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Federal Reserve Creates Specialized Team to Monitor Cryptocurrency

Key Takeaways
  • The Federal Reserve has formed a new team to monitor the cryptocurrency industry
  • The team will focus on assessing potential risks to financial stability posed by cryptocurrencies
  • This move highlights the growing importance of cryptocurrencies in the global financial landscape
10-Mar-2023 By: Simran Mishra
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Federal Reserve Creates Specialized Team to Monitor Cryptocurrency

The United States Federal Reserve is keeping a watchful eye on the rapidly evolving cryptocurrency industry and has established a specialized team of experts to monitor developments in this space. The move comes in response to concerns about the unregulated nature of stablecoins

Vice Chair for Supervision Michael Barr acknowledged the potentially transformative impact of cryptocurrencies on the financial system but emphasized the importance of appropriate guardrails to ensure that the benefits of innovation are realized. The new crypto team will assist the Federal Reserve in staying abreast of the latest developments in the sector and help the organization learn from new advancements.

However, regulation is a delicate process that requires careful consideration. Barr stressed the importance of striking a balance between over-regulation, which could stifle innovation, and under-regulation, which could lead to significant harm to households and the financial system. 

During a recent speech, Attorney General William Barr expressed concern about stablecoins, a subsect of cryptocurrency. He highlighted that many stablecoins in circulation have illiquid assets backing them, making it difficult to convert them into cash when needed. 

Barr warned that this mismatch in value and liquidity could lead to a classic bank run, putting households, businesses, and the broader economy at risk. He believes that unless the Fed regulates stablecoins, their widespread adoption could have disastrous consequences.

Interestingly, Caitlin Long, CEO of Custodia Bank, which has been consistently rejected from joining the Federal Reserve System, pointed out the irony in Barr's comments. She believes that Silvergate Bank collapsed due to liquidity issues arising from a bank run. Long's observation highlights the need for a comprehensive regulatory framework that ensures stability and transparency in the cryptocurrency market.

As the world becomes increasingly digital, it is crucial to address the risks associated with emerging technologies like stablecoins. Long highlighted the ongoing challenges that Silicon Valley Bank is currently facing.

The bank's shares experienced a significant drop following a financial update on March 8th, which revealed that it had sold $21 billion worth of its holdings at a loss of $1.8 billion. This disclosure has raised concerns that the bank was compelled to sell its assets to free up capital. 

The Federal Reserve's decision to establish a dedicated team of experts is a clear indication of its commitment to staying ahead of the curve in the rapidly evolving world of cryptocurrencies, taking a proactive approach to addressing potential risks and ensuring that the financial system remains stable and secure

Also, read - Silicon Valley Bank Raises Concerns with Significant Sale of Assets and Stocks

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