Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20230313)

USDC stablecoin repegs after US intervenes on SVB

Cryptocurrencies rallied and Circle’s USDC stablecoin repegged after the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve announced a range of measures to stabilize the banking system in the wake of Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB’s) demise, and said depositors at SVB would have access to their deposits on Monday, March 12, 2023. Also, the Federal Reserve announced its Bank Term Funding Program (BTFP), offering loans of up to one year in length to banks and other eligible depository institutions pledging U.S. Treasuries, agency debt and mortgage-backed securities, and other qualifying assets as collateral, all valued at par. The moves came as authorities also took possession of New York-based Signature Bank, the second failure of a crypto-relevant bank in a matter of days. [Read more at Reuters]

The IMF on the macrofinancial implications of crypto-assets

The IMF published a paper on the macrofinancial implications of crypto-assets that they had delivered to the G20 in February. It concluded that “a widespread proliferation of crypto assets comes with substantial risks to the effectiveness of monetary policy, exchange rate management, and capital flow management measures, as well as to fiscal sustainability… Moreover, changes may be required to central bank reserve holdings, and the global financial safety net, yielding potential instability… Finally, banks may lose deposits and have to curtail lending.” [Read more at the IMF]

Custodia Bank on the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve banking system “stabilization” measures:


Upcoming conferences, webinars and speaking engagements:

  • I’ll be providing an introduction to global CBDC developments (virtually) to a panel at the March 15 Digital Euro Association (DEA) Digital Money Academy with Ruslan Konurbayev (National Bank of Kazakhstan) , and Péter Fáykiss (Maygar Nemzeti Bank). [Register here]
  • I’ll be on a “public finance and the digital future” panel at the March 23-25 Willamette College of Law “Our Money, Our Future” (Hybrid) Conference in Salem, Oregon on March 24. [Register here]
  • I’ll be moderating the “CBDCs, Stablecoins, Commercial Bank Money Tokens – What is the Future of Money?” panel discussion at the Digital Euro Association (DEA) Digital Euro Conference on March 31 in Frankfurt. [Register with this link and the DECKIFFMEISTER20 code and get a 20% discount]
  • I’ll be moderating a panel on “what happens when the lights go out…different schemes for offline functionality” at the in-person Digital Currency Conference (DCC) in Mexico City on May 18. [Register here]

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