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According to its newly announced cryptocurrency stance, Danske Bank will not block credit cards used for encrypted transactions. The Danish bank will also accept deposits related to crypto investments, although it takes a cautious approach to decentralized digital assets.
In response to increasing inquiries from customers and other stakeholders, Danske Bank released its official position on crypto assets. “In recent years, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have received a lot of attention from investors and the media,” the bank pointed out, outlining its current position on crypto trading and investment.
Denmark’s largest banking institution recognizes that “cryptocurrency represents a major digital innovation in the field of financial services” and praised “the great potential of blockchain technology.” At the same time, it continues to maintain a “very cautious attitude towards cryptocurrencies.” The bank listed several reasons.
First, Danske found it difficult to fulfil its obligations to combat financial crime and money laundering, because encrypted transactions “are not always sufficiently transparent.” The bank added that pricing is opaque and volatile, leaving investors limited insight into the market.
In addition, Danske insisted that because encrypted transactions are only partially regulated, customers cannot get the same level of consumer protection as other financial products. The bank also believes that the “extremely energy-intensive” handling of cryptocurrency transactions conflicts with its own ambitions to promote sustainable development.
Citing these concerns, Danske Bank reminded customers that its platform currently does not support the trading of cryptocurrencies and crypto-based financial instruments. The financial institution also recommends generally not to invest in digital assets or related products. However, the Danish banking group pledged to support the development of crypto regulations under the new EU legislation called Crypto Asset Market Regulation (MiCA), while emphasizing:
We continue to pay attention to the development of the cryptocurrency field, and as the cryptocurrency market matures and further supervision, we will review our position.
Despite his hesitation on cryptocurrencies, Danske did not completely reject crypto traders and investors. For example, the bank stated that it will not block credit cards used for encrypted transactions as long as customers comply with applicable anti-money laundering rules and laws. The bank also emphasized that it will treat deposits of funds derived from cryptocurrency investments like deposits of any other type of investment.
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