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A stablecoin (or stable coin), as its name indicates, is a stable cryptocurrency designed to be resistant to the type of price volatility synonymous with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether.
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What is stablecoin? In terms of what we measure the "stability". Understand stablecoin in different features. Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)

Bitpay Now Supports Binance's Stablecoin For Global Payments
Binance and Bitpay have partnered to enable consumers and merchants to access Binance stablecoin.

Canadian Dollar Stablecoin QCAD Launched for Mass Market
Canada Stablecorp Inc. has launched a new regulated Canadian Dollar stablecoin called “QCAD”.

Global Currency Organization Launches New USD Stablecoin USDD
The Global Currency Organization (GCO) has launched a new USDD token, a US dollar-backed stablecoin, intended for revenue sharing in institutions.

Stablecoin Reserves May Be Held in National Banks, US Treasury Office Provides Insight
The OCC announced that national banks and federal savings associations could hold reserves for customers with stablecoin assets.

Thai Central Bank Issues Stern Warning about Thai Baht Digital (THT) Stablecoin
The Bank of Thailand is warning citizens against using the illegal THT stablecoin.

Tether becomes First Stablecoin to be Integrated into Algorand 2.0 Blockchain
Tether, a reputable stablecoin provider, has incorporated its U.S. dollar-backed stablecoin USDT into Algorand’s blockchain ecosystem. Tether’s presence on Algorand will facilitate block confirmation in less than four seconds and transaction fees will be a fraction of a cent.

Ethereum Continues to Grow with the Majority of Stablecoin Projects Leveraging its Network
Ryan Watkins, a researcher at Messari, believes that the numerous stablecoin protocol experiments on the Ethereum network are impressive.

Tether Launches Stablecoin Backed by Offshore Chinese Yuan
Reported in late August, Tether had made plans to add a new stablecoin pegged to the Chinese Yuan, named “CNHT.”

Tether Plans to Issue Stablecoin Backed by Chinese Yuan
Tether has been reportedly working on a new stablecoin pegged to the Chinese Yuan. The stablecoin project named “CNHT” came from the intention of Zhao Dong, one of the shareholders of the Bitfinex crypto exchange.

US Lawmakers Want STABLE Act to Force Stablecoin Issuers to Secure Bank Charters
US lawmakers have introduced a new bill to Congress seeking to impose federal control over the entire stablecoin industry and would mandate issuers to secure bank charters.

Pickle Finance DeFi Protocol Loses $19.7 Million In DAI Stablecoin in “Massive” Hack
Pickle Finance becomes the latest DeFi Protocol to suffer from hacking, losing almost $20 million in DAI stablecoin.

Stablecoins Could Threaten Monetary Sovereignty and Financial Stability, Says ECB’s Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde, the president of the European Central Bank (ECB), has highlighted that stablecoins could pose a serious threat to monetary sovereignty and financial stability.

Hong Kong Resumes Discussion on Stablecoin Regulation, Offering 5 Options to the Public
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has published a discussion paper in which it is soliciting the public’s contributions to its proposed regulatory approach to digital currencies and stablecoins.

US Treasury Department Warns Regulators of Potential Risks of Digital Assets
The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) of the US Treasury Department has released its annual report with a crucial warning of digital assets disruption.

MAS Seeks to Ban All Forms of Crypto Credits in Singapore
The Monetary Authority of Singapore wants crypto service providers to avoid issuing credits for consumers to trade crypto

Stablecoins Pose Risks to Financial Stability: Yellen
The instability of the UST stablecoin has pushed the United States Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, to advocate for introducing a tighter regulatory framework to govern the entire stablecoin offshoot of the crypto ecosystem.

US CFTC Holds Meeting on Stablecoins Joined by Paxos, MakerDAO and JPM Coin Executives
The United States Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) held a meeting earlier this week to study the potential impact of the stablecoin industry. The derivatives regulator met with stablecoin industry experts to understand its future implications.

UK Finance Ministry Proposes Safety Net Measures against Stalling Stablecoins
The proposals presented by the British finance ministry are aimed to mitigate risks related to stablecoins amid the recent TerraUSD de-pegging fiasco.

Fed Governor Warns ECB Forum that Libra Risks are Immense
The Governor of the Federal Reserve, Lael Brainard warned a European Central Bank (ECB) forum in Germany, that the risks posed by the potential mainstream adoption of the Facebook proposed stablecoin Libra, are too immense.

UK Treasury Drafting Private Stablecoin Regulations and Researching CBDC with BoE
The United Kingdom’s Treasury Department has announced it is drafting private stablecoin regulation while it continues central bank digital currency (CBDC) research.

Privately Issued, Regulated Digital Crypto Might Better than CBDC, Says Australian Central Bank
Australian central bank boss admits that private digital tokens could be better and their benefits will be enhanced if regulatory arrangements are made right.

