Digital assets belong in traditional banking, ex-U.S. regulator says

Quick Take

  • Former top U.S. banking regulator sees more room for digital currency projects in traditional banks.
  • Regulators might view increased exposure to digital assets warily, said an executive with Chain Bridge Partners, a regulatory advisory firm.
  • The executives spoke at the Bank Policy Institute annual conference in New York on Tuesday.

More crypto business and innovation should be moved into the traditional banking industry, at least according to some bankers and a former bank regulator.

“The federal government doesn’t want basically unregulated third parties basically creating their own currency,” Gene Ludwig, a former top U.S. banking regulator who now runs a regulatory consultancy firm, said at the Bank Policy Institute annual conference in New York on Tuesday.

Instead of experimenting with a central bank digital currency, regulators should “allow banks to play more aggressively in the crypto market,” Ludwig said. “If we’re going to allow crypto at all, the banking industry is the right place to do it, because it is regulated."

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