Fed Chairman officially recognizes stablecoins as a form of currency

Fri 23 Jun 2023 ▪ 2 min of reading ▪ by Luc Jose A.
Getting informed Crypto regulation

Unlike other cryptos, stablecoins inspire relatively more confidence among users. This is due to the stability of their value, which correlates with that of a fiat currency. However, their monetary status had never been officially recognized. At least, until Jerome Powell, Chairman of the US Federal Reserve (Fed), did so. Is this a turning point?

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Stablecoins are a form of currency according to Jerome Powell

On Wednesday June 21, Jerome Powell made a surprising statement regarding stablecoins. According to the head of the Fed, these cryptos, used among other things to settle transactions, are a form of currency.

As such, they should be subject to greater regulatory intervention by the US central bank. At least, that’s the view he shared at a congressional hearing.

It should be noted that in many ways, Jerome Powell is somewhat stirring things up. Indeed, his statement that stablecoins constitute a form of currency is unprecedented. Until now, no U.S. official had publicly recognized the monetary nature of these cryptocurrencies.

Stablecoins are expected to be the subject of further parliamentary discussions to establish the legislation that will be applied to them. The House Financial Services Committee has already scheduled the review of two cryptocurrency-related bills for the end of next month, although the outcome of this review remains uncertain.

It is worth noting that similar parliamentary debates were held last year on the question of cryptocurrency regulation. However, these discussions did not lead to concrete results, largely due to divergent opinions on the role of the Fed in this context.

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Luc Jose A. avatar
Luc Jose A.

Diplômé de Sciences Po Toulouse et titulaire d'une certification consultant blockchain délivrée par Alyra, j'ai rejoint l'aventure Cointribune en 2019. Convaincu du potentiel de la blockchain pour transformer de nombreux secteurs de l'économie, j'ai pris l'engagement de sensibiliser et d'informer le grand public sur cet écosystème en constante évolution. Mon objectif est de permettre à chacun de mieux comprendre la blockchain et de saisir les opportunités qu'elle offre. Je m'efforce chaque jour de fournir une analyse objective de l'actualité, de décrypter les tendances du marché, de relayer les dernières innovations technologiques et de mettre en perspective les enjeux économiques et sociétaux de cette révolution en marche.


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