The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is closely monitoring banks’ transactions with crypto assets in collaboration with other federal authorities.

New report sheds light on the matter

The FDIC’s latest risk review report highlights the “novel and complex risks” that crypto assets pose to the financial system due to fraudulent activities and the rapid pace of innovation.

Additionally, the FDIC warns that the sector’s interconnection with various parts of the financial system could cause contagion risks for US banks.

“Crypto-assets present novel and complex risks that are difficult to fully assess.120 Part of the difficulty in assessing these risks arises from the dynamic nature of crypto-assets, the crypto marketplace, and the rapid pace of innovation.”

The same notes revealed the following:

“Some of the key risks associated with crypto-assets and crypto-asset sector participants include those related to fraud, legal uncertainties, misleading or inaccurate representations, and disclosures, risk management practices exhibiting a lack of maturity and robustness, and platform and other operational vulnerabilities.”

The interconnections among certain crypto-asset participants may pose a significant contagion risk that could lead to concentration risks for banks that have exposure to the sector.

Banks with stablecoin reserves are particularly susceptible to the run risk, which may result in deposit outflows.

The agency is actively coordinating with central banking agencies to monitor how banks are dealing with or being exposed to crypto assets and is prepared to initiate “supervisory discussions” with banks on the matter.

The FDIC, in coordination with the other federal banking agencies, will continue to closely monitor banking organizations’ crypto asset-related exposures.

The FDIC will issue additional statements related to these organizations’ engagement in crypto-asset-related activities as warranted.

Furthermore, the FDIC has developed a robust process to engage in supervisory discussions with banking organizations regarding proposed and existing crypto-asset-related activities.

Stay tuned for more crypto-related news and make sure to keep an eye on the market.

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