• OCC banks can use stablecoins
    Regulation

    In a ‘huge’ win, regulator says banks can make payments with stablecoins

    Circle’s Jeremy Allaire said the ruling by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ‘helps put the U.S. in a leadership position in embracing the power of public blockchains’

    Allaire said Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks’ latest move is “a HUGE way to start 2021, the year that crypto and stablecoins go mass market!” He added, "the significance of this can’t be understated.”

  • STABLE Act would destabilize stablecoins
    Cryptocurrencies,  Opinion,  People,  Regulation

    STABLE Act could destabilize stablecoins

    Industry leaders say the proposed legislation would cripple innovation by subjecting the fiat-backed cryptocurrencies to traditional banking regulations

    The Stablecoin Tethering and Bank Licensing Enforcement—or STABLE—Act seeks to “protect consumers from the risks posed by emerging digital payment instruments, such as Facebook’s Libra and other Stablecoins currently offered in the market, by regulating their issuance and related commercial activities,” its sponsors said.

  • OCC banks cannot discriminate crypto
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics,  Regulation

    Treasury Dept says banks cannot discriminate against industries like crypto

    Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks, a former Coinbase executive, issued another ruling aiding cryptocurrency companies

    Targeting one of the cryptocurrencies biggest complaints, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency proposed a rule on Nov. 20 that would require banks to “provide access to services, capital, and credit based on the risk assessment of individual customers, rather than broad-based decisions affecting whole categories or classes of customers.”

  • FinCEN bank warning crypto
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics,  Regulation

    FinCEN’s mixed message on banks and crypto

    Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Director Kenneth Blanco’s warning that banks can expect tough questions about cryptocurrencies comes in the wake of other Treasury Department rulings encouraging custody service for crypto and stablecoins

    Taken together, the encouraging letter from acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks and stark warning from Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Director Kenneth Blanco present a very mixed message to banks and other financial institutions. Both agencies are part of the U.S. Treasury Department.