Is Decentralised Finance (DeFi) set to transform financial services?

Fed Research Points Out The Risks Related To CeFi And DeFi

  • The research arm of the United States’ Federal Reserve recently published a pair of reports titled “Decentralized Finance (DeFi): Transformative Potential & Associated Risks” on the risks associated with the world of decentralized finance, or DeFi.
  • In the paper, the Fed asked authorities to develop laws while taking into consideration the risks associated with the crypto sector.

The research arm of the United States’ Federal Reserve recently published a pair of reports on the risks associated with the world of decentralized finance, or DeFi, and also connected the dots with centralized finance, or CeFi. The reports were published last week and aimed to bring more oversight to the crypto industry.

“Oversight, comprehensive disclosures, and capital and liquidity requirements, where appropriate, could improve the resilience of entities within the digital asset ecosystem,”

the paper said.

According to a report from TheBlock, the papers noted that “centralized cryptoentities that act as counterparties to retail users in the digital asset ecosystem are generally not subject to capital, liquidity, or comprehensive disclosure requirements.”

This is a major issue with crypto platforms that operate on the principles of DeFi as often the actual liquidity on the platform is not reported and as a result, the investors suffer as in case of crypto lending firm Celsius Network, Voyager Digital, and other firms that recently went bankrupt.

The papers commented on the stability of the crypto market pointing out that the crypto space is very much prone to the “buildup of financial vulnerabilities” and went on to add that “financial stability risks are not extensive” as the crypto and DeFi ecosystem “does not provide significant financial services and its interconnections with the traditional financial system are limited.”

However, the authors to the paper noted that there are chances of such risks emerging in the near future due to a surge in the demand of cryptocurrencies and their widespread adoption.

“Should the digital financial system become more interconnected with the traditional system or expand its provision of financial services, financial stability risks could quickly become material,”

they wrote.

The paper, titled “Decentralized Finance (DeFi): Transformative Potential & Associated Risks” talks about the crypto ecosystem and also highlighted the growth that the industry has seen over a shorter period of time but also mentioned the risks that currently pose a hinderance for investors. The authors claim that decentralized finance has “not yet reached the point of becoming systemically important.”

The paper also pointed out that the authorities need to take the state of crypto and decentralized finance seriously and take appropriate steps to regulate the products and innovations associated with the industry. The authors also asked regulators to consider the “financial stability issues that could arise should such activities become systemically important”

Parth Dubey
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A crypto journalist with over 3 years of experience in DeFi, NFT, metaverse, etc. Parth has worked with major media outlets in the crypto and finance world and has gained experience and expertise in crypto culture after surviving bear and bull markets over the years.

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