The risks associated with cryptos continue to worry regulators. Even if some people think that they present great opportunities, it is still necessary to keep them under control. And that’s what the Canadian banking regulator intends to do.
Canada joins European and American authorities
The massive adoption of cryptocurrencies is pushing regulators to make drastic decisions to keep the sector under control. The more time passes, the more investors become interested in these assets. However, the risks are not insignificant.
As a result, to protect negotiators, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) of Canada has decided to limit exposure to cryptocurrencies and has detailed liquidity rules for banks under its supervision. Thus, it issued interim guidelines last Thursday. According to these, the regulatory body classifies crypto assets into two categories.
The first represents traditional assets that confer rights and obligations. As for Group 2, it would encompass most digital assets. Therefore, financial institutions must inform the OSFI if their type exposure exceeds 1% of their Type 1 capital. The same rule applies if their net short positions exceed 0.1% of their capital.
An important decision for the regulator
The decentralization of digital assets is a big problem for governments. As a result, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions believes that these guidelines are a big step to ensure caution in a sector as unstable as that of cryptos.
As in many countries, the field is largely unregulated in Canada. Thus, following the example of the US Federal Reserve (FED) and the ECB, OSFI has asked the supervised entities to inform the regulator in writing before any activity based on cryptos.
The new guidelines from the Canadian regulator will come into force in the second quarter of 2023. However, Superintendent Peter Routledge is convinced that this interim approach will reduce the regulatory uncertainty that has prevented central banks from integrating cryptos into their balance sheets.
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