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Yellen calls for a unified regulatory approach to address risks in the digital asset market

TL;DR

  • Yellen emphasizes the need for federal oversight of stablecoins.
  • Pending bills seek to address regulatory gaps in crypto.
  • McHenry’s exit casts doubt on digital asset regulation.

In a recent hearing before the House Financial Services Committee, United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen emphasized the urgent need for federal oversight of stablecoins, calling for a unified regulatory approach applicable across all U.S. states. 

Yellen’s remarks underscored concerns over potential risks to investors and the financial system posed by the burgeoning digital asset landscape.

Yellen urges congressional action on stablecoins

During the hearing, Yellen highlighted the necessity for regulatory measures to address gaps in the oversight of digital assets, particularly stablecoins. She stressed the importance of safeguarding consumer and investor interests while mitigating risks to financial stability. 

Yellen’s call for regulatory clarity resonated with lawmakers, who are grappling with the complexities of the evolving crypto space.

Federal regulatory floor for stablecoins

A key focal point of Yellen’s testimony was the establishment of a federal regulatory framework to oversee stablecoin issuers, replacing the current fragmented state-by-state approach. Yellen argued that a unified regulatory stance would enhance transparency and accountability in the market, offering greater protection to stakeholders. 

She advocated for empowering federal regulators with the authority to assess and, if necessary, restrict the issuance of stablecoins by certain entities.

The impetus for regulatory action

Yellen reiterated concerns surrounding the absence of supervisory oversight by agencies like the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) over spot market commodities such as Bitcoin. She underscored the need for regulatory intervention to address potential risks emanating from the unregulated nature of stablecoin issuance. 

Yellen’s stance aligns with broader efforts within Congress to advance legislation aimed at enhancing regulatory clarity and consumer protection in the digital asset space.

Legislative developments and pending bills

The House Financial Services Committee previously passed two significant bills, namely the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act and the Clarity for Payment Stablecoins Act. 

These bills, aimed at bolstering regulatory oversight and enhancing transparency in the cryptocurrency sphere, await a full floor vote in the House. Yellen’s advocacy for federal oversight of stablecoins could further galvanize support for these legislative measures.

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