The long awaited “President’s Working Group on Financial Markets: Report on Stablecoins” was released today. The new report of these U.S. financial authorities has predicable conclusions: REGULATE.
For those who don’t know, Stablecoin is a class of cryptocurrencies that use a “stable” reserve asset, like the US Dollar or Gold, to peg their market value.
Today, stablecoins are primarily used in the United States to facilitate trading, lending, or borrowing of other digital assets, predominantly on or through digital asset trading platforms. Proponents believe stablecoins could become widely used by households and businesses as a means of payment. If well-designed and appropriately regulated, stablecoins could support faster, more efficient, and more inclusive payments options. Moreover, the transition to broader use of stablecoins as a means of payment could occur rapidly due to network effects or relationships between stablecoins and existing user bases or platforms.