Singapore's MAS to Open Public Consultation on Stablecoins Soon
Singapore’s apex bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), is ramping up plans to open up discussions with the public for stablecoin regulations.

IMF to Play a Crucial Role in Monitoring Digital Money Evolution
The IMF is set to play a crucial role in monitoring the advancement of digital currencies.

Japanese Lawmakers to Introduce New Bill, Empowering Crypto Seizure
In a bid to strengthen its regulatory landscape, Japanese lawmakers are reportedly looking forward to amending the Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Proceeds of Crime (1999)

Canada's Federal Government Begins Consultations on Digital Currency
The federal government of Canada announced in a budget address that it has started discussions on cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and central bank digital currencies.

OCC Head Brian Brooks Testifies Before Senate On Cryptocurrency and Stablecoins
The OCC Boss, Brian Brooks has testified before the US Senate Banking Committee about the growing use of cryptocurrencies and stablecoins in the country

FTX Shares 10-Point Regulatory Proposals to American Congress
Cryptocurrency trading platform FTX Derivatives Exchange has published a 10-point regulatory proposal, aims at helping American regulators to provide better regulatory oversight of the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem.

BoE's Committee Recommends Taking a Closer Look on Crypto Regulation
In its latest Financial Stability Report, the Financial Planning Committee (FPC), an offshoot of the Bank of England has recommended pushing for an ‘enhanced’ regulatory framework.

Bitfinex and Tether's Appeal Rejected by New York Judge
Judge Cohen reportedly decided to give a 90-day extension to the case, which will give the New York Attorney General’s office to continue investigating. Judge Cohen also dismissed Bitfinex and Tether’s motion to appeal after the ruling.

EU Plans to Bar Interest Payments on Deposits in Stablecoins
Patrick Hansen, the head of Strategy at DeFi startup, Unstoppable Finance, said the expected MiCA bill could come as early as this month’s ending.

Acting OCC Comptroller Urges Regulators to Collaborate with Crypto Intermediaries
Michael J. Hsu, the Acting Comptroller of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has advocated that regulators should collaborate with major crypto intermediaries in order to get a grasp of how the ecosystem functions.

UK Treasury Doubles Down on Stablecoin Regulations in New Bill
Zahawi presented the Financial Services and Markets Bill to the members of Parliament on Wednesday with a proposal to regulate stablecoins and "digital settlement assets" as a form of payment assets in the UK.

G7 Reports Stablecoins Like Libra Threaten Financial Security
According to the BBC, the G7 group of nations has drafted a report outlining nine major risks that digital currencies, such as Facebook’s proposed Libra, pose to the global financial system.

U.S. Financial Regulators Warn Crypto Firms to Tighten Stablecoin AML Risk Controls
U.S. regulators have issued a strict warning on money laundering risks associated with stablecoins and has warned providers to tighten AML protections and controls.

House Stablecoin Bill to Seek Two-year Ban on Issuing New Algorithmic Stablecoins
U.S. House of Representatives is drafting a new bill to impose a two-year ban on issuing new algorithmic stablecoins similar to TerraUSD (UST), according to Bloomberg.

Bank of England Solicits Funds to Enhance Crypto Crackdown
The Bank of England, through the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), is looking to raise as much as £321 million ($419 million) from the commercial institutions as it is planning to shore up its regulatory efforts in the digital currency ecosystem.

ECB Publishes New Stablecoin-Featured Framework for Overseeing Payments
The European Central Bank (ECB) has released a new framework geared towards overseeing all forms of electronic payments in the region, including those bordering on stablecoins.

European Central Bank Encourages Clear Regulatory Structure for Stablecoins to Reap the Benefits While Minimizing Potential Risks
The European Central Bank (ECB) published an in-depth report on global stablecoins, focusing on highlighting the requirement for clear regulatory parameters for stablecoins, and the risks it may pose to financial stability. The ECB suggests that a “robust regulatory framework” must be established to address risks before its benefits could be explored.

UK to Unveil Plans for Crypto Regulation, Eyeing Stablecoins
According to CNBC, the U.K. government will announce a cryptocurrency regulatory regime in the next few weeks, with a focus on stablecoins, and the details of the plan are still being actively discussed.

Will Crypto Assets Have a Future in Russia After All? State Duma Passes DFA Bill
The State Duma of Russia passed a law regarding digital financial assets (DFA) in the financial bill’s third reading, which determined the fate of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Janet Yellen Urges Regulators to Move Fast on Regulating Stablecoin Rules
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pushed top US financial regulators to speed up regulations of stablecoin cryptocurrencies.

EU Agreement on MiCA May Not Favor Stablecoins
After much deliberation and compromises from the European Commission, Assembly, and Council, a final agreement that builds the comprehensive framework for the digital currency ecosystem has finally been made

OCC Says US Banks Can Use Blockchains and Stablecoins in Bank Payments
According to the OCC, regulated banks in the US can leverage stablecoins to conduct payments as well as participate as validator nodes on blockchain networks called INVNs.

