Stablecoins revive US narrow banking debate

Federal Reserve

US lawmakers’ quest for ways to regulate stablecoin issuers could revive interest in ‘narrow banks’, which place customer funds purely with the Federal Reserve, and benefit from a slimmed-down regulatory regime to reflect the very low-risk business model. The trouble is, the Fed never liked the idea in the first place.

A draft bill proposed by Senator Pat Toomey, a senior Republican lawmaker, would authorise the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to license and regulate stablecoin

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