IMF calls on global financial watchdog to lead crypto regulation push

Quick Take

  • The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has gained the IMF’s approval as a global leader for coordinating and setting crypto regulation standards.
  • An FSB report for G20 officials is anticipated in October on the regulation and supervision of stablecoins and other cryptoassets.

Two new reports by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on regulating stablecoins and unbacked cryptoassets have called on the Financial Stability Board (FSB) to set and lead global efforts on crypto regulation.

The reports, published on Monday, state that the watchdog is "well placed to take the lead in coordinating and establishing global standards to support national regulation of crypto assets,” as well as guiding the national implementation of regulation of crypto assets while considering sector-specific standards.

Some of the measures in the reports include the development of common global categories to inform cross-sectoral standards and guide data collection. They also tout a risk-based approach with additional requirements for “entities and activities that generate more risk” as well as recommending the backing of stablecoins with safe and liquid assets.

The FSB will report to G20 finance ministers and central bank officials in October on “high-level recommendations” regarding crypto and particularly stablecoins, according to a statement issued by the FSB from this summer.


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The IMF has also mentioned its close collaboration with FSB in the past in a blog post from December 2021 to develop regulatory frameworks for cryptoassets. The results of the collaboration are visible as the reports lean on the Basel-based organization’s existing research, frameworks and definitions as a basis for its recommendations.

The FSB was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis as a successor to the Financial Stability Forum.

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About Author

Inbar is a reporter covering crypto policy and regulation with a focus on Europe. Before The Block, she worked with several publications in Brussels including The Parliament Magazine and Are We Europe. Inbar holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from University College Utrecht and a master's degree in international politics from KU Leuven.