Multinational insurance and asset management company AXA is eyeing bitcoin to help streamline the remittance market, the general partner of its VC fund has told CoinDesk.
Though no bitcoin or blockchain startups have received AXA funding so far, Tran said the firm is in talks with a number of 'rebittance' companies looking to disrupt the $582bn sector.
Aside from bitcoin's use in the remittance market, AXA is exploring how blockchain technology could be used in fields such as real estate, wealth management, intellectual property and – crucially – insurance. This news coincides with today's announcement of Kamet, the bank's £111m 'InsurTech' incubator.
Although banking remains a risk-averse industry, many big name firms are now exploring the potential of blockchain technology through their VC arms.
Others are exploring custom technologies via in-house R&D. UBS has a year-long residency in London FinTech incubator Level 39 to work out proof-of-concepts that could benefit its stakeholders. Meanwhile, Ken Moore, the head of Citi's Innovation Labs, revealed the bank was testing its own cryptocurrency, Citicoin.
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