The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) released its latest financial stability report on October 8th. The twice-yearly report analyzed the risks posed by stablecoin and called it an ‘emerging’ threat to financial stability.
The financial stability report issued by the FED provides an assessment on the US financial system where the FED analyzes asset valuations and vulnerability related to corporate and general household borrowing, financial leverage, and financing risk. The report then summarizes their impact on the stability of the US financial system.
According to the latest report, stablecoins and cryptocurrencies are the fifth-most serious ‘threat’ to financial stability, citing contents from the recent stablecoin report by the President’s Working Group (PWG) released on November 1.
Calling stablecoins an ‘emerging threat’, the FED report noted:
“Certain stablecoins, including the largest ones, promise to be redeemable at any time at a stable value in U.S. dollars but are, in part, backed by assets that may lose value or become illiquid. If the assets backing a stablecoin fall in value, the issuer may not be able to meet redemptions at the promised stable value.”
The report suggested that Stablecoins have the same structural vulnerabilities as Money Market Funds. Moreover, those vulnerabilities could amplify due to the lack of transparency and governance standards regarding their underlying assets.
In the FED’s spring edition report, the potential financial shock posed by cryptocurrencies and stablecoins stood at 9th spot. That means the risks posed by digital assets have jumped four places, higher than the potential shock caused by ‘climate/weather’.
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