The Fed carried out a “Policy Sprint” around crypto assets in order to create regulatory clarity
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System announced that it recently worked with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on a series of The Sprint Policy aimed at providing regulatory clarity in cryptocurrencies . spatial. The interdisciplinary efforts include building a better understanding of the terminology surrounding crypto assets, identifying potential risks and analyzing existing regulatory frameworks in order to identify any changes.
According to the Fed, the three agencies plan to address whether “certain crypto-related activities of banking institutions are legally permissible” by 2022, in addition to possibly regulating compliance and enforcement standards with applicable laws and regulations regarding custody services that Buying and selling cryptocurrencies, crypto-secured loans, HODLing and stablecoin issuance. The trio also intends to consult with the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, a global committee of banking regulators and central banks that makes recommendations for banks considering holding money.
“The emerging crypto asset sector presents potential opportunities and risks for banking institutions, their customers and the financial system as a whole,” the Fed said. “Interdisciplinary sprints develop rapidly and build on the combined knowledge of agencies and help to identify and evaluate key problems in connection with the operational potential of crypto assets realized by banking institutions.”
The announcement comes after a November 1 report by the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, which found that legislation was “urgently needed” to address the potential financial risks of stablecoins. Right now, a legislative tug-of-war seems to be brewing between U.S. government agencies over regulating the crypto space, with much of the force behind the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Department.
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