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Steve Mnuchin on Tether: Stablecoins Must Be Backed by USD Held in Bank, Not Like Casino Chips


u.today 07 October 2021 15:01, UTC
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Steve Mnuchin, who used to be the Secretary of the US Treasury and now is a founder of Liberty Strategic Capital private equity fund, has spoken to Bloomberg TV and shared his take on stablecoins and Tether in particular.

Mnuchin’s fund likes payments via blockchain and stablecoins

While answering questions of Bloomberg TV’s host David Westin, the former US Treasury Secretary said that his new fund Liberty Strategic Capital is focused on technology – cybersecurity, national security, privacy, as well as fintech.

In particular, Mnuchin stated that “we like the payments space”, when the host asked him to identify investment opportunities in this industry. He mentioned that biggest opportunities in this area lie within real-time cross-border payments. And here, Mnuchin sprang to the subject of blockchain-based stablecoins.

Mnuchin reckons that stablecoins should most likely be regulated. They should easily transferrable, which means backed by real US dollars that are held in a secure custodian bank.

Tether has 68 billion USDT in circulation, here’s Mnuchin’s comment

Mnuchin also shared his take on stablecoins and Tether in particular. The Bloomberg TV host stated that, according to a Bloomberg article published earlier today, Tether has over $68 billion USDT and $48 billion of those were issued in 2021, seemingly doubting that Tether can hold that much cash anywhere.

According to Mnuchin stablecoins must not be “like casino chips”. People should always have an opportunity to exchange dollar-backed stablecoins they hold for real US dollars at any time. And these dollars that back stablecoins have to be held in a regulated bank, in a trust account.

The former US Treasury Secretary thinks that stablecoins should be invested in US Treasuries or something “that looks like US Treasuries” – i.e. money markets of highly liquid-backed investments.

"They shouldn't be like casino chips - if you are going to issue a stablecoin the actual money should be held in a regulated bank and people who hold stablecoins should be able to exchange those for real dollars at any time." Former Treasury Sec. @stevenmnuchin1 #BloombergInvest pic.twitter.com/hpRkgXHkzj

— Bloomberg Live (@BloombergLive) October 7, 2021

Stablecoins to be regulated as fiat payment platforms

As reported by U.Today earlier, global regulators, such as Bank for International Settlements and IOSCO security regulators, believe that stablecoins like Tether have to be regulated in the same way as traditional financial payment providers – Western Union and PayPal.

However, this proposal will be discussed by the public before it gets finalized next year.


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