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Stablecoins are emerging at a rapid rate as an asset class. They have, without a doubt, become an almost vital element of the crypto world today. USDT – the market’s largest stablecoin – has recently gained traction due to an increasing adoption rate.
Tether accounted for $62.51 billion of the $1.28 trillion global crypto market cap at the time of publication. With each passing day, more and more cryptocurrencies have their own USDT pairings. Furthermore, with the aid of stablecoins, market players may fully exploit the arbitrage opportunities offered to them.
Despite their well-known glitz, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Eric Rosengren, recently stated that stablecoins presented a threat to the financial system’s stability. The official was eager to point out that Tether and other stablecoins were the “new disruptors” of short-term credit markets.
In a recent interview with Yahoo Finance, the Fed official stated,
“The reason I talked about Tether and stablecoins is if you look at their portfolio, it basically looks like a portfolio of a prime money market fund, but may be riskier… We need to think more broadly about what could disrupt short term credit markets over time, and certainly stablecoins are one element.”
In reality, when compared to prime money market assets, the stablecoin market cap has performed admirably. The spike has only become higher over time and has clearly been attached to the northward trend.
Commenting on the implication of the aforementioned trend, Rosengren said,
“And the reason we should be a bit concerned about stablecoins is that it’s growing very rapidly… The prime money market funds have been slowly going down as people have looked for a less risky way to hold their transactions accounts…”
Furthermore, Tether’s asset breakdown indicated that nearly half of its reserves (49.6 percent ) were in commercial papers, with the rest in fiduciary deposits (18.4 percent ) and secured loans (12.5 percent ). During the epidemic, the distribution of Tether on these assets became “quite wide,” according to the official.
Furthermore, the official gave a comprehensive picture of stability and rules. Indeed, amid market turbulences, people tend to flee financial instruments, and their conduct tends to introduce instability into the financial ecosystem. Rosengren commented on the subject, saying,
“I think a future financial stability problem could be occurring if we don’t start thinking carefully about what happens to things like stablecoins next time we have a bad market difficulty.”
The official finished by recognising that the stabecoin market is expanding and has the potential to become a “important sector” of the economy.