Bitwala Brings Crypto to Customers
In the past, traditional banks and cryptocurrencies have not gotten along, as they both share extremely different values. Banks are centralized and controlled by outside entities, whereas cryptocurrencies are not. Banks seek to regulate money and only offer their services to a limited portion of the population, whereas bitcoin and its digital cousins have been built on the idea that everyone deserves financial independence, and crypto has sought to bank the unbanked.
Thus, it’s always refreshing to see scenarios like this when both entities can potentially put their differences aside for the benefit of the people. Bitwala has joined forces with a crypto company based in New York known as the Celsius Network. Celsius is unique in that it offers loans and lending services based on crypto. Thus, you can easily take out a loan for $5,000 in BTC or some other correlating digital currency.
Data from DeFi Prime confirms that Bitwala is the first traditional bank to offer services like these involving cryptocurrency.
The idea that users can potentially earn interest on their bitcoins is huge, as the move is similar with staking, a new interest-gaining procedure introduced through crypto. Staking works when multiple customers or traders pool all their assets together in a single account. Typically, this occurs for lesser-known or new forms of crypto. By pooling together, the money is inserted into different pots that ultimately allow it to grow, garnering interest for the individual holders.
The situation with Bitwala is relatively similar. Customers of the bank will be able to purchase small amounts of bitcoin (as little as 30 euros if need be). They can then hold the money in their free bitcoin accounts provided by the bank. They will be given interest payouts each week after Celsius takes their money and lends it out to what are referred to as “trusted