05/10/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/10/2021 02:37
Recent headlines give an indication of the interest and increasing acceptance of cryptocurrency by financial institutions. Consider:
What is this opportunity that these organizations are grasping? Some context to this broad topic is appropriate.
What is cryptocurrency?
Cryptocurrency is digital money. This means there's no physical coin or bill - it's all online. Cryptocurrency is stored in a 'digital wallet,' either online, on your computer, or on other hardware. Bitcoin, the largest of the trading cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, is a type of cryptocurrency. It is not backed by any country's central bank or government. Bitcoins can be traded for goods or services with vendors who accept Bitcoins as payment.
A new type of partnership
Fintechs like FIS are exploring partnerships to provide buying and selling services for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC). Our goal is to provide financial institution clients with the ability to offer this type of transaction support to their customers. Financial institutions can leverage their role as a trusted adviser to their retail and business customers.
With a cryptocurrency offering relationship, our client banks can offer their end customers the ability to buy, sell or hold cryptocurrency - with future offerings that will focus on cards and rewards. Recent research from Cornerstone indicates banks have a significant opportunity to provide BTC transactions.
How could it work?
Bank customers could be able to purchase cryptocurrency through a cryptocurrency partner funding those purchases from funds in the bank customers' bank accounts. Your core technology partner should provide pre-built integration for conducting buy, sell or hold transactions between the banking ecosystems and the BTC partner.
Why do customers care?
Bitcoin use and valuation grows as companies and individuals seek hedges against potential currency devaluation. Banks can thus help address this market need by leveraging their relationships to support cryptocurrency transactions.
Benefits of a cryptocurrency arrangement for financial institutions include:
Our next step
FIS is working on finalizing a new partnership while also planning any needed integration to launch Cryptocurrency Services this year. More information will follow as our plans come together.