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‘We should be ready for the worst’ — MakerDAO founder is not optimistic about the stablecoin regulation in 2022

‘We should be ready for the worst’ — MakerDAO founder is not optimistic about the stablecoin regulation in 2022
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MakerDAO founder Rune Christensen    YouTube/MakerDAO/BI India
  • The founder of MakerDAO, Rune Christensen, believes people should “be ready for the worst” when it comes to stablecoin regulation in 2022.
  • According to him, ‘super countries’ like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and other climate resilient nations, will be more stablecoin friendly than the US in the future.
  • Christensen recently dissolved the Maker Foundation and wants MakerDAO to champion for climate change.

Rune Christensen, founder of MakerDAO, believes that stablecoins may be in for a rough year ahead. Marking his return to the MakerDAO community on Reddit, Christensen held an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on the forum where he was asked about the future of stablecoin regulation in 2022. And, his response was to “be ready for the worst,” especially when it comes to the US.

After dissolving the Maker Foundation, to make the DAI stablecoin ‘truly’ decentralised, Christensen is now advocating for MakerDAO to solve the problem of climate change. According to him, there is potential for DAI to thrive in the regulatory environment of ‘super countries’ — Canada, UK, New Zealand, Australia and other nations that are climate resilient — rather than the US.

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Global map showing the impact of climate change if the Earth gets warmer by four degrees Celsius      ParagKhanna/Connectography via MakerDAO

“We need to set up legal core units and government relations core units for each of these places [super countries], and once we have those in place, we should be able to get a proper assessment of how safe our collateral would be.”

MakerDAO founder Rune Christensen said during an AMA on MakerDAO’s subreddit

According to him, once MakerDAO finds locations from where it starts to implement large scale real world projects, the company will be politically impossible to shut down — as long these bases are set within countries with “good political environments.”


The regulatory landscape for stablecoins is ‘very hard to predict’

Stablecoins like Libra and Tether have caught the eye of global regulators primarily due to concerns over how the companies behind them manage the reserves that back them, especially since these stablecoins serve the purpose of a bridge between the world of cryptocurrencies and the traditional economy for many investors.

Most stablecoins, like Tether and Libra, are ‘hard-pegged’ to the US dollar — they’re backed by the actual fiat currency. MakerDAO’s DAI stablecoin, on the other hand, is ‘soft-pegged’ to the US dollar. This means that while it maintains its value with respect to the fiat currency, it’s not actually backed by it. Instead, it’s backed by other cryptocurrencies.

The need for stablecoin regulation

Stablecoins are meant to offer ‘stability’ like their name suggests. The idea is that 1 token will be worth $1, a hundred tokens would be worth $100, and so on.

Countries like the US, Japan, Singapore, China and the European Union (EU) are currently in the midst of figuring out how to protect investors from the risk that stablecoins present — the risk of not really being ‘stable’ at the end of the day.

Tether, for instance, is not backed by actual US dollar reserves. Instead, it is backed by commercial paper — short term debt issued by companies to raise funds — most of which is speculated to be out of China.

Even though the company behind the largest stablecoin on the market did come out to say that it doesn’t have any exposure to Evergrande — China’s real estate behemoth that is currently struggling to pay its $300 billion debt — there are still other Chinese companies that may be at risk due to the ripple effect put into motion by Evergrande’s downfall. And, that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the reserves backing Tether.

Last year in March, MakerDAO found itself in hot water as well when the price of Ether — the native token powering the Ethereum blockchain and the backbone of MakerDAO’s decentralised finance (DeFi) platform — went for a nosedive. It went from being worth $193 to $95 in less than 24 hours.

The resulting chaos over transaction fees led to $8.32 million of Ether being liquidated off the platform for free. The event even got its own name — ‘Black Thursday’.

And, as things stand, there is very little stablecoin regulation on a national and global scale.

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