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Latest Perspectives on Stablecoin Accounting and Businesses Regulation.

This article recaps an insightful conversation on stablecoin accounting and regulatory integration and sheds light on the challenges and future outlook of this burgeoning sector.

Discussions surrounding the adoption and regulation of stablecoins have gained significant momentum in recent years within the crypto accounting space. 

Key Participants

  • Dr. Sean Stein Smith, Faculty at Lehman College, blockchain and tokenized assets expert
  • Nami Baral, Founder and CEO of Niural, a global payroll platform leveraging both fiat and crypto payments.
  • Atikh Bana, Co-founder and CEO of Acctual, focuses on accounts payable and receivables automation for digital assets and fiat.

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    Stablecoin Adoption and Usage

    Understanding Stablecoins

    The discussion opened with a definition of stablecoins and their importance to businesses. Dr. Sean Stein Smith emphasized that most stablecoins are backed on a one-to-one basis by the US dollar, making them a stable choice for businesses around the world seeking to access virtual US dollars. This stability and reliability have bolstered their adoption, especially in regions where access to fiat currency is complex.

    Dr. Sean Stein Smith

    Lehman College

    The bulk of both the transaction volume and the dollar-based value of the private stablecoin marketplace tends to be directly connected to those tokens backed on a one-to-one basis with the US dollar” …”They’re the easiest and best sort of proxy for folks to get access to virtual US dollars.

    Business Use Cases

    The panelists shared how businesses, including non-crypto-native companies, have increasingly adopted stablecoins. Nami Baral highlighted that companies using Niural for payroll and contractor payments have seen organic growth in stablecoin utilization, particularly in regions with currency volatility or unstable government environments.

    Nami Baral.

    Niural

    We’ve seen extremely natural and organic growth of stablecoin adoption around the world by companies that are crypto-native as well as non-crypto-native” … “There is a natural pull factor into stablecoin adoption for companies with international workforces, especially in volatile currency environments

    Atikh Bana pointed out that stablecoins offer an efficient alternative to traditional payment networks like SWIFT, especially for cross-border transactions.

    Advantages and Challenges of Stablecoin Adoption

    Ease of Use

    The panel underscored that stablecoins offer a convenient on-ramp to digital currencies, simplifying access to stable assets globally. Sean noted that individuals and institutions are drawn to these assets for their stability and ease of use, positioning them as an appealing solution for international payments.

    Stablecoins backed on a one-to-one basis by that stable currency really can be very appealing and interesting to both individuals and institutions

    Dr. Sean Stein Smith

    Reporting and Compliance

    Despite their advantages, stablecoins present unique challenges in reporting and compliance. Nami Baral explained that stablecoin transactions require meticulous reconciliation, often needing to conform strictly to Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations. She urged a conservative approach to compliance, emphasizing stringent verification processes to avoid regulatory pitfalls.

    “There’s not a lot of unanimity when it comes to stablecoin-related reporting, but it is a work in progress,” Nami Baral stated. “The best thing we can do is apply the harshest, most disciplined methods to ensure compliance.”

    Accounting Standards

    Dr. Sean Stein Smith highlighted the complexities stablecoins introduce to the accounting field. He pointed out that current accounting standards are often inadequate to fully address the unique properties of stablecoins, such as their operation on blockchain networks. This discrepancy has led to ongoing debates about how to account for and regulate these assets effectively.

    “There is one accounting standard for stablecoins, but these instruments operate on a fundamentally different level, creating unique challenges for institutions,” Sean explained.

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    Regulatory Considerations

    Existing Frameworks

    The panelists agreed that regulatory clarity is essential for the widespread adoption of stablecoins. Nami Baral argued for a top-down approach, starting with institutional regulations before expanding to retail. The goal is to align stablecoin regulations closely with established financial rules while adapting to the unique characteristics of digital assets.

    “The law needs to be clearly laid out for institutions first because that’s where most of the volume is going,” said Nami Baral. “They are better equipped to comply with and engage with regulatory bodies for additional transparency.”

    Institutional Trust

    Atikh Bana noted that the growing interest from major financial institutions, like JPMorgan and PayPal, in issuing their own stablecoins indicates a move towards greater institutional trust and integration. As these entities develop their regulatory frameworks, it sets a precedent for other firms to follow suit.

    Atikh Bana

    Acctual

    “We’re seeing that companies want to hold tokens backed by reputable institutions that offer yield and liquidity”… “More adoption will follow if these elements provide the same benefits as holding traditional cash”.

    Future Outlook

    Tokenization and Real-world Assets

    The discussion concluded with an exploration of how the tokenization of real-world assets impacts the stablecoin market. Dr. Smith expressed optimism about the future, noting that the ongoing tokenization trend will likely drive increased stablecoin circulation. This evolution will necessitate robust accounting and reconciliation systems to handle the added complexity.

    “Real-world asset tokenization is going to just increase the volume of stablecoins that are being circulated,” Nami Baral observed. “This will introduce additional layers of complexity in terms of reconciliation.”

    Regulatory Evolution

    Both Sean and Nami reiterated the importance of regulatory evolution in facilitating stablecoin adoption. As regulations catch up with technological advancements, stablecoins will likely become a more integral part of global financial operations, offering both stability and efficiency.

    “Stablecoins provide a major on-ramp to tokenized assets,” said Dr. Sean Stein Smith. “They allow institutions, individuals, and policymakers to feel more comfortable around tokenized assets.”

    Closing Remarks

    The session provided a comprehensive overview of the current state and future potential of stablecoin accounting and regulatory integration, underscoring the sector’s dynamic and evolving nature.

    Watch the full conversation for an in-depth understanding of the challenges and solutions proposed by these crypto accounting leading voices.

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      About the Speakers:

      Dr. Sean Stein Smith

      Dr. Sean Stein Smith, Lehman College faculty, specializes in blockchain, tokenized assets, and AI integration. His extensive research and advisory work make him a leading voice in stablecoin accounting and regulation. Follow Sean on Linkedin here.

      Nami Baral

      Nami Baral, Founder and CEO of Neural, pioneer in global payroll solutions leveraging both fiat and crypto. Her expertise spans stablecoin adoption and the future of digital payments worldwide. Follow Nami on Linkedin here

      Atikh Bana

      Atikh Bana, Co-founder and CEO of Acctual, focuses on automating accounts payable and receivables for digital assets. He brings deep insights into stablecoin use cases and their impact on global finance. Follow Atikh on Linkedin here.

      Cryptoworth

      Cryptoworth, a leading crypto accounting software that helps web3 accountants speed up month-end closing.

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