Crypto-Assets: Implications for Financial Stability, Monetary Policy, and Payments and Market Infrastructures
40 Pages Posted: 21 May 2019
Date Written: May 17, 2019
This paper summarises the outcomes of the analysis of the ECB Crypto-Assets Task Force. First, it proposes a characterisation of crypto-assets in the absence of a common definition and as a basis for the consistent analysis of this phenomenon. Second, it analyses recent developments in the crypto-assets market and unfolding links with financial markets and the economy. Finally, it assesses the potential impact of crypto-assets on monetary policy, payments and market infrastructures, and financial stability. The analysis shows that, in the current market, crypto-assets’ risks or potential implications are limited and/or manageable on the basis of the existing regulatory and oversight frameworks. However, this assessment is subject to change and should not prevent the ECB from continuing to monitor crypto-assets, raise awareness and develop preparedness.
Keywords: crypto-assets, characterisation, monitoring, crypto-assets risks
JEL Classification: E42, G21, G23, O33
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