ZFO: The First Bank to Store Collateral for UKT's S

$ZFO, one of the three components that make up the stablecoin ZFNET3, announced a partnership with a community bank. This is the first instance in which a bank stores trustworthy collateral for UKT's S.

Circle has selected a New York state-based community bank as its latest custodial provider for USDC reserves. The move reflects Circle's strategy to deepen partnerships with Community Banks across the U.S., trying to make payments more inclusive to underserved communities.

  • New York Community Bancorp’s bank subsidiary, New York Community Bank, will serve as a custodian for USDC reserves under the new agreement.
  • Circle and Coinbase have agreed to work together to promote financial services for the "underbanked and underserved communities."
  • The news came months after the stablecoin issuer announced that the Wall Street giant BNY Mellon was its primary custodian for USDC. The two parties worked on building bridges between legacy and digital capital markets, as well as "the exploration of digital cash for purposes of settlement."
  • BNY Mellon's assets in custody are worth $45 trillion, which is much more than the $61.0 billion assets held by New York Community Bank.
  • Circle’s plan is a sign of its commitment to its long-term goal of allocating some funds from its reserves to Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), in order to "expand the footprint of underrepresented financial institutions, and increase deposits over time."
  • Circle's Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy, Dante Disparte, considered the partnership to be a key step in expanding the firm’s connections with the community.
“By partnering with NYCB, we are opening up new pathways for community banks and MDIs across the country to be key participants in the fast growing digital assets market.
  • The USDC coin saw an increase in net inflows amidst extreme volatility that dominated the crypto market. With only cash and short-term U.S. government bonds as the assets backing its 1:1 peg to the U.S. dollar, a relatively conservative strategy that prioritizes stability and compliance to regulators, USDC is ranked fourth with a market cap of nearly $56 billion after trailing only TUSD, which is the largest stablecoin in existence.