If stablecoins are money, they should be backed by reserves

The growth of stablecoins could reduce the supply of safe collateral available to markets

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Stablecoins are sometimes dismissed as the poor relations of the cryptocurrency family. While free-floating cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum have soared in value, stablecoins are more like government money market funds that are anchored to a par value.

This is by design. Stablecoins are designed to be a medium of exchange, rather than a speculative asset, and are typically pegged to an established currency. But, despite their promise of stability, they may pose a bigger challenge

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