IMF and FSB Release ‘Policies for Crypto Assets’ at G20 Request


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In a significant move, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) jointly released a synthesis paper entitled “Policies for Crypto Assets”. This publication was initiated by the Indian G20 Presidency, indicating a growing global interest in setting clear guidelines for the burgeoning crypto sector.

A Comprehensive Look at Crypto Policies

On Thursday, the IMF and the FSB disclosed their collaborative effort with the unveiling of the synthesis paper. It was crafted with a primary goal to amalgamate the efforts of both IMF and FSB in laying down regulatory recommendations, ensuring the crypto landscape remains void of macroeconomic and financial stability risks.

The report dives deep into the various aspects of crypto assets, ranging from potential risks, proclaimed benefits, implications on macroeconomic stability, and associated regulatory said:

“Widespread adoption of crypto-assets could undermine the effectiveness of monetary policy, circumvent capital flow management measures, exacerbate fiscal risks, divert resources available for financing the real economy, and threaten global financial stability”.

In their shared opinion, the IMF and the FSB highlighted, “A comprehensive policy and regulatory response for crypto-assets is essential to counter the inherent risks they pose to macroeconomic and financial stability … Comprehensive oversight of the crypto domain should form the bedrock to mitigate macroeconomic and financial stability threats.

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Crypto Bans

The report doesn’t shy away from discussing controversial topics, including the widespread debate around blanket bans on cryptocurrencies. The institutions pointed out, “Implementing blanket bans on all crypto-related activities, such as trading and mining, can prove to be challenging and resource-intensive. Moreover, owing to the global nature of cryptocurrencies, such prohibitions can elevate financial integrity risks and introduce inefficiencies.

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They further emphasized the unintended consequences of bans, noting, “Such prohibitions in one region can push the activities to other regions, escalating spillover risks. Opting for a ban isn’t a straightforward decision. It necessitates a thorough evaluation of money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF) threats, alongside other considerations like potential capital flight and broader public policy objectives.

As a culmination, the report brings forward the collective approach of the IMF, the FSB, and other global organizations, unveiling a roadmap to “guarantee a robust, adaptive, and well-coordinated deployment of a holistic policy response to crypto assets.

This collaboration underscores the world’s major economies’ recognition of the potential and risks of crypto assets and their commitment to developing a balanced global approach to their regulation.

Find out the Full Report Here

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