Japan’s Financial Regulator Proposes New Legislations, Limiting Stablecoin Issuance to Banks
Japan’s FSA is working on a legislation that is set to be introduced next year. The regulations seek to make it only wire transfer companies and banks can issue stablecoins.

Russian Policy Boss Wants to Block Cryptocurrencies, Says They Are Difficult to Regulate
Anatoly Aksakov, head of the State Duma Financial Market Committee, stated that the country should explore other options for crypto regulation.

Crypto Regulation Takes New Leap as European Council Adopts MiCA
The European Union is drawing closer to adopting the comprehensive Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) regulation as the European Council has passed the framework.

European Parliament Ratifies MiCA Framework in Landslide Vote
The long-awaited Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) regulation has just scaled through the European Parliament as MPs voted massively in favour of the bill.l

Bitfinex and Tether Claim Lawsuit Allegations of Market Manipulation are Baseless
BitFinex and Tether have officially spoken out against what they are describing as a baseless lawsuit, designed to undermine the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

Five EU Member States Take Position Against Stablecoins
Five members of the 27-member European Union Bloc has urged the body to pass regulations to stiffen the emergence and existence of stablecoins in the region

Lemonade to Offer Blockchain-Powered Climate Insurance for Farmers in Emerging Markets
American insurance company Lemonade has revealed the formation of Lemonade Crypto Climate Coalition which will offer blockchain-enabled climate insurance to the most vulnerable farmers across the globe.

Dai Stablecoin Reaches 100 Million in Debt Ceiling – An All-Time-High
The Dai (DAI) stablecoin reached the protocol’s built-in debt ceiling of 100 million as there has been 100 million Dai tokens minted. The nearly two-year-old stablecoin project had an original debt ceiling of 50 million, which was raised to 100 million in July 2018.

European Central Bank Plans to Take the Lead on Stablecoins
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde has urged the ECB to take the lead regarding stablecoins, citing increased interests in the space from central banks in Britain, Canada, and China.

FinTech Association of Hong Kong Supports HKMA's Risk-Based Approach to Regulate Stablecoins
The FinTech Association of Hong Kong said that it is in principle supportive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority's January discussion paper on crypto assets and stablecoins.

Mauritius Jumps on Digital Currency Bandwagon
The issuance of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) has been making airwaves with nations, such as China, leading the hype. The Bank of Mauritius, the central bank of the Republic of Mauritius, seeks to join this bandwagon based on an announcement that it wants to introduce a digital currency.

Paxos’ Blockchain Settlement Platform Goes Live with Settling Credit Suisse and Instinet Trades
New York-regulated stablecoin issuer, Paxos, launched its blockchain-based settlement platform, after announcing the service in late 2019. The new service enables settlement of US-listed equity trades between broker-dealers Swiss financial services firm Credit Suisse and Nomura Group-backed Instinet.

Switzerland’s Sygnum Crypto Bank Launches Swiss Franc-Backed Stablecoin to Facilitate Trading of Financial Assets
Sygnum, a Swiss-based crypto bank, has launched a fiat-based stable coin, DCHF token, tied to the Swiss Franc, in an effort to increase transaction efficiency by enabling faster payment when trading financial assets.

Libra Faces Competition as Celo Foundation Hands Out First Grants Expanding the Use of its Platform
Libra has been facing some competition as the Celo Foundation has awarded its first grants of $700,000 in total to 13 projects that expand the use of its platform.

Terra-Based Anchor Protocol Hits $12b in Total UST Deposits
Anchor Protocol, a lending and borrowing protocol built atop the Terra blockchain network, its total UST stablecoins deposit has hit 12 billion, a show of the massive embrace it is currently receiving from the Terra ecosystem.

Banks Are Increasingly Starting to Offer Cryptocurrency Services in 2020
Banks have increased their interest in cryptocurrencies. Many of them have decided to join the cryptocurrency market, either by offering investments in cryptocurrency or by exploiting the capabilities of blockchain technology, which is already used in various areas with financial services.

Marketlend Launches New Stablecoin Against the Australian Dollar for Security Token Purchasing
Marketlend creates a digital currency to be backed by the Australian dollars to create a secondary market for corporate loans prompting a means through which assets can be tokenized over the blockchain.

Fusion Hacked? CEO Says That 10M FSN Tokens are Gone
The blockchain-based financial platform, Fusion Network has announced a compromised wallet on Sept. 28. The Fusion swap wallet compromise resulted in a theft of 10 million native FSN tokens.

Ethereum Co-Founder: Facebook Not Fit to be Libra’s Driving Force
Joseph Lubin, Ethereum’s co-founder, has asserted that Facebook should not spearhead the Libra project based on the concerns raised about its reputation.

