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Australia’s largest bank CBA to offer crypto trading services

By Mensholong Lepcha

04:33, 3 November 2021

Commonwealth Bank of Australia signboard
Commonwealth Bank of Australia signboard – Photo: Shutterstock

Australia’s biggest bank Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will offer cryptocurrency trading services to customers through its CommBank app.

The CBA has partnered with cryptocurrency exchange Gemini and blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis to design a cryptocurrency exchange and custody service for its app.

The company said on Wednesday that it will become Australia’s first bank to offer customers cryptocurrency trading services and the pilot for the new service will start in the coming weeks.

CBA is Australia’s largest publicly listed company

CBA, which is Australia’s largest publicly listed company, said it will provide customers access to up to 10 selected crypto assets including Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin.

The legitimacy that cryptocurrencies seek from the broader world has seen positive developments in recent months following the approval of bitcoin exchange-traded funds by market watchdog US Securities and Exchange Commission, and El Salvador’s bitcoin adoption.

“We believe we can play an important role in crypto to address what’s clearly a growing customer need and provide capability, security and confidence in a crypto trading platform,” said CBA CEO Matt Comyn in a statement.

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Financial institutions to play integral role

In response to CBA’s announcement, Michael Saylor, founder and CEO of US-based tech firm MicroStrategy, tweeted “Soon every bank will need to support #Bitcoin to remain competitive.”

According to MicroStrategy’s third-quarter earnings report, the company held about 114,042 bitcoins worth $7.18bn, as of bitcoin price of over $63,000 on Wednesday.

“Financial institutions like CBA play an integral role in growing cryptocurrency adoption safely,” said Chainalysis CEO Michael Gronager.

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CBA shares inch higher

CBA said its partnership with Chainalysis will help compliance teams monitor and mitigate the threat of crime through crypto-asset exchanges.

The company added that it will progressively roll-out more cryptocurrency trading features to customers in 2022.

Shares in CBA rose 0.7% to AUD106.45 on Wednesday.

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With CFDs, you never actually buy or sell the underlying asset that you’ve chosen to trade. You can still benefit if the market moves in your favour or make a loss if it moves against you. However, with traditional stock trading you enter a contract to exchange the legal ownership of the individual shares for money, and you own this equity.

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