How do banks feel about cryptocurrency?
Why is it complicated to open a bank account for a crypto business?
Although cryptocurrencies are earning on their popularity and their use-cases are getting wider like NFTs artist, NFT marketplaces, DeFi, Blockchain games, crypto exchanges, etc… In the last year, we have seen a massive growth of the whole market. Despite the mass adoption, we must see a collaboration between traditional financial institutions and cryptocurrency businesses to continue with the growth.
Banks’ current reflection is that their inherent risks overshadow their potential benefits. Banks are believing that transactions with cryptocurrencies are presenting a high-risk industry and requires in-depth due diligence, but cryptocurrencies may offer comprehensive benefits to financial institutions, customer, and the banking sector.
The key challenge that we noticed with companies, like NFTs artists, NFT marketplaces, DeFi, Blockchain games, crypto exchanges, that operate in the virtual currency area face, is getting and maintaining a bank account so they can pay their employees, suppliers and serve customers.
Why Banks are worried about Cryptocurrencies?
The traditional banking institutions are slow to adjust to new regulations and regulatory frameworks. If you as a business owner of the crypto company goes to the bank requesting opening a bank account, once you mention that you are operating in “that bitcoin stuff” 95% of banks will not permit you to open a bank account, or worse- they will open a bank account for you and after some period they will shut it down and give you 14 day to withdraw the capital. It is no wonder that banks are acting like that since there are no yet clear regulations in all countries of Europe. (not earlier than in 2 years there will be: MiCa). Additional reasons:
Crypto assets were designed as an alternative to traditional banking infrastructure that doesn’t need an intermediary and isn’t tethered to the capacity of a centralized government, bank. Instead of depending on centralized intermediaries in these transactions, the trust is seated in the blockchain code and the distributed nature of the blockchain.
The decentralized nature of the currency is seen to undermine the power of central banks, leaving some to believe that they won’t be needed anymore, or they’ll be unable to control the money supply.
Many banks are concerned about the lack of anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) regulations surrounding digital currency transactions. Frequently, banks are under the impression that cryptocurrency transactions can’t be tracked for AML and KYC considerations, which could lead to illegal activity and scams on the network.
The price of cryptocurrencies has generally been volatile over their short life. Banks see this as a risk because historically, the price hasn’t been stable, so they believe the currency might not remain a stable investment vehicle over time.
Our compliance officer has written also his point of view on the bank's approach:
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The obstacles and problems described above were the motivation to establish Swipelux. We are a bridge between the traditional financial world and the crypto world. We are bridging these two worlds by integrating a payment widget that allows end-users to buy Fungible tokens (like BTC, ETH, etc.) or Non-Fungible tokens with a payment card.
We can help companies like NFT marketplaces, DeFi, Blockchain games, crypto exchanges, crypto wallet providers,… with the onboarding of fiat retail users to your platform. We as a Swipelux are handling:
We take care of all the legal requirements relating to AML/KYC. If there are any issues with payment/KYC/KYT — Swipelux will detect them and solve the problem. We are handling the chargeback and providing a secure environment for our partners and their clients.
We are sourcing the liquidity from many CEX and DEX. We have taken a full transparency approach with No-Markups.
Credit card processing
We are processing the payment cards so we can make the process of onboarding customers from the fiat world to the crypto world in the most convenient way
We understand the UX/UI is the key point of every business so for that reason we can fully customize the widget flow.
Cut yourself off from Different crypto exchanges, wallets and increase the time spent of your users on your platform with the Swiepux widget and forget about any crypto-friendly banks.
Let’s build an amazing future together!
Filip Kollert- email@example.com
Co-founder of Swipelux