Crypto Tax Payments Permitted in Bermuda
Bermuda has started accepting tax payments using Circle's stablecoin known as USD Coin (USDC).

Tether Brings into Play Anti-Money Laundering Solutions with Chainalysis Tool
Tether, the most leveraged stablecoin provider based on market capitalization, has deployed a tool provided by Chainalysis, a blockchain analytical company, in its quest to have anti-money laundering (AML) compliance solutions

Recap on 2019 Blockchain Use Cases: Who Got Off the Ground?
A quick look at some of the most exciting blockchain use-cases of 2019.

Bruno Le Maire Insists He Cannot Support Facebook’s Libra
Since the social media giant, Facebook announced its plan to launch its digital currency known Libra, one critic has repeatedly made his opinion known. Bruno Le Maire cannot and will not support the stablecoin project.

G20 Agency Warns Countries of Systemic Risks Posed by Global Stablecoins
The Financial Stability Board (FSB), the G20 body that advises on ways to improve the global financial system, has published a study on the challenges, which stablecoins pose for the global economy. The FSB stated that regulatory frameworks have already covered several activities associated with stablecoins, although there are other risks that many national regulators could be left unprepared for.

Stablecoin and Its Potential Business Uses
Blockchain innovation has significantly changed the way we thought in the traditional financial sector. All of those concepts and business models, such as decentralization, cryptographic tokens, and digital ledger, also brought us more imaginations toward the future forms of money.

NYDFS Approved: Binance and Paxos New Stablecoin Collab & Paxos Gold-Backed Token
Crypto exchange giant Binance, and digital asset trust company Paxos recently announced their partnership to launch a USD-backed stablecoin. The announcement comes after the approval from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDPS). New York-based exchange and stablecoin operator, Paxos launched a gold-backed Ethereum-based token named Pax Gold (PAXG).

China’s Central Bank Digital Currency Research Unit Signs Deal with Huawei
The Chinese central bank, People’s Bank of China’s (PBoC) Digital Currency Research Institute has signed an agreement with multinational telecommunications giant Huawei.

Circle Denies Receiving 'Wells Notice' Over USDC
Circle's CSO refused SEC Wells notices for its USDC token.

Paxos Discusses BUSD Stablecoin With SEC Following Wells
Paxos CEO Charles Cascarilla said the business was "engaged in productive negotiations" with the SEC and will continue to communicate privately.

Binance CEO Responds to Forbes Article on Fund Shuffling
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao responded to a Forbes article that focused on the movement of funds by the cryptocurrency exchange. The article drew parallels between Binance and the now-defunct FTX and discussed the failed Voyager bid by Binance.US, as well as the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s planned legal action against Paxos Trust Company, the issuer of the Binance-branded stablecoin, Binance USD (BUSD). Binance transferred $1.8 billion in stablecoin collateral to hedge funds such as Tron, Amber Group and Alameda Research between August and December 2022. Binance says it still supports BUSD and is now looking into non-USD stablecoins.

Iran and Russia Seek A Gold-Backed Stablecoin
Iran and Russia are planning a gold-backed cryptocurrency. In Astrakhan, Russia began accepting Iranian goods, a stablecoin would function. Instead of utilizing dollars, rubles, or rials, the initiative would allow cross-border transactions.

Luna Foundation Says Plans to Repay Terra Investors Thwarted by Litigation Woes
The plans to compensate affected Terra users is still far from reality.

FTX Continues to Move Funds Amid Ongoing Investigations
Addresses associated with FTX and its subsidiary, Alameda Research, have reportedly transferred $145 million in stablecoins to various platforms, as the cryptocurrency exchange faces demands to return funds to different groups of investors amid ongoing investigations and lawsuits.

The UK is a step closer to launching a central bank digital currency
The Bank of England thinks crypto stablecoins and a central-bank-issued "digital pound" might coexist.

Binance sees surge in withdrawals amid spooked investors
Investors have pulled billions from Binance in the past day due to US Securities and Exchange Commission and New York Department of Financial Services action against BUSD and Paxos.

USDC Holders Panic Sell Amid Solvency Concerns
On March 10, concerns about the solvency of USD Coin (USDC) led several holders to panic sell their holdings and switch to other stablecoins. One user lost over 2 million USDC in a failed attempt to exchange them for Tether (USDT) using KyberSwap's decentralized exchange aggregator. Tron founder Justin Sun reportedly withdrew 82 million USDC and exchanged them for Dai (DAI) using Aave v2, while IOSG Ventures sold 118.73 million USDC for 105.67 million USDT and 2,756 Ether (ETH). The USDC price has since slowly recovered, and Circle, the company behind USDC, disclosed holding $3.3 billion at the Silicon Valley Bank.

Tether Holdings Hires Major Wall Street Firm to Manage Treasury Portfolio
Tether has recruited a Wall Street company to handle its Treasury holdings.

