U.S. Treasury seeks input on cryptocurrency risks, benefits – Reuters

U.S. Treasury seeks input on cryptocurrency risks, benefits – Reuters

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The U.S. Treasury building is seen in Washington, September 29, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File PhotoJuly 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday said it was seeking comment on the on the risks and opportunities posed by digital assets as it seeks to prepare a report for President Joe Biden on the implications of developments such
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The U.S. Treasury building is seen in Washington, September 29, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File Photo
July 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday said it was seeking comment on the on the risks and opportunities posed by digital assets as it seeks to prepare a report for President Joe Biden on the implications of developments such as cryptocurrencies.
The official query builds on an executive order Biden signed in March, which directed government agencies to study cryptocurrencies and other digital asset products, including central bank digital currencies.
"For consumers, digital assets may present potential benefits, such as faster payments, as well as potential risks, including risks related to frauds and scams,” Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Nellie Liang said in a statement.
The crypto market, including bitcoin and other products, has rapidly grown in popularity in recent years, despite concerns from regulators and some policymakers that the market lacks sufficient oversight, transparency and consumer protections.
The crypto market has been wracked by turmoil in recent weeks, with a number of high-profile firms and tokens collapsing or refusing to allow customers to withdraw funds in a bid to stabilize themselves.
The Treasury's query is far-ranging, asking for input on a host of questions, including how businesses are using cryptocurrency, where consumers may not be sufficiently protected, and how the nation's poorest could benefit or face risk from broader cryptocurrency adoption.
The Treasury is accepting comments until Aug. 8.
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