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A Classification Framework for Stablecoin Designs


  • Amani Moin
  • Emin Gun Sirer
  • Kevin Sekniqi


Stablecoins promise to bridge fiat currencies with the world of cryptocurrencies. They provide a way for users to take advantage of the benefits of digital currencies, such as ability to transfer assets over the internet, provide assurance on minting schedules and scarcity, and enable new asset classes, while also partially mitigating their volatility risks. In this paper, we systematically discuss general design, decompose existing stablecoins into various component design elements, explore their strengths and drawbacks, and identify future directions.

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  • Amani Moin & Emin Gun Sirer & Kevin Sekniqi, 2019. "A Classification Framework for Stablecoin Designs," Papers 1910.10098,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1910.10098

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