Singapore Approves Regulation of Stablecoin Crypto


The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) recently announced its regulations for stablecoin cryptocurrencies, setting Singapore as a global pioneer in the field. Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies backed by a fiat financial investment, striving to provide an alternative to the high volatility of popular cryptocurrencies and making them more suitable for everyday transactions. With the market value of stablecoins reaching $125 billion, Tether’s USDT and Circle’s USDC have taken the lead, making up 90% of the total.

The MAS framework focuses on several key requirements to ensure the low volatility and stability of stablecoins. These include elevated reserve standards, swift redemption, and transparent disclosure of audit results. The framework extends to stablecoins pegged to the Singapore dollar or any G10 currency, such as the US dollar. When meeting the regulatory requirements, stablecoins will be labeled as “MAS-regulated stablecoins”.

The aim of the stablecoin crypto regulations is to foster the use of stablecoins as a trusted digital medium of exchange and as a link between the traditional fiat and digital asset ecosystems. Tether and Circle have expressed their approval of Singapore’s new framework, emphasizing its clarity and transparency.

The introduction of the regulatory framework follows the collapse of UST, an algorithmic stablecoin, in 2020. This raised concerns with regulators as UST did not have real-world assets backing it. Singapore’s advancements in cryptocurrency have attracted international companies, responding to the US regulatory system.

Overall, the MAS framework provides a clear and transparent regulatory framework for stablecoins and digital assets. It marks a step forward in making cryptocurrencies safer and more suitable for everyday transactions.

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