In his testimony to the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell called for stricter regulations surrounding stablecoins, which are cryptocurrencies that are supposed to be pegged to reserve assets like gold or fiat currency.
“If they are going to be a significant part of the payments universe, which we don’t think crypto assets will be, but stablecoins might be, then we need an appropriate regulatory framework, which frankly we don’t have,” Powell said.
Powell also shared his case for the creation of a central bank digital currency, or CBDC, in the U.S. If the U.S. had a digital currency, “you wouldn’t need stablecoins. You wouldn’t need cryptocurrencies,” he said. “I think that’s one of the stronger arguments in its favor.”
On Friday, U.S. Treasury secretary Janet Yellen said she’d meet with the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets on Monday to discuss the role stablecoins could play in the financial system.