Senate Ag Crypto Bill Lauds CFTC, Faces Many Obstacles
As we anticipated as the crypto debate continues, the Senate Agriculture Committee has sought to claim jurisdiction with a new, bipartisan bill granting the CFTC broad regulatory, supervisory, and enforcement powers over most digital-asset platforms and the assets traded on them.
ECB Study Favors CBDCs Over Private Crypto for Cross-Border Payments
A study released by the ECB today argues that CBDCs would be a cheaper, safer, and more effective vehicle for cross border payments for global transactions than privately-issued cryptoassets or stablecoins. Based on assessment of global, not just EU markets, the study thus has implications for those in the U.S. opposing a CBDC.
FRB-Minneapolis Renews Attack on Big-Bank Capital Resilience
Renewing its attack on big-bank capital ratios, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis today released its own stress-test conclusions, reinforcing its president’s longstanding view that the largest U.S. banks are woefully under-capitalized even though test results show considerable variance on a bank-by-bank basis as well as overall resilience.
FRB Philadelphia President Touts Fintech’s Financial Inclusion Potential
FRB Philadelphia President Patrick Harker today stated that fintech can increase financial inclusion, specifically citing buy-now pay-later products because they offer financial services to low- to moderate-income customers who would otherwise be locked out of traditional lending because they are more likely to be non-White, lower earning, and younger.