Circle Partners with Cross River Bank for USDC Production and Redemption
Circle has partnered with Cross River Bank for USDC production and redemption, as well as expanded relationships with other banking partners like BNY Mellon. The USDC stablecoin recently experienced a peg-breaking incident but has since recovered.

Circle's USDC Reserve Exposure and Potential Risks
Circle's latest audit report reveals that the company's exposure to the US banking system stands at nearly $9 billion, with its reserves held by a number of regulated financial institutions, including SVB, BNY Mellon, and Silvergate. However, recent events such as the shutdown of SVB and Silvergate's decision to shut down its crypto bank arm have raised concerns about potential risks for Circle and its stablecoin USDC.

Financial Services Reforms Advance UK Crypto Ambitions
The U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, laid out a number of reforms aiming to "drive growth and competitiveness" to the country's financial services sector. The reforms include consulting on proposals for the establishment of a central bank digital currency (CBDC), extending a crypto tax break for investment managers and creating a sandbox that lets firms and regulators test new technologies.

Japan to Adopt New Stablecoin Regulations
Japan's Financial Services Agency (FSA) is trying to legalise stablecoin distribution. New 2023 legislation enable stablecoins like Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USDC).

Poundtoken and BitcoinPoint will make the country's first 100% backed GBP stablecoin
Two UK firms employ ATM stablecoins to make Britain a "crypto centre."

Paxos Trust Company Disagrees With U.S. Securities
Paxos, a stablecoin issuer, received an SEC Wells notice earlier this month and "categorically denies" that BUSD is a securities.

Russia Collaborates With Other Countries to Setup Stablecoin Cross-border Clearing Platform
Russia is already working with several countries to establish clearing platforms for cross-border settlements of stablecoins, according to the state-backed TASS news agency.

Citizens Trust Bank Holds $65 Million in USD Coin reserves
Citizens Trust stated the USDC reserves would support financial literacy and small business funding.

Banks increase risks to stablecoins
The death of the Terra ecosystem triggered a bear market in 2022, causing losses in billions, affecting investor sentiment, and intensifying the regulatory spotlight over cryptocurrencies. Recently, Circle's disclosure that Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) did not process its $3.3 billion withdrawal request led to the depegging of its USD Coin (USDC). This event caused Binance CEO CZ to believe that traditional banks are a risk to stablecoins that are usually pegged 1:1 with fiat currencies, like the U.S. dollar.

Circle CEO Criticizes SEC Stablecoin regulations
As payment systems, stablecoins are not securities, according to Circle's CEO.

Circle's Stablecoin USDC Affected by Collapsed Bank
Circle's USDC stablecoin briefly de-pegged after news that $3.3 billion of its cash reserves were stuck with collapsed bank Silicon Valley Bank. USDC's dollar peg has since recovered, but mass redemptions have led to a drop in the stablecoin's market cap by nearly 10% since March 11.

Cryptocurrency Community Debates Fallout from Closure of Major American Banks
The closure of three major American banks that serve cryptocurrency firms, including Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, has sparked debate within the cryptocurrency community. The closure of Silicon Valley Bank, which held over $3.3 billion of USD Coin issuer Circle's $40 billion reserves, has caused particular concern. As a result, the cryptocurrency ecosystem is now exploring neobank services and other options to bridge the gaps exposed by the latest mainstream banking failure.

Tether Denies Receiving Any Loans From Celsius
Tether's chief technical officer Paolo Ardoino denied borrowing from Celsius in response to Celsius' examiner report.

Celsius Files for Permission to Sell Its Stablecoin Holdings
Celsius is seeking to generate liquidity through sales from its $23 million in stablecoin holdings.

Depegging of USDC and DAI Saves Borrowers $100 Million
The depegging of USD Coin (USDC) and Dai (DAI) from the US dollar resulted in more than $2 billion in loan repayments on decentralized lending protocols Aave and Compound, with borrowers saving a total of over $100 million. USDC and DAI started heading back toward their peg, and repayment activity tapered off in the following days.

Circle Plans to Increase Workforce by 15-25%
Circle's $42 billion USDC is the second-largest stablecoin behind Tether's USDT.

Hong Kong Politician Seeks DeFi-Based Stablecoin CBDC
Hong Kong authorities are currently considering issuing a CBDC as a government-backed stablecoin. Wu Jiezhuang, a Legislative Council member of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, thinks converting e-HKD into a stablecoin will mitigate Web3 virtual asset concerns.

Circle's USDC Reserve Mishap Leads to Massive Sell-off
Circle's announcement that Silicon Valley Bank failed to transfer $3.3 billion of its USDC reserves led to a significant sell-off, causing the stablecoin to depeg from the U.S. dollar. Investors who tried to cut their losses by exchanging USDC for other stablecoins, such as USDT, faced exorbitant prices.

