As financial leaders around the world look to fortify business models with an eye toward future innovations, many are turning their attention towards digital assets and crypto markets.
We’re pleased to partner with Floating Point Group to streamline how financial institutions can get access to USDP and BUSD, the regulated stablecoins from Paxos. Floating Point Group is a cryptocurrency prime brokerage with an institutional trading desk and an advanced settlement platform.
The most important features of any financial product are its clarity, certainty and transparency. These features define both its utility and its safety. In the case of stablecoins, users should know what they own and outside observers should have a window into the activities of any firm holding reserves. Paxos follows the NYDFS guidelines for portfolio management at all times.
I've spent a lot of time in the last three months talking, writing and educating about stablecoins. The main takeaway I’ve focused on is that stablecoins - as a financial product - are really nothing new.
When I started my career in finance, one of the first realizations I had was that almost nothing was new. A “new” product in finance was almost always a resurrection of an old product or a retrofitting of an existing product to a new application. Truly new products were exceptionally rare.
Stablecoins are digital tokens backed by stable assets such as the US dollar, and were originally created for crypto investors to have an easy on- and off- ramp between fiat currencies and crypto. As stablecoin usage and market cap have increased, so has regulatory scrutiny. In particular, the reserve practices (or lack thereof) of various stablecoins have increasingly been in the spotlight - which brings us to the algorithmic stablecoin at the heart of the Terra ecosystem, UST.
Important lessons learned from 2008 can and should be applied to digital assets today. That’s how we’ll ensure the open, digital economy is built to withstand tests of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Transparency into the entire system is needed so we can more critically evaluate promises of stability. That’s how a well-designed, inclusive digital asset ecosystem built to withstand shocks will emerge and flourish.