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IMF Chief calls for a comprehensive approach to crypto regulations

The International Monetary Fund’s approach to crypto differs from that of US Treasury and SEC regulators.

IMF Chief calls for a comprehensive approach to crypto regulations

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Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), recently underscored the need for comprehensive crypto regulations. Georgieva emphasized the potential risks posed by the increasing prevalence of cryptocurrencies and the importance of a regulatory framework to counter these risks while fostering innovation.

During a panel discussion with the South Korean government and central bank, Georgieva emphasized the significance of digital money. She advised policymakers to either actively embrace and enhance the development of digital currencies or face the risk of falling behind.

The IMF representative warned that the widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies could harm macro-financial stability, leading to potential issues with monetary policy transmission, capital flow management, and fiscal sustainability due to volatile tax collection.

She stated:

“Our goal is to make a more efficient, interoperable, and accessible financial system by providing rules to avoid the risks of crypto and infrastructure by leveraging some of its technologies.”

Georgieva’s remarks at the conference have set a clear direction for the future of crypto regulation. The emphasis on a balanced approach that nurtures innovation while establishing a secure and stable financial environment resonates with the global financial community’s current sentiment.

“Good rules can spur and guide innovation,” she added.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) takes a different approach to crypto than the US Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The IMF emphasizes the need for a comprehensive, consistent, and coordinated policy approach to crypto based on three key pillars: a sound macro-policy foundation, precise legal treatment and detailed rules, and practical implementation.

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