Regulation of the crypto market is coming, but how it is coming and what the impact will be on crypto investors is still an unknown. Many of the early regulation is taking aim at the privacy inherently provided through the exchange and ownership of cryptoassets. However, some regulation may be inherently good for the average crypto investor. The European Union is discussing a bill to regulate cryptocurrency and the US President has directed members of his cabinet to begin studying the financial implications of crypto.
The FDIC wants the bank to notify them of all crypto-related activities and is requiring all US banks to provide to report these activities. The FDIC is looking to create a transparent regulatory environment by understanding what crypto-related activities the in which US banks are engaging. Additionally, in February a draft law was introduced in the US Congress that would require the FDIC to create a fund for stablecoin insurance.
The FDIC Directive
The Federal Deposit Insurance Commission of the United States has issued a letter telling financial institutions to notify the organization of all crypto-related activities. The commission ensures deposits at respective banks across the country. The letter sent to the respective banks under its wing mandated them to report all crypto activities to the director in their region. The letter boldly stated that the banks must inform them before and during any activities involving digital assets.
The commission will receive a report and issue feedback
In the statement issued by the commission, it is tough for the commission and banks to assess how safe and sound a crypto investment is to users. The commission also mentioned that it is also hard to know other essential things like financial stability and other things related to crypto activities.
This means that the FDIC wants to be able to get notifications on time to deliberate with the institutions involved about the risks involved. FDIC also wants to make available the much-needed feedback that institutions under its wings need when they consult them on issues related to crypto activities. However, the body has told institutions also to alert regulators in their states in the same vein.
FDIC wants a safer regulatory environment
The document noted that institutions must demonstrate a high level of responsibility in conducting crypto and other related activities safely. Most of the details buttressed in the said letter involve all the aspects that the FDIC thinks make up the safe and sound environment, financial stability, and protection of consumers. The FDIC was involved in a policy run with the OCC last year, where it documented all it found out last November.
In the document, the FDIC said it would provide clear regulations so that banks would know what kind of crypto activities are allowed in banking halls. It also said clearer guidelines would also be provided in the above category. In February, a representative of NJ shared a draft of a stablecoin act that he made with the public. If the said act is eventually passed into law, the FDIC will need to create a fund for stablecoin insurance. The Joe Biden directive on crypto also lists the FDIC as a party that will look into the extent of several measures carried out within states to protect investors dealing in digital assets.
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