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Stablecoin growth is ‘exponential,’ deserves ‘attention’

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Whereas a presentation yesterday from Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren has some members of cryptoTwitter spooked on the concept of regulation and oversight, the central financial institution may merely be pondering the longer term. 

In a presentation titled “Financial Stability,” Rosengren recognized the stablecoin Tether by identify as part of three totally different “Financial Stability Challenges.” The challenges included dangers to the housing market, the necessity for emergency lending services in instances of crises, and “periodic disruptions to short-term credit markets,” the place Tether was famous as one potential disruptor.

A follow-up slide famous that stablecoins are quickly rising in marketcap, and now are roughly 20% the dimensions of the whole AUM for prime cash market mutual funds:

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“The reason we should be a bit concerned about stablecoin is that its growing very rapidly so there’s exponential growth in stablecoin,” Rosengren mentioned in an interview with Yahoo Finance. “[…] I do think we need to think more broadly about what could disrupt short term credit markets over time, and certainly stablecoins are one element.”

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Whereas Avanti Monetary group CEO Caitlin Lengthy rang the alarm bells that this could possibly be a harbinger of the Federal Reserve laying the groundwork for a regulatory framework for stablecoins, Rosengren in the end gave the impression to be taking a extra tempered view.

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Once more, each single USD in the end clears through the Fed, which implies the Fed has jurisdiction over USD #stablecoins. It issues that the Fed is saying this. Caveat emptor, of us. pic.twitter.com/iWkO7AoUpn

— Caitlin Lengthy (@CaitlinLong_) June 25, 2021

Rosengren famous that the rise of stablecoins aren’t a risk to credit score markets on their very own, however as a substitute must be evaluated when it comes to the dangers they could pose in the event that they proceed to develop as a section of credit score markets, and to what diploma the Fed may backstop stablecoin-dominated markets:

“I do worry that the stablecoin market that is currently, pretty much unregulated as it grows and becomes a more important sector of our economy, that we need to take seriously what happens when people run from these type of instruments very quickly. And just like the money market funds caused a bad disruption in credit markets, I think a future financial stability problem could be occurring if we don’t start thinking carefully about what happens to things like stablecoins next time we have a bad market difficulty.”

Rosengren additionally famous that “We actually had a stablecoin that ran into financial difficulties last week,” however declined to call which. Moreover, regardless of being requested twice by anchor Brian Cheung, Rosengren declined to say whether or not the Fed would step in to “backstop” Tether or different stablecoins in the event that they ever posed a threat to broader credit score markets. 

He famous, nevertheless, that Tether’s backing and the backing of different stablecoins “basically looks like a portfolio of a prime money market fund but maybe riskier,” and as such liquidity injected into cash markets in instances of disaster would successfully backstop Tether as nicely.

Tether disclosed for the primary time in March their full reserve steadiness sheet, and in February settled with the NYAG a swimsuit that mentioned they improperly reported the diploma to which the stablecoin was backed by fiat.

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