Merrill Lynch closed access to GBTC for its clients

The decision to close the GBTC for new transactions was dictated by concerns related to the fitness and viability of the standards of this product
04 January 2018   339

Merrill Lynch, a large US bank that was integrated into the Bank of America several years ago, banned its customers and consultants who carry out transactions on their behalf to buy bitcoin through the Grayscale Investment Trust. This is reported by the WSJ. Earlier, Merrill Lynch refused to provide customers with access to bitcoin futures.

Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust or GBTC is a trust fund operating exclusively with bitcoin, the yield of which is determined by the indicators of the crypto currency. It was created as a tool for traditional investors wishing to earn on the growth rate of bitcoin.

In Merrill Lynch, there is no consensus on the latest decision of the bank's management. Some consultants complain that they miss the opportunity to trade, which their clients are actively interested in.

Others argue that restricting access to bitcoin will help protect investors from excessive risks.

In October last year, analysts at Merrill Lynch said that the real cost of bitcoin can not be estimated.

Bank of America: Cryptocurrencies Are a Threat

Bank of America (BoA) has admitted to US regulators it can not pretend any longer that cryptocurrencies are not a threat
23 February 2018   124

On February 22, the report was filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It listed a range of economic, geopolitical, and operational risks that the Charlotte, NC-based bank faces as it heads into the new fiscal year. Crypto adoption was on the list for the first time.

Bank of America (BoA), which recently banned purchasing of crypto with credit cards, stated that this and other similar policies could cost the bank clients.

Clients may choose to conduct business with other market participants who engage in business or offer products in areas we deem speculative or risky, such as cryptocurrencies.

The second largest bank in the U.S. said that adoption of cryptocurrencies could require the bank to make “substantial expenditures” to update its existing services and remain competitive with upstart firms.

The widespread adoption of new technologies, including internet services, cryptocurrencies, and payment systems, could require substantial expenditures to modify or adapt our existing products and services.

According to the Bank of America, cryptocurrencies could limit the institution’s ability to comply with anti-money laundering regulations.

Eventually, this is one of the first public admissions that financial institutions are beginning to worry that mass cryptocurrency adoption could one day become a reality.