by Marvin Dumont
Gatekeepers won’t let new kids on the block enter mainstream commerce.
JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, HSBC, Citigroup — these are biggest financial institutions that have trillions of dollars in assets under management. But they’re also refusing financial services (such as opening a checking account) to cryptocurrency-related businesses, whether big or small.
“It’s a massive compliance headache that they don’t want to put the resources in to solve,” said Sam Bankman-Fried, chief executive officer of Alameda Research, a digital-assets trading firm in Berkeley, California, in March 3 Bloomberg interview.
Banks refer to illicit activities (like money laundering) as reason for refusing access. However, most illicit funds actually flow through their networks. For example, Deutsche Bank was found complicit in $10 billion worth of money-laundering.
Global crypto companies such as BitPay (payment processor) and Kraken (exchange) find it harder to run a legitimate operation. Jesse Powell, CEO of Kraken, tweeted in January that his firm nearly went bankrupt as consequence:
Paypal locked up all the money I had for 6 months, almost lost my business/apartment. BofA killed @Krakenfx’s payroll account on 30 days notice. Chase killed it on 5 days notice, by mail, which arrived after the account was closed. Found out when employee checks bounced.
In Feb. 2018, financial institutions such as JPMorgan, Bank of America, Capital One, and Citigroup barred customers from buying Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptos with a credit card.
There’s plenty of innovation in blockchain and programmable monies. And plenty of resistance, too.
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