United States payment systems operator The Clearing House has released its response to a Treasury Department request for comment on “digital-asset-related illicit finance and national security risks as well as the publicly released action plan to mitigate the risks.” The Clearing House found significant security serious risks associated with digital assets but was concerned that banks should have the same opportunities to participate in the market as nonbanks.
The Treasury Department issued its request for comments on Sept. 20 as part of its ongoing response to President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14067 from March 9, 2022, “Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets.” In its 22-page response letter, The Clearing House addresses some of the questions posed by the Treasury, and it highlights five main points that it sees as ways to mitigate national security and illicit finance risks posed by privately issued non-bank digital assets (many cryptocurrencies and stablecoins) and U.S. government tokens (central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs). The letter, dated Nov. 3, was made public on Nov. 10.
Leaders from #fintech and traditional financial services agree: a government token (central bank digital currency #CBDC) is a “perilous societal prospect” https://t.co/AO1Jo2Gm8L
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The Clearing House called for a federal prudential framework with standards for digital assets service providers that are equivalent to those for depository financial institutions engaged in functionally similar activities. Furthermore, banks “should be no less able to engage in digital-asset-related activities than nonbanks.”
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