, Insider, Vogue Business and more. Christiana has a bachelor's degree in English from Pace University and a master's degree in journalism from New York University. She completed a master's degree in media psychology for fun.


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