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JPMorgan Fears New Breed of Crypto Like Libra Face ‘Gridlock’

  • The coins lack liquidity facilities common in payments systems
  • Negative yields threaten reserves needed to fund operations
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Stablecoins, a fast-growing subset of cryptocurrencies designed to avoid the large fluctuations of Bitcoin and Ether, could fail to function properly in periods of stress, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.

While the total value of all stablecoins is less than $5 billion, the low-volatility tokens are poised for rapid growth, and none more so than the Libra coin developed by Facebook Inc., said the analysts led by Joshua Younger. Yet they are vulnerable to bottlenecks and seizures because they lack the same short-term liquidity facilities common in other payments systems, meaning there’s a risk that activity in the coins will grow faster than the currency can safely support.