International banking regulatory body backtracks on stablecoins

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  • The Basel Committee seems less certain about stablecoins in new draft guidance on bank exposure to digital assets. 

A Switzerland-based organization that sets international banking standards released new proposed guidance for banks to manage exposure to digital assets that retracts previous draft rules for stablecoins.

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, which expects to finalize a new framework for banking standards by 2025, published a new version of proposed guidance for banks to follow around the handling digital assets, including “tokenized traditional assets, stablecoins and unbacked cryptoassets.”

The new draft incorporates stakeholder feedback and recent developments in crypto markets, like the algorithmic stablecoin crash last spring, and retracts an effort to allow stablecoins to be stress-tested based on whether they could be sold for an amount that closely tracks its peg value.


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Instead, it recommended stablecoin exposure for banks be supervised along existing prudential capital and liquidity requirements placed on traditional financial institutions, and that any testing of stablecoin exposure be done in addition to that, rather than instead of it.

Banks would also have to limit their exposure to certain tokens to less than 1% of their core equity assets — called Tier 1 capital — among other guidance, including criteria to determine which digital assets are safer than others.

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Colin oversees and contributes policy, regulatory, political, and legal coverage for The Block. Before joining The Block he covered congressional economic policy, including fintech legislation, for Bloomberg Industry Group and Politico, with additional stints at the Washington Examiner and American Banker. Colin is an alumnus of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Sewanee: The University of the South. 


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