Following the fall of Terra, LUNA, and the entire Do Kwon ecosystem, countries are pushing regulations on crypto and stablecoins.
The main financial watchdog for a city-state, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), evaluates the benefits of a regulatory framework for stablecoins.
The KYC concerns that are the focus of current regulations do not take into account the unique dangers that stablecoins are subject to.
Regulatory head of Singapore illustrated the high risks that followed LUNA’s fall
On Monday, the MAS official homepage posted a written statement from Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the regulator’s chief, in response to a query from a Singaporean lawmaker.
The inquiry asked whether there was information on how exposed Singaporeans were to the recent decline in the value of the TerraUSD Classic (USTC) stablecoin and the Luna Classic (LUNC) token and if the MAS was actively thinking about ways to address future crises of this nature.
Shanmugaratnam recognized that the Terra collapse serves as an example of the severe dangers associated with investing in cryptocurrencies, but he emphasized that the unrest has not adversely impacted the economy or the mainline financial system.
The majority of the official response described MAS’s existing plans for stablecoins.
The current framework, in which stablecoins, along with other cryptocurrencies, are being deemed digital payment tokens (DPTs), doesn’t address the unique hazards, according to him, thus MAS is actively examining its approach to the regulation of stablecoins.
As a result, MAS “is evaluating the advantages of a regulatory system” particular to the features of stablecoins.
It will concentrate on issues including controlling reserve requirements and peg stability. As stated in the answer, MAS plans to consult the public in the following months regarding the guidelines.
The ties between LUNA’s TerraForm Labs, Three Arrows Capital (a cryptocurrency hedge fund currently facing bankruptcy procedures), and Singaporean crypto regulation were officially denied on July 19 by Ravi Menon, the managing director of MAS.
Menon also stressed the need for the regulatory attention to be shifted away from KYC/AML and onto the more complex threats presented by cryptocurrencies in his address.