New York Regulator Issues License to First Yen Pegged Stablecoin Promoter
A stablecoin pegged to the yen has received authorization from New York’s financial regulator. Specifically, the media release indicates that the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has given a charter to Japanese company GMO-Z.com to manage the US dollar and yen backed stablecoins in New York.
New York being a worldwide center, the NYDFS is the top state financial supervisory authority in the US, well-known for its stringent rules. A license to run operations in the New York paves way for clearance in rest of the country.
The charter of GMO indicates that it is a limited liability trust company and do not offer full-fledged banking services, implying that it is not authorized to accept deposits.
As a stablecoin operator has to maintain reserves of the pegged currency. The charter of GMO provides the right to hold the pegged currency i.e. the Yen, but is not allowed to maintain deposits unrelated to the stablecoin. The firm is not allowed to “issue, administer, and redeem” other currencies unrelated to the stablecoins.
The freedom to put out charters that do not permit deposits has been often a subject of controversy among state regulators such as the NYDFS and national banking regulators in the US. Ken Nakamura, President and CEO of GM, stated: “We’re breaking ground with our move to issue the first regulated JPY-pegged stablecoin, which many see as a safe haven asset.”
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