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Hong Kong’s central banking institution, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), released a questionnaire to gauge public opinion on regulations for crypto-assets and stablecoins. The state-backed regulator intends to establish a regulatory framework by 2023-24.

HKMA’s “Discussion Paper on Crypto-assets and Stablecoins” highlights the explosive growth of the stablecoin market in terms of market capitalization since 2020 and the concurrent regulatory recommendations put forth by international regulators including the United States’ Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS).

Market Capitalization of Crypto-assets. Source: HKMA
Market Capitalization of Major Stablecoins. Source: HKMA.
Possible policy options for regulating crypto-assets. Source: HKMA.
Major jurisdictions’ regulatory stance towards stablecoins. Source: HKMA.