Hong Kong-based First Digital introduces USD stablecoin

Quick Take

  • First Digital is introducing a new stablecoin that will be pegged to the U.S. dollar but regulated in Asia.
  • The announcement comes as Hong Kong introduces new regulatory framework for digital assets. 

Hong Kong-based qualified custodian and trust company First Digital is introducing a new stablecoin that will be pegged to the U.S. dollar but regulated in Asia.

Dubbed "First Digital USD," or FDUSD, the coin is intended to be backed on a one-to-one basis by one U.S. dollar or asset of equivalent fair value, the company said in a statement, adding that the reserves would be held in segregated accounts at institutions in Asia. 

The stablecoin is programmable and capable of enabling the execution of financial contracts, escrow services and insurance without intermediaries, First Digital said. 

"First Digital Labs will work closely with local and overseas regulatory authorities to ensure full compliance with current and future applicable laws and regulations, and First Digital Labs will participate in the shaping of their evolution, including the shaping of any regulatory regimes that FDUSD and/or First Digital may fall under in the foreseeable future," the company said in a statement. 

"Stablecoins provide increased stability, a form of remittance, a hedge against central bank policymakers who seek to influence their domestic currencies," it added.

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