Timothy Massad, the former CFTC chairman, highlighted the benefits of stablecoins and urged regulators not to discredit their utility.
The previous chairman of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC),
Timothy Massad, highlighted the importance of government attention
being paid to the stablecoin ecosystem in an interview with CNBC.
On July 24, Massad told the CNBC interviewer that he sees stablecoins as a bridge between
“the crypto world and the real world” and that governments
should not view them as a fad fated to disappear.
The ex-chairman said he is “concerned” that the risks of stablecoins are not being properly
addressed by regulators, rather they are kept out of the conversation due
to the thought that they don’t actually work.
“I’m sympathetic to a lot of people in the government saying … we’re not convinced of the use case here,
we don’t really see what the value is in the real world,” he said. “But sometimes it takes time to really discover that.”
Massad has been an outspoken advocate for crypto regulation and more cohesive collaboration between
the CFTC and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) when it comes to digital assets.
On July 24, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), a national Congressional
watchdog agency, released a report on the use of blockchain in finance in which it echoed the sentiment for interagency cooperation on crypto regulations.
In the same CNBC interview, he highlighted that stablecoins could hold the potential to create faster
payment mechanisms in the U.S. and that if the U.S. were to create a stablecoin it could lead other countries to do the same.
“I think the competition from stablecoins could be useful, again, if we address the risks, and they are significant.”
In addition to faster payment systems, he argued that stablecoins are already causing banks to consider
their current operating systems and how they can be improved.
Massad has also been one to judge the U.S. in the past for not jumping on the creation of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) fast enough.
These comments come as regulators in the U.S. continue to mull over regulations for the crypto industry,
which include multiple bills that would affect stablecoin issuance and usage.