The rise of digital assets

Consumers, merchants, and investors are increasingly adopting digital currencies and turning to blockchain companies to safeguard their assets. Financial institutions must decide how to position themselves and aim to become trusted providers of blockchain banking services.

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We became the first bank in the country to launch a bitcoin-focused hackathon, and we are working this 2022 towards a fast-track for the development of new banking applications that can help us achieve financial inclusion and serve our customers best. TESOBE’s help has been invaluable and we look forward to continue working with them in the future.

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FAQ

Digital assets are virtual representations of value, such as currencies, objects, real estate, and so on. Although digital assets, especially cryptocurrencies, have been thought to introduce many uncertainties and risks, the increasingly regulated market environment has been allievating those concerns and digital assets are being embraced by consumers, merchants, and institutional investors around the globe.

Cryptocurrencies are a type of digital asset used to exchange goods and services. They are decentralised currencies, i.e. there is no central entity that issues cryptocurrencies and crypto transactions do not need intermediaries.

Blockchain banking is the new practice of offering blockchain-based financial services such as digital asset management and payments. There are a wide range of blockchain banking services, including:

  • Digital Asset Management / Custody
  • Crypto Payments
  • Crypto Exchange
  • Decentralised Lending
  • Decentralised Insurance

Custodial solutions offer third party storage and security services for cryptocurrencies. Just as a bank would offer a bank account to safely store fiat currency, a custodian would ensure security and confidentiality of a customer’s private keys and the information needed to restore those keys to access their digital holdings.

Yes, and a number of them are planning to. Banco Hipotecario, Wells Fargo, Vast Bank, Commonwealth bank, and many others plan to offer – or are already offering – some form of blockchain banking services.

DeFi, or Decentralized Finance, is a more accessible and blockchain-based financial system composed of an emerging ecosystem of financial apps and protocols, operating without the need of intermediaries and instead relying on smart contracts.

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