Morgan Stanley, a prominent financial institution, anticipates stablecoins to back the U.S. dollar (USD) amidst concerns of de-dollarization.
The report highlights the challenges USD is exposed to due to the rise of digital currencies. In addition, it underscored the global efforts to promote de-dollarization.
EU & China Intensify De-dollarization Risks
Morgan Stanley underscores the current scrutiny the U.S. dollar faces despite the U.S. contributing 25% to the global GDP.
Moreover, USD constitutes nearly 60% of global foreign exchange reserves and de-dollarization could lead to a reduced share.
The report noted that recent U.S. monetary policies and strategic economic sanctions have led some nations to explore alternatives.
In addition, the document stated that the European Union is making efforts to boost the Euro’s role in international trade.
The EU is currently targeting energy transactions and key commodities, posing a potential challenge to the USD.
Additionally, China’s advancement of the Chinese Yuan (CNY) through initiatives like the Cross-Border Interbank Payment System (CIPS) is noted as a significant contender against the dollar-centric Clearing House Interbank Payments System (CHIPS).
In addition, Morgan Stanley noted that the increased adoption of Bitcoin (BTC) and the emergence of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) could threaten USD’s position.
Recently, countries like India, Brazil, China, and the U.K. have initiated efforts to develop CBDCs amid regulatory concerns.
Despite these challenges, Morgan Stanley emphasizes that stablecoins could come to USD’s rescue.
The institution highlighted the remarkable growth and adoption of stablecoins, particularly those pegged to the U.S. dollar.
The report cites stablecoins’ utility beyond trading as a key factor contributing to their rising importance.
The document added, “Dollar-backed stablecoins are set to have a profound impact on the financial sector, potentially reshaping how money is moved across borders.”
In addition, Morgan Stanley acknowledged the exponential growth of dollar-linked stablecoins. It noted that processing transactions rose close to $10 trillion on public blockchains in 2022, emerging as a rival to traditional payment giants like PayPal and Visa.
Furthermore, Morgan Stanley suggested that stablecoins wouldn’t challenge the USD’s dominance.
Instead, the “continued evolution and growing acceptance” of stablecoins by conventional financial agencies could reinforce the U.S. dollar as the dominant global currency.
Additionally, Morgan Stanley views stablecoins as a critical catalyst in significantly altering the landscape of global finance.