55% of the world’s top 100 banks reportedly have crypto and blockchain exposure

International banking giants are reportedly growing their involvement within the rising crypto and blockchain corporations by means of early- and late-stage funding for tasks and companies within the trade.

In accordance with analysis by Blockdata, a blockchain market intelligence outfit, 55 out of the highest 100 banks by property below administration (AUM) have some type of publicity to the novel expertise. This involvement reportedly cuts throughout direct and oblique investments in crypto and decentralized ledger expertise corporations by the banks themselves or through their subsidiaries.

Blockdata’s analysis locations Barclays, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs among the many most energetic backers of crypto and blockchain corporations, with JPMorgan and BNP Paribas additionally recognized as serial buyers within the rising house.

These investments are half of a bigger development of serious backing for blockchain startups, with funding figures already doubling the quantity recorded in 2020, in accordance with a KPMG report.

The analysis additionally reveals crypto custody as a serious focus level for banks delving into the crypto house. Certainly, virtually 1 / 4 of the highest 100 banks by AUM are both growing crypto custody options or are backing startups that provide custodial companies for digital property.

As beforehand reported by Cointelegraph, a number of banks in the USA, Asia and Europe are constructing crypto custody platforms as a part of their preliminary foray into cryptocurrencies.

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Blockdata attributed the rising crypto and blockchain involvement amongst banks to 3 essential elements — skyrocketing income of cryptocurrency startups, regulatory developments, and the growing demand amongst financial institution prospects for publicity to digital property.

Again in Could, NYDIG president Yan Zhao acknowledged that the large revenues of crypto buying and selling giants equivalent to Coinbase have been making banks reexamine their preliminary reticence towards cryptocurrency involvement.

This large income potential is regardless of the considerably smaller groups working for these main crypto corporations.

At $58.09 billion as of the time of writing, Coinbase sits on a valuation virtually half that of Goldman Sachs, the thirteenth largest financial institution on this planet, regardless of using solely about 4% of the latter’s workforce.