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The United States turns its attention to stablecoin regulation

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The United States turns its attention to stablecoin regulation

The United States continues to be a global leader in embracing the cryptocurrency industry thanks to the work of Sen. Patrick Toomey, with the White House being at the forefront of crypto regulation. Last year, President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill — and it included some new legislation that would impact the crypto sector. And more recently, the U.S. president announced a “whole-of-government” approach to regulating cryptocurrency in an across-the-board executive order directing multiple government agencies to answer specific questions on cryptocurrencies. The U.S. for the last year has clearly been seeking to help make the crypto industry more sustainable, which will make it significantly easier for cryptocurrency platforms to operate.

But the Stablecoin Transparency of Reserves and Uniform Safe Transactions Act of 2022, dubbed the Stablecoin TRUST Act for short, makes the U.S. likely the only country, or at least the only Western country, to fully regulate and accept stablecoins as an official part of the financial and banking system.

Raymond Hsu is the co-founder and CEO at Cabital, a cryptocurrency wealth management platform. Prior to co-founding Cabital in 2020, Raymond worked for fintech and traditional banking institutions, including Citibank, Standard Chartered (OTC:SCBFF), eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) and Airwallex.

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Candidate supported by Bankman-Fried-linked PAC loses Oregon primary

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Candidate supported by Bankman-Fried-linked PAC loses Oregon primary

Andrea Salinas has won the Democratic primary election for the newly created Oregon 6th District seat in the United States House of Representatives. Practically since it started, the election race was the object of intensive media attention, which most often centered around Salinas’ opponent Carrick Flynn, whose campaign was generously funded by the Protect Our Future political action committee (PAC) backed by billionaire FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. The PAC paid for a flood of advertising supporting Flynn.

Salinas won the seat with 38% of the vote, while Flynn came in second at 19%, with the remaining votes split among seven other candidates.

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Socios fan tokens rally 40%+ after Chiliz rolls out mainnet upgrade and token burn plan

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Socios fan tokens rally 40%+ after Chiliz rolls out mainnet upgrade and token burn plan

In times of high stress and market turmoil, sports entertainment has served as a valuable escape for people around the world as they get a chance to root for their favorite players and teams while briefly forgetting about the worries of the world.

Amid the ongoing market volatility and falling crypto prices, sports fans have cause to rejoice as multiple fan tokens have bucked the downtrend on May 18 to post 40% plus gains.

Top 7 coins with the highest 24-hour price change. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

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Was Terra’s UST cataclysm the canary in the algorithmic stablecoin coal mine?

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Was Terra’s UST cataclysm the canary in the algorithmic stablecoin coal mine?

The past week has not been an easy one. After the collapse of the third-largest stablecoin (UST) and what used to be the second-largest blockchain after Ethereum (Terra), the depeg contagion seems to be spreading wider.

While UST has completely depegged from the U.S. dollar, trading at sub $0.1 at the time of writing, other stablecoins also experienced a short period where they also lost their dollar peg due to the market-wide panic.

USDT/USD last week from May. 8–14th. Source: CoinMarketCap
FRAX, MIM, FEI and LUSD price from May. 9 – 15th. Source: CoinMarketCap

Asset-backed stablecoins were in favor during downturn, except for USDT

USDT, USDC and DAI hourly price. Source: CoinGecko API
Curve DAI/USDC/USDT 3Pool proportion. Source: @elenahoo Dune Analytics
Curve DAI/USDC/USDT/sUSD 4Pool proportion. Source: @elenahoo Dune Analytics

Are algorithmic stablecoins finished?

Curve FRAX/3CRV 3Pool proportion. Source: @elenahoo Dune Analytics
Curve MIM/3CRV 3Pool proportion. Source: @elenahoo Dune Analytics

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