Montenegrin Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic has announced a pilot digital currency project
After meeting with Ripple at the World Economic Forum, Montenegrin Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic launched a prototype digital currency initiative.

HKMA Stablecoin Regulations to Demand Backing by Underlying Assets
The main financial regulator will require stablecoin issuers to always back their values with reserve assets.

National Australia Bank to Launch Ethereum-Based Stablecoin
NAB will introduce an Ether-based Australian dollar-pegged stablecoin. Reports say the AUDN stablecoin streamlines cross-border transfers and carbon credit trading.

Circle Plans to Cover USDC Shortfall After SVB Shutdown
Circle, the issuer of the stablecoin USD Coin (USDC), has announced that it will use corporate resources to cover the shortfall on its reserves after Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was shut down by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. USDC liquidity operations will resume as normal when banks open on Monday, enabling redemption at 1:1 with the US dollar. The stablecoin lost its $1 peg on March 11, trading as low as $0.87, due to the disclosure of $3.3 billion of Circle's reserve held at SVB.

LidoDAO is considering selling or staking its $30 million
LidoDAO, the decentralized autonomous organization behind Lido, is considering staking or selling its $30 million ETH treasury to meet unexpected market swings.

FDIC to Offer Guidance on Crypto After it Understands its Associated Risks
FDIC's Martin Gruenberg said more guidance will be given to banks about crypto when it gains more understanding of its inherent risks

Cryptocurrency Firms Deny Exposure to Troubled US Banks
Major cryptocurrency firms, including Tether, Crypto.com, Gemini, BitMEX, and others, have denied exposure to dissolved U.S. banks like Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. The firms have taken to social media to assure their users that their funds are safe and accessible despite ongoing issues in the U.S. banking system.

Aave Freezes Stablecoin Trading Amid Price Volatility
Lending protocol Aave has temporarily halted trading of stablecoins and set the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio to zero due to the recent price volatility on USD Coin (USDC) following its depegging on March 11. Aave's decision was based on an analysis by decentralized finance risk management firm Gauntlet Network, which recommended a temporary pause of all v2 and v3 markets. The LTV ratio determines how much credit can be secured using crypto as collateral and is calculated by dividing the amount of credit borrowed by the value of the collateral.

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) is pushing for international regulations
Global standard-setting organisations are helping the Financial Stability Board evaluate DeFi legislation in numerous countries.

White House Report Casts Doubt on Cryptocurrencies
The White House's Economic Report includes a chapter questioning the benefits of cryptocurrencies, with 35 pages dedicated to debunking them. It argues that crypto assets fail to deliver on their promised benefits, and that they are too volatile to be a stable store of value or reliable medium of exchange.

BUSD, Paxos, and the Recent Scrutiny of Paxos
Matrixport's director of research believed Paxos' BUSD supervision was too lax, prompting regulatory attention. Stablecoins are not the goal.

Bank of America Says Binance to Benefit from Increased Supply of Its Own Stablecoin
BAC has given more clarification on how Binance’s automatic conversion of other stablecoins could impact its business as well as its own BUSD stablecoin.

Moody warns of stablecoin adoption risk
Moody's Investors Service has warned that the recent turmoil in the traditional banking sector and USDC losing its peg could negatively impact stablecoin adoption and increase calls for regulation. The credit rating agency believes that fiat-backed stablecoins like USDC could face new resistance, limiting their stability and potentially causing a run on banks holding Circle's assets, which could lead to the depegging of other stablecoins.

US Federal Reserve to Create Cryptocurrency Team Amid Concerns Over Unregulated Stablecoins
The US Federal Reserve is planning to establish a specialized team of experts to keep up with developments in the cryptocurrency industry, specifically focusing on stablecoins. The move comes amid concerns that unregulated stablecoins could put households, businesses, and the broader economy at risk. While acknowledging the transformative potential of cryptocurrencies, the Federal Reserve believes that appropriate guardrails need to be in place to ensure that the benefits of innovation can be realized.

The Judge Decides Celsius Owns Money In Earn Accounts, Allowing Stablecoin Selling
On January 4, Reuters reported that US investigators had told a court that they were taking assets tied to FTX and its former CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried. The document included 468 million dollars' worth of Robinhood shares, valued 56 million at the time. The report was released a day after a court ordered SBF to stop accessing FTX and Alameda-related bitcoin and assets.

Cardano's New Algorithmic Stablecoin DJED
ADA, Cardano's native token, backs the algorithmic stablecoin, which is tied 1:1 to the US dollar.

BitMEX Co-Founder Proposes Bitcoin-Backed Stablecoin
Arthur Hayes, the co-founder and former CEO of BitMEX, has proposed creating a new stablecoin called the Satoshi Nakamoto Dollar (NUSD) or NakaDollar. Unlike major reserve-backed U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoins, the proposed NakaDollar would be pegged to the sum of $1 worth of Bitcoin and one inverse perpetual swap of BTC against USD, without relying on any USD reserves. The stablecoin's peg to the U.S. dollar would be maintained via mathematical transactions between the new decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) authorized participants and derivatives exchanges.

