Seen some Qs lately on stablecoins vs cryptocurrencies (BTC, ETH, XRP). First and foremost: it’s very clear that these technologies are complementary, not competitive. It boils down to these points for me 👇🏾
What stablecoins offer:
1. Immutable standards - ERC-20, XRPL IOU, etc. Innovative financial services can be built off of these standards without having to worry about breaking API changes, downtime, etc.
2. Fiat on and off ramps to the broader ecosystem - when banks adopt stablecoins, they connect the crypto ecosystem to local rails thus providing a piece of the puzzle that historically has been missing.
3. Wallets can now be used to custody fiat and crypto - thus providing broad based access to banking services to the underserved across the world. It’s now possible for global populations (banked or not) to hold non-domestic fiat currencies such as USD.
What stablecoins don't offer:
1. Trustless systems - you're trusting the issuer (private enterprise, bank, etc) to have reserves (specifically for fiat-backed).
2. Interoperability - if issuers all create their own stablecoins, you’re recreating the same system. Counterparty free assets like BTC, ETH, XRP are imperative for cross-chain settlement.
3. Frictionless user experience - most stablecoins require an onboarding process, review of personal credentials, and active transaction monitoring.
The 3rd OCC letter outlining how banks can operate public blockchain nodes and use stablecoins for payments shows that this isn’t an either/or for public blockchains vs stablecoins -- it’s further validation that global payment systems should be able to utilize both.

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