Citigroup considers crypto amid surge in customer demand on Wall Street

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Citigroup is reportedly contemplating providing crypto-related companies to its clients in response to rising demand, particularly from asset managers and hedge funds.

The monetary companies agency’s international head of international change, Itay Tuchman, told the Monetary Instances on Friday that the funding financial institution was already exploring the opportunity of offering crypto companies to its purchasers.

Buying and selling, financing and custody companies are being mentioned, however Tuchman mentioned the agency wouldn’t be rushed into launching one thing that might fear regulators.

“We shouldn’t do something that’s not secure and sound. We are going to bounce in after we are assured that we are able to construct one thing that advantages purchasers and that regulators can assist,” he mentioned.

Tuchman mentioned the financial institution witnessed a rise within the variety of purchasers inquiring about Bitcoin (BTC) beginning in August 2020. On the time the coin worth had simply climbed 33% within the area of a month, from $9,000 to $12,000, and the worldwide cryptocurrency market capitalization was round one-tenth of what it’s now.

However Citigroup is seemingly in no hurry to leap on the bandwagon even with Bitcoin at present perched at $55,000. Tuchman mentioned the agency wouldn’t fall sufferer to its personal concern of lacking out, and would as an alternative play the lengthy sport with cryptocurrency, which the financial institution believes will nonetheless be round for some time but.

“I don’t have any FOMO [fear of missing out] as a result of I imagine that crypto is right here to remain and that we’re simply on the very starting of the market. This isn’t an area race. There may be room for greater than only one flag,” mentioned Tuchman.