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Germany’s Biggest Bank Talked the Talk, Now it Walks the Crypto Walk

Tim Alper
Last updated: | 1 min read

Deutsche Bank has gone low-key with its crypto intentions, but after months of crypto-positalk, the bank – Germany’s biggest with assets of almost USD 1.8 trillion – has taken the plunge into crypto custody.

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It’s not a surprising move as the bank’s analysts have been making bullish remarks on bitcoin (BTC) in recent months, and have called fiat a monetary “fad.” Back in 2019, the bank warned that fiat was wobbling, and called crypto’s rise “inevitable.”

And while Deutsche Bank refrained from making a big public announcement, it appears to have come good on its talk as early as last year – although few have noticed until media reports this weekend picked up on a World Economic Forum originally published in December 2020. Named Crypto, What Is it Good for?: An Overview of Cryptocurrency Use Cases, the report featured a section called Deutsche Bank Digital Asset Custody.

The authors wrote that the bank envisages creating a “secure connected bridge between digital assets and a customer’s traditional banking services,” and allow customers to access their “digital assets and fiat holdings in one easy-to-use platform.”

And like many other international banks of late, the report noted that the bank is hoping to “offer an institutional-grade” hot and cold wallet “storage solution” featuring “insurance-grade protection.”

The authors added that initial technical work on the project was already done, and added that an international test was now in the pipelines – with a rollout possible as early as this year.

They concluded,

“The bank has completed its proof of concept and is aiming for a minimum viable product in 2021 while exploring global client interest for a pilot initiative.”

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