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UK regulatory approach to cryptoassets and stablecoins

Published: 2021-01-01

Organization: HM Treasury

Overview: Financial innovation has seen rapid change over recent years, accelerated further by the impact of Covid-19. Cryptoassets, offering new ways to transact, invest and store funds, have been part of this trend and could play an increasingly important role in the future. However, as will always be the case with a rapidly changing technological landscape, they also present new challenges and risks.

New and emerging forms of cryptoassets, such as stablecoins, which seek to stabilise their value, could be used as widespread means of payment, and potentially deliver improvements in cross-border transactions. At the same time, depending on scale and nature of use, these developments could pose similar financial stability and consumer risks as traditional regulated payment systems.


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