The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), an agency created by Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the U.S. financial system.
The FDIC is the insurer for all insured depository institutions (IDIs) in the U.S. and the primary federal supervisor for state-chartered banks and savings institutions that have not joined the Federal Reserve System.
As of Dec. 31, 2021, there were 3,122 FDIC-supervised institutions and 4,839 FDIC-insured institutions. Among FDIC-supervised institutions, 2,816 were commercial banks and 306 were savings institutions.
“Any FDIC-supervised institution that is already engaged in crypto-related activities should promptly notify the FDIC. Institutions notifying the FDIC are also encouraged to notify their state regulator,” the announcement details, adding:
The FDIC will review the information and provide relevant supervisory feedback.
In its letter to supervised entities, the FDIC outlined several risk considerations relating to crypto assets. They involved safety, soundness, financial stability, and consumer protection.
The FDIC reiterated:
Crypto-related activities may pose significant safety and soundness risks, as well as financial stability and consumer protection concerns.