Stablecoin News for the week ending Wednesday 25th May.

Here is our pick of the 3 most important Stablecoin news stories during the week.

Here come the Regulators!

After the failure in recent weeks of an Algo stablecoin (Terra) the Regulators have now got some red meat to stick their teeth into and propose sweeping regulations of the entire industry and this week they pounced.  

Regulators Are Paying Attention to UST (coindesk.com)

First, BIS led with concerns about a “shadow” financial system that could severely impact the existing Banks who are disadvantaged by not having a level playing field (I’m not making this up).

“This “shadow crypto financial system” serves both retail and institutional clients, such as dedicated investment funds. An uneven regulatory treatment across banks and crypto exchanges and significant data gaps suggest that a proactive, holistic and forward-looking approach to regulating and overseeing cryptocurrency markets is needed. It should focus on ensuring a more level playing field with regard to financial services provided by established financial institutions and intermediaries in the emerging crypto shadow financial system by introducing more stringent regulatory and supervisory oversight for the latter.”

BIS Working Paper 1013: Banking in the shadow of Bitcoin? The institutional adoption of cryptocurrencies

However, they then go onto admit that traditional Financial Institutions barely touch the stuff with total exposures of $188 million in 2021.  There are multiple individual Crypto Whales with substantially more exposure. 

Then followed the G7 “In particular, the G7 calls for rapid implementation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) ‘travel rule’ and stronger disclosure and regulatory reporting, for instance, as regards reserve assets backing stablecoins” 

G7 Finance Leaders Call for Swift and Comprehensive Crypto Regulation – Regulation Bitcoin News

So in summary, this week regulators grasped the opportunity to promote themselves as the solution and politicians were busy signalling that they were responding to popular demand.

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Alan Scott is an expert in the FX market and has been working in the domain of stablecoins for many years.  Twitter @Alan_SmartMoney

We have a self imposed constraint of 3 news stories per week because we serve busy senior Fintech leaders who just want succinct and important information.

For context on stablecoins please read this introductory interview with Alan “How stablecoins will change our world” and read articles tagged stablecoin in our archives. 

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