Russia's Largest Banks Are Piloting Bitcoin and Crypto Portfolios
Two of Russia's largest banks are planning to launch a cryptocurrency portfolio product for their private banking clients, Kommersant reported.
Two of Russia's largest banks are piloting cryptocurrency portfolios for their private clients, the Kommersant newspaper reported Friday.
Under the watch of the Bank of Russia, Sberbank and Alfa Bank will offer their clients shares in a special fund that will be trading the six most popular cryptocurrencies on major exchanges, including Kraken and Bitstamp, according to the report.
Sberbank, the main state-owned bank responsible for processing government employee paychecks, and Alfa Bank, the largest private bank in the nation, plan to enter crypto trading with the help of the AddCapital investment fund, the National Settlement Depository and Group IB.
Sberbank Private Banking deputy chair Ana Ivanchuk said:
"Our goal is to speed-up the recognition of the digital assets as legitimate financial assets as soon as possible," said Anton Rakhmanov, manager of Alfa Bank's private banking branch.
AddCapital, the investment fund which participated in the recent pre-sale of Telegram tokens, is said to be in charge of the technical solution for the project. CEO Alexey Prokofyev said the investment process will see investors purchase a share of the fund.
The portfolio will include the six most popular cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum and litecoin. The combination of coins will be revised four times a year, and their proportions will be balanced by a trading algorithm.
"The shares are liquid and a client can send them for fiat currencies any time," Prokofyev said.
The National Settlement Depository, which is a part of the Moscow Exchange Group, will act as the custodian. While testing the portfolio process will take roughly 45 days, the specific dates have not been disclosed.
Sberbank declined to comment when reached.
Russian flag image via Shutterstock
The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.
Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk’s longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to consensus.coindesk.com to register and buy your pass now.