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According to recent reports, the US Senate Banking Committee is preparing for an important vote scheduled for July. The vote addresses the crucial question of whether digital assets should be classified as securities or commodities.

This decision holds significant implications for the cryptocurrency industry, as it will determine the regulatory framework under which these assets will be governed.

The U.S. House Committee To Decide The Fate Of Crypto As A Security

Regulatory clarity has been a significant concern within cryptocurrency, with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) taking action against exchanges that violate securities regulations.

Leading platforms such as Coinbase and Binance have already faced the regulator’s attention as it alleged they sold unregistered securities. In this context, the upcoming Senate committee vote is an opportunity to bring much-needed clarity and guidance to the industry.

Chairperson Patrick McHenry, who is leading the committee, emphasizes the importance of this vote in offering a clear path forward for digital assets.

However, for the legislation to become law, it would require the support of Democratic senators and, ultimately, the signature of President Joe Biden.

Notably, the upcoming vote will address the classification of digital assets and touch on the subject of stablecoins, digital assets pegged to the value of a fiat currency, commodity, or financial instrument. Stablecoins such as USD Coin (USDC) and Tether (USDT) have gained significant popularity in crypto

So, it will be interesting to see the outcome of the Senate committee’s discussion on stablecoins, which aims to provide insights into their benefits and risks.

In a related development, Singapore collaborated with prominent financial players, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), JPMorgan, and Amazon, to establish standards for stablecoins, tokenization, and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).

Singapore Accepts Ripple’s Digital Asset Services

Aside from collaborating with the financial players, Singapore has also given Ripple an in-principal acceptance to carry out crypto services in the country.

This approval came from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, according to the announcement from Ripple. The approval granted to its subsidiary, Ripple Markets Asia Pacific, allows the company to scale its “On-Demand Liquidity” (ODL) service.

Notably, Ripple had applied for an institutional payment license under Singapore’s Payment Service Act, securing this in-principle nod. This license will further strengthen Ripple’s position in the Singaporean market and empower it to offer enhanced digital asset services to its customers.

The CEO of Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse, expressed his appreciation for the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s pragmatic and innovation-focused approach toward cryptocurrency-related services.

Also, Stu Alderoty, Ripple’s chief legal officer, highlighted the importance of Singapore’s leadership in establishing a clear taxonomy and licensing framework for the cryptocurrency industry.

He noted that the early regulatory guidance provided by Singapore sets a positive example for other jurisdictions seeking to develop their regulatory frameworks for digital assets.

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