National Australia Bank, one of the four major banks in the country, has created a stablecoin AUDN for cross-border transactions and carbon credit trading, according to an Australian Financial Review report

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Fast facts

  • The AUDN stablecoin is backed 1:1 by the Australian dollar and is expected to launch sometime in mid-2023, according to the report.
  • Stablecoins are typically pegged to a currency or commodity which makes its price movements relatively stable. 
  • ANZ Banking Group, another one of Australia’s major banks, launched its Australian dollar-pegged stablecoin A$DC last year. 
  • Australia has also announced central bank digital currency (CBDC) trials, and has come up with a “token mapping” procedure to plug gaps in regulation and protect investors.
  • See related article: Where is the stablecoin market heading in 2023?