Digital asset innovations represent new opportunities for consumers and credit unions, CUNA wrote to the Treasury Monday in response to a request for information on digital asset development. CUNA notes credit unions support a “whole-of-government” approach to the issue, as outlined in President Joe Biden’s March executive order on the subject.
“Credit unions have a long history of serving their members in a direct, individualized way that encourages their financial health and well-being,” the letter reads. “Innovations related to digital assets provide a new and unique avenue for credit unions to continue this mission with a significant percentage of their members already invested in cryptocurrencies.”
CUNA adds several steps that could aid in increased adoption of digital assets:
CUNA also notes digital assets can provide an entry point for the unbanked to receive safe, affordable financial services, but adds that credit union services go far beyond deposit accounts.
The letter also reiterates CUNA’s concerns with proposals for a central bank digital currency. CUNA believes the creation of a CBDC could “significantly worsen the provision of financial services.”