Crypto offers a decentralized alternative to the traditional banking system, while also empowering financial institutions to offer better products and services.
Crypto’s core innovation is enabling users to “be their own banks,” allowing them to conduct financial activities like making payments and storing value without having to rely on trusted third parties. But even though crypto is meant to work without banks, US financial institutions can leverage its power as next-generation financial infrastructure to make their offerings better, faster, and cheaper.
Unfortunately, current US laws and regulations make it difficult or impossible for the traditional banking system to take advantage of crypto’s benefits and opportunities. Most state and federal banking laws aren’t designed with crypto in mind, and prudential regulators like the Federal Reserve, the OCC, and the FDIC have been hesitant to approve blockchain-based products and services. To make sure that the US banking system doesn’t fall behind, we support policies that support the use of crypto by everyday users, traditional financial institutions, and energetic new crypto firms alike.