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Hong Kong believes stablecoin volatility can spillover to traditional finance

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The fall of crypto giants this year reignited questions about the stability of cryptocurrencies and their impact on fiat ecosystems.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) assessed the situation and found that the instabilities of crypto assets, including asset-backed stablecoins, can potentially spill over to the traditional financial system.The HKMA assessment on asset-backed stablecoins pointed out the risks of liquidity mismatch, negatively impacting their stability during “fire-sale” events.

A fire sale event relates to a momentary price fluctuation when investors can purchase stablecoins cheaper than their market price — a phenomenon noticed during the Terra (LUNA) crash.According to Hong Kong’s central bank, the interconnection of crypto assets has made the crypto ecosystem more vulnerable to systematic shocks.

In addition, the increase in crypto exposure from financial institutions can be subject to knock-off effects from abrupt developments in cryptocurrency prices:The flowchart shared by HKMA suggests that fluctuations in the price of asset-backed stablecoins could result in reserve adjustment by stablecoins.

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