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Regulators propose first global rules before 'crypto winter' thaw

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LONDON: Cryptoasset companies should set aside capital like banks when undertaking similar activities, regulators proposed on Tuesday (Oct 11) in their first global rules as a "crypto winter" wiped US$2 trillion off the sector, leaving investors nursing losses.The Financial Stability Board (FSB), which coordinates financial rulemaking among Group of 20 Economies (G20), made nine recommendations for members to apply.Currently, the sector is largely unregulated in most countries, having to only comply with rules for safeguarding against money laundering and terrorist financing as regulators warn investors they risk losing every penny.Klaas Knot, the Dutch central bank president who chairs the FSB, said the "crypto winter" or recent sharp pullback in cryptocurrencies, has reinforced the board's assessment of existing structural vulnerabilities.The FSB has said crypto, which has a combined value of about US$935 billion versus US$3 trillion at their peak in November last year, are not big enough to threaten financial stability, but rules were needed to regulate a likely recovery."Concerns about the risks they pose to financial stability are therefore likely to come back to the fore sooner rather than later," Knot said in a letter to G20 finance ministers meeting in Washington this week.FSB recommends putting in place a framework for oversight, and managing risks and data at crypto firms, and having plans in place for a smooth shutting down of cryptoasset firms in trouble."Several crypto-asset lenders failed during the recent market turmoil as a result of vulnerability to runs, thin capitalisation, concentrated exposures to risky entities, and risky trading and business ventures," the FSB said.The proposals seek cross-border

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