Germany’s savings banks are working together to potentially start offering crypto trading to customers directly from their accounts in 2022.
- The network of some 400 savings banks across Germany will vote on whether to proceed with the project early next year, German business publication Capital reported Monday.
- If approved, the banks would be able to offer trading of digital currencies such as bitcoin and ether to their customers direct from their checking accounts.
- A pilot for the project is being developed by payment IT services provider S-Payment, Capital said.
- The savings banks have about 50 million customers and manage about $1 trillion in assets. Even modest take-up could see sizeable inflows of funds into the crypto market.
- The news represents the second potentially significant development to come from Germany this year, following the approval of a law in July allowing “Spezialfonds” (special funds) to allocate up to 20% of their portfolios to crypto, which could equate $400 billion.