Report faults FDIC for poor supervisory guidance on crypto assets


Uncertainty created by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) lack of clarity on risks posed by crypto assets has left member banks with the impression the agency wants banks to avoid them, according to a new report.

The report on “FDIC Strategies Related to Crypto Asset Risks” released by the agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) last week recommended the FDIC conduct a risk assessment of crypto assets and provide clear guidance to member banks about those risks.

The OIG determined the FDIC “started to develop and implement strategies that address the risks posed by crypto assets” but “has not yet completed a risk assessment to determine whether the agency can sufficiently address crypto asset-related risks through actions such as issuing guidance to supervised institutions.”

The FDIC’s feedback to supervised institutions up to this point has been unclear, the report said.

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