Monday, December 11, 2023

US Treasury Secretary reaffirms need for stablecoin regulation following UST crash

United States Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen referred to as on US lawmakers to develop a “constant federal framework” on stablecoins to deal with dangers to monetary stability.

In a Tuesday listening to of the Senate Banking Committee on the Monetary Stability Oversight Council Annual Report back to Congress, Yellen reiterated her earlier place calling for a regulatory framework on stablecoins, citing a November report from the President’s Working Group on Monetary Markets. As well as, the Treasury Secretary commented on TerraUSD (UST), the third-largest stablecoin by market capitalization, dropping to $0.67 within the final 24 hours.


“I believe [the situation with TerraUSD] merely illustrates that it is a quickly rising product and that there are dangers to monetary stability and we need a framework that is applicable,” stated Yellen.

Addressing inquiries to Yellen, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey additionally identified that UST was an algorithmic stablecoin, “not backed by money or securities.” The Treasury Secretary added it could be “extremely applicable” to purpose for a “constant federal framework” on stablecoins by the top of 2022 given the expansion of the market. She referred to as for bipartisanship amongst members of Congress to enact laws for such a framework.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen addressing members of the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday

In her written testimony for the listening to, Yellen stated the Monetary Stability Oversight Council was engaged on a report in compliance with United States President Joe Biden’s government order on digital property, figuring out potential dangers to monetary stability in addition to any gaps in regulatory oversight. The order referred to as for a number of authorities companies to coordinate and consolidate coverage as a part of efforts to develop a nationwide framework on crypto.

Associated: Secretary Yellen acknowledges ‘advantages of crypto’ regardless of lingering skepticism

Serving as Treasury Secretary within the Biden administration since January 2021, Yellen has beforehand stated cryptocurrencies characterize a “specific concern” for the federal government division, associating many token tasks with “illicit financing” and cash laundering. Lots of her latest public statements on coverage in regards to the crypto area appear to have centered on stablecoins and establishing an applicable regulatory framework.