Fed official: Stablecoins pose a threat, but could present innovative opportunities

US financial leaders are taking a hard look at crypto, from both a regulatory and innovative perspective. 

Among the arguments being made today: The Federal Reserve needs to step up its oversight of the stablecoin ecosystem, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency — which oversees the American banking system — could benefit from increased tokenization, officials said Tuesday at the DC Fintech Week event in Washington. 

“It’s really important for us to learn about new technology all the time,” said Michael Barr, the Fed’s Vice Chair for supervision. “There’s obviously a lot of innovation happening in the private sector around stablecoins and we want to make…

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