HUSD Stablecoin Drops 56% From Dollar Peg Following Huobi Delisting
According to CoinMarketCap, HUSD stablecoin has fallen massively from its $1 peg, dropping to a low of $0.32 following delisting from crypto exchange Huobi on Friday last week.

South Korean Officials Confirm They Sent Team to Serbia to Find Do Kwon
South Korean authorities have increased their search for Do Kwon and deployed state officials to Serbia.

USD Coin Chief Strategy Officer Twitter Account Hacked
Circle's USD Coin (USDC) stablecoin chief strategy officer Dante Disparte's Twitter account has been hacked, with the account reportedly promoting fake loyalty rewards to long-time users of USDC.

USDC issuer Circle releases accountant-verified report
Circle's newest reserve report shows $44.5 billion USDC stablecoin assets.

Stablegains Sued for Allegedly Misleading Investors
Stablegains, a DeFi yield platform that closed in May, is being sued in California.

Frax Finance has voted to fully collateralizing
Frax Finance decided to completely collateralize the $1 billion capitalization Frax stablecoin.

MoneyGram CEO Sees Stablecoin As Future of Payments as Service Needs Grow
Stablecoins provide low-cost and easily accessible digital payments across international borders.

Overnight collapse of two traditional banks triggers chaos
The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank caused major chaos, resulting in stablecoins depegging from the U.S. dollar. The federal government has taken action to protect depositors, and President Joe Biden has vowed to hold those responsible accountable.

Binance pivots to stablecoins after SEC regulatory action
Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, has turned to alternative stablecoins such as TrueUSD (TUSD) and decentralized stablecoins, following a regulatory action against its native stablecoin, Binance USD (BUSD), by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Binance was forced to seek alternatives after the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) asked BUSD issuer Paxos Trust to stop minting new BUSD altogether.

Tether Completes Reserves Attestation by Major Global Accounting Firm
BDO, a global accounting company, has attested Tether's reserves.

Circle's USDC Reserve Exposure and Potential Risks
Circle's latest audit report reveals that the company's exposure to the US banking system stands at nearly $9 billion, with its reserves held by a number of regulated financial institutions, including SVB, BNY Mellon, and Silvergate. However, recent events such as the shutdown of SVB and Silvergate's decision to shut down its crypto bank arm have raised concerns about potential risks for Circle and its stablecoin USDC.

US Congress needs to take control of crypto legislation
Blockchain Association CEO Kristin Smith said crypto regulation is occurring "behind closed doors" and asked for a more collaborative and "transparent approach."

Circle Spokesperson Denies Blaming SEC for Failed $9 billion deal
Circle denies blaming the SEC for its December $9 billion failed IPO. Circle's representative said any contradictory assertions are "inconsistent" with past declarations.

KuCoin Ventures Invests in Yuan-Pegged Stablecoin
KuCoin Ventures leads a $10 million investment in CNHC, a Chinese yuan-pegged stablecoin issuer and blockchain payment service provider.

Binance converts remaining $1 billion in Industry Recovery Initiative to native crypto amidst concerns around stablecoins
Binance co-founder and CEO, Changpeng Zhao, announced on March 13 that the exchange will be converting the remaining $1 billion funds in its Industry Recovery Initiative to native crypto amid concerns surrounding stablecoins. This decision was made following the depegging of the USD Coin (USDC) stablecoin caused by the failure of three major crypto-friendly banks - Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), Silvergate Bank, and Signature Bank.

U.K. Treasury Proposes Ambitious Crypto Regulations
The UK Treasury labelled algorithmic stablecoins "unbacked crypto assets" rather than banning them.

Babel Finance explores new restructuring opportunities with DeFi project
Babel Finance is considering a new restructuring opportunity that involves the creation of a new decentralized finance (DeFi) project called Hope. This project aims to generate revenue to repay debts owed to creditors, and will mint a new stablecoin using Bitcoin and Ether as collateral.

Tether Regains $1 Peg
Tether (USDT) has regained its 1-to-1 peg with the dollar after briefly dropping to 94.55 cents, its lowest since December 2020.

Binance CEO Denies Report That Company Is Cutting Ties With US
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao denied that the business is contemplating leaving the US on Twitter.

South Korea Launches “Emergency” Inspection of Crypto Exchanges Following Terra Crash
To boost investor protection following the recent collapse of LUNA and TerraUSD (UST) tokens, financial authorities in South Korea have beefed up crypto exchange inspections.

IMF Prioritizes Regulation over Ban on Crypto
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) supports regulating digital money and prioritizes differentiating between central bank digital currencies and crypto assets, such as stablecoins. The IMF's Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, clarified that the nuclear option to ban cryptocurrencies remains on the table, but the agency would prefer to pursue good regulations, predictability, and consumer protection.

