- Oct 25, 2021
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German Savings Banks Might Get Into Crypto
The largest association of banks in Germany is
This group of banks is known to be among the most conservative in the country, with their customers still holding cash and not risking their capital on other investments.
A representative for the German Savings Banks Association stated:
The interest in crypto assets is huge.
The proposed pilot is still being considered, and the committee must vote on its approval. If approved, there may be a working cryptocurrency wallet offered next year.
Advantages Over Other Platforms
Banks can present certain advantages over formal exchanges because they typically already fulfill due diligence requirements, having a structure designed around such compliance. This could ease the trading experience for users, who would be able to purchase cryptocurrencies directly with their checking accounts, and without going through KYC (Know Your Customer) procedures, given that the banks already have this information.
Given the structure of the Germany Savings Banks Association, the choice of offering these crypto services is individual for each bank, meaning each of the 370 banks will decide on this matter on their own. But
If approved, the program could change the way senior investors see cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum, which are yet considered new and risky assets by much of mainstream and legacy finance. Spanish banks have also
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