The Financial Stability Board (FSB) published on Monday a global regulatory framework for crypto-asset activities to provide a global regulatory and supervisory foundation for crypto. The recommendations made to the G20 – the 20 leading economies of the world – are based upon the principle of “same activity, same risk, same regulation.”
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The FSB said it has strengthened recommendations primarily in three areas, to ensure adequate safeguarding of client assets, addressing risks associated with conflicts of interest, and strengthening cross-border cooperation.
FSB said the recommendations focus on addressing risks to financial stability and do not cover all specific risk categories related to crypto-asset activities. Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) are not subject to these recommendations.
The recommendations state that authorities should ensure they have the powers to address the risks posed by crypto service providers to evade regulation and oversight by operating in foreign jurisdictions.
“The events of the past year have highlighted the intrinsic volatility and structural vulnerabilities of crypto-assets and related players. They have also illustrated that the failure of a key service provider (FTX) in the crypto-asset ecosystem can quickly transmit risks to other parts of that ecosystem,” the FSB said in its statement.
The recommendations are addressed to financial regulatory, supervisory and oversight authorities at a jurisdictional level, FSB said.
The final recommendations published on Monday took into account feedback from a public consultation announced in October last year.
The FSB is chaired by Klaas Knot, president of De Nederlandsche Bank. The FSB Secretariat is located in Basel, Switzerland, and hosted by the Bank for International Settlements.
The FSB will review the global implementation of its recommendations by the end of 2025.
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