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Hong Kong begins discussions to introduce stablecoin regulatory framework

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Hong Kong’s central banking establishment, the Hong Kong Financial Authority (HKMA), launched a questionnaire to gauge public opinion on laws for crypto-assets and stablecoins. The state-backed regulator intends to ascertain a regulatory framework by 2023-24.

HKMA’s “Dialogue Paper on Crypto-assets and Stablecoins” highlights the explosive development of the stablecoin market by way of market capitalization since 2020 and the concurrent regulatory suggestions put forth by worldwide regulators together with the US’ Monetary Motion Job Power (FATF), the Monetary Stability Board (FSB) and The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS).

Market Capitalization of Crypto-assets. Supply: HKMA

According to the HKMA, the present dimension and buying and selling exercise of crypto-assets might not pose an instantaneous risk to the steadiness of the worldwide monetary system from a systemic viewpoint. Nevertheless, the dialogue paper warned:

“The rising publicity of institutional traders to such belongings as a substitute for or to enhance conventional asset lessons for buying and selling, lending and borrowing […] point out rising interconnectedness with the mainstream monetary system.”

Market Capitalization of Main Stablecoins. Supply: HKMA.

Based mostly on the above determine, HKMA’s paper exhibits that the worldwide market capitalization stood at about $150 billion in December 2021, “representing about 5% of the general crypto-asset market.” The regulator has additionally shared an inventory of eight questions to hunt policy-related suggestions citing 5 attainable regulatory outcomes — no motion, opt-in regime, risk-based regime, catch-all regime and blanket ban:

Attainable coverage choices for regulating crypto-assets. Supply: HKMA.

HKMA expects stakeholders to submit their responses by thirty first March 2022, and goals “to introduce the brand new regime no later than 2023/24.”

Main jurisdictions’ regulatory stance in direction of stablecoins. Supply: HKMA.

On an finish word, the regulator acknowledged that payment-related stablecoins have the next potential for being integrated into the mainstream monetary system and even day-to-day industrial and financial actions. 

Because of this, the HKMA considers increasing the scope of the Cost Methods and Saved Worth Amenities Ordinance (PSSVFO), a regulation that determines the legality of economic merchandise. 

Associated: Hong Kong real estate giant leads $90M raise for crypto bank Sygnum

Complementing the native authorities’s pro-crypto intentions, certainly one of Hong Kong’s largest property builders Solar Hung Kai invested $90 million in Sygnum, a Swiss financial institution devoted to digital asset holding.

As Cointelegraph reported, the Collection B funding spherical brings Sygnum’s post-money valuation to $800 million, marking a tenfold surge in consolidated revenues from 2021.