The head of the British multinational investment bank Barclays said that his organization does not intend to open its own subdivision for trading crypto-currencies in the foreseeable future. The announcement was made during the annual general meeting of the bank. This is reported by Financial News London.
Jes Staley said that there were no plans in this direction. He acknowledged that the bank really investigated the effect cryptocurrency on the current state of the financial sector, but is skeptical about the technology because of its regulatory issues.
Rumors that Barclays could start cryptotrading operations arose in mid-April. As noted by NewsBTC, at the same time unknown insiders reported that the unit can be opened jointly with Goldman Sachs - another major financial institution whose ambiguous position with respect to crypto-currencies has repeatedly become the basis for various kinds of rumors and conjectures.
Later, information appeared that the bank was polling its customers to find out how interesting they could be digital assets. In response to a request from CoinDesk, a spokesman for Barclays said that the company does not plan to open a crypto-currency unit at the moment, but is following new developments in the field of financil technologies, which was confirmed by mister Staley today.