Barclays, the second-largest bank in the U.K. by assets, is weighing the launch of a cryptocurrency trading desk. This is reported by Coindesk.
A source familiar with the situation told that the bank assesses how much its customers might be interested in such a proposal.
At present, the bank does not have definite plans for trading crypto-currencies, the source said, adding that the majority, if not all banks are considering such a possibility.
The source added that Barclays is also evaluating the reasons for providing access to trading cryptocurrencies to all its customers, including institutional investors.
Barclays has no plans at this time to build a cryptocurrency trading desk. We constantly monitor developments in the digital currency space and will continue to have a dialog with our clients on their needs and intentions in this market going forward.
Other banks have also previously addressed this issue, the most notable of which is probably Goldman Sachs. Rumors that Goldman could provide its clients with the opportunity to trade cryptocurrencies appeared in December, but a week later the bank's CEO Lloyd Blankfein dispelled them, although he did not rule out that in the future his company might reconsider its position.