April 23: ETH Eating The Stablecoin World
Will ETH-inspired rally continue to drive the market? Will oil stabilize despite a fundamental short-term storage environment with a popular flawed ETF product? Will halvening next month start getting the market excited? Bottom line: mixed messaging.

It is not just Liquidity, Huobi on Two Fair Metrics to Rank Crypto Exchanges
Ciara Sun, Head of Global Business Development & Partnerships at Huobi Group, has a wealth of experience in financial analysis, strategic consulting and corporate management from her previous roles with prestigious enterprises such as Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young. Sun sat down with Blockchain.News at the Blockshow Asia 2019 to discuss Huobi’s rising profile, China’s decentralized economy and what she considers fair metrics for ranking exchanges.

Paxos—Regulated and Rising above Trustless Tether and Lost Libra
In this second part of our interview with Cascarilla, he explains why the PAX stablecoin is ultimately superior to Tether and gives his thoughts on Facebook’s Libra project and the nature of money.

Bitfinex: The Crisis Tested Liquid Exchange King for Bitcoin and Ethereum Trading
During the March 12 stock market crash instigated by the coronavirus pandemic’s disruption to the world economy, cryptocurrency exchanges experienced a massive sell-off of Bitcoin and Ethereum. When the liquidation panic finally settled down, Bitfinex emerged as one of the few exchanges that had been able to take the extreme volatility in stride.

Binance CZ: We Have No Immediate Plans for a Chinese Yuan-Based Stablecoin
Recent announcements have created waves in the blockchain industry. Binance has been making its way around the world, enabling better adoption and an overall understanding of crypto. With China’s President Xi Jinping urging its nation to use blockchain technology and its development, how is Binance leveraging on new collaborations around the world?

Paxos—How the Global Financial Crisis Inspired the Creation of the NYDFS-Regulated Stablecoin
Charles Cascarilla is the CEO and co-founder of Paxos, a financial technology company working to modernize the financial system by digitizing and mobilizing assets. A traditional hedge fund manager and equity investor, Cascarilla was able to recognize the power of blockchain and the function it could have in revolutionizing the way trade is conducted and settled.

Circle's New APIs Simplify Complex Crypto Concepts For Mass Institutional Adoption
Circle Builds Layers of Simplicity over Complex Crypto Concepts for Business to Trigger Digital Adoption

WEF Proposes Interoperable Stablecoins as Building Blocks for a Sustainable Global Economy
Stablecoins and the technology underlying them will be the building blocks of a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient global financial system according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

DeFiChain Becomes One of the First Blockchains to Fully Integrate Euro Coin, a Euro-backed Stablecoin
DeFiChain, the world’s leading blockchain on the Bitcoin network dedicated to bringing decentralized financial applications and services to everyone, has announced the debut of the Euro-backed stablecoin Euro Coin (EUROC) on its native blockchain. DeFiChain is one of the first blockchains to fully integrate a Euro-backed stablecoin.

Platypus Launches Native Stablecoin USP
Platypus Finance is launching USP, a protocol-native stablecoin. USP’s deployment has emerged from Platypus’ goal of improving capital efficiency for its users. USP also resolves long-running collateral issues associated with stablecoins. The native Platypus Finance stablecoin has been designed to reduce the liquidity fragmentation and scattered assets that are endemic to many protocols.

Digital Currency Growth Brings "Opportunities and Challenges": IMF
A recent report by the IMF says the current evolution in the crypto ecosystem presents both opportunities and challenges for the broader financial ecosystem

Visa CEO Says the Payment Giant Will Add Cryptocurrencies to Its Payments Network
Visa has come out in support of digital currencies and believes that cryptocurrencies have the potential to improve the value of digital payments and create more accessibility.

G20-Backed FSB Sets Out Roadmap for Stablecoins and CBDCs, Optimizing Cross-Border Payment System
The FSB, a G20-backed think tank, has cited the duo of government-issued CBDCs and stablecoins as key drivers in the pursuit of better cross-border payments.

Human Rights Advocates Urge U.S. Lawmakers to Concern Crypto, Saving Crumbling Currencies
A group of human rights advocates have urged U.S. Congress members to be concerned about the role of importance of cryptocurrencies against unstable economies whose local currencies are collapsing.

Facebook Moving Further Away From Libra, But Considering its Own Digital Token System
Facebook is now considering developing a system of digital tokens, pegged to different government-issued currencies including the US dollar and the euro. The new plan will still include Libra, although Libra Association, separately, will continue its work on the stablecoin pegged to a basket of global currencies.

Facebook’s Libra Launch Will Be Halted Until Proper Regulations Are Set, According to G7 Draft
A G7 statement showed that the financial leaders of the world’s seven largest economies will oppose the launch of Libra.