Financial Stability Board Weighs Distributed Ledger Risks

Pete Rizzo
Mar 31, 2016 at 14:10 UTC
Updated Apr 1, 2016 at 13:01 UTC
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The Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international body aimed at improving the global financial system, reviewed distributed ledger technology as part of a meeting to set its 2016 priorities this week in Tokyo.

The FSB said it proposed a framework for categorizing financial technologies, including distributed ledgers, and assessing their impact on global financial stability. The topic was reviewed along other, broader priorities for the organization, which included promoting a more robust financial infrastructure and addressing new vulnerabilities in the financial system.

The official release noted:

“Plenary members discussed the issues raised for public authorities by these technologies, possible steps to address potential risks and opportunities for cooperation in the FSB and with the standard-setting bodies to deepen analysis and develop regulatory perspectives.”

The statements follow indications from the group that it would seek to better understand the technology alongside its mandateĀ of helping to mitigate anotherĀ global financial crisis.

Notably, the FSB is chaired by Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, whose agency has been vocal on the subject of blockchain and distributed ledgers.

The UK central bank announced in January it intends to explore applications of blockchain and distributed ledger technology, potentially for its own use.

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