Blockchain infrastructure provider Paxos has published a report aimed at helping the cryptocurrency community navigate the current market conditions during the crypto winter. The Paxos Crypto Winter Report 2023 identifies several key opportunities for crypto projects, including seeking solutions and partnerships.
According to the report, those who view the crypto winter as a “season for bridge-building” will come out ahead of the others. This means partnering with businesses that implement technologies that aim to meet the “real-world needs of the financial sector.” By doing so, projects can position themselves for success once the market recovers.
The report also emphasizes the usefulness of stablecoins, one of the crypto use cases that have “consistently proven itself over time.” Clara Medalie, the director of research at the digital asset data provider Kaiko, explains that stablecoins have been very useful for the entire industry. However, there is still room for improvement in terms of transparency over the reserves of these stablecoins.
Medalie believes that greater transparency is coming: “We need more transparency over the reserves of these stablecoins, which I think we’re going to see.” This will help to ensure that stablecoins remain a viable option for the industry moving forward.
While stablecoins may be an important tool for the industry, there are differing opinions on their regulation. The CEO and executive director of the Stellar Development Foundation, Denelle Dixon, believes that regulating stablecoins may be necessary to maintain a strong dollar globally. Dixon argues that a USD stablecoin is the “way to see that happen.”
On the other hand, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) recently published a working paper that deems stablecoins a less preferable form of tokenized money. The report likens stablecoins to bearer instruments that were prevalent during the era of “free banking” in the United States. While the BIS recognizes the potential benefits of stablecoins, it ultimately concludes that they pose significant risks to financial stability.
Despite differing opinions on stablecoins, the Paxos Crypto Winter Report 2023 emphasizes the importance of seeking solutions and partnerships during the current market conditions. By doing so, projects can position themselves for success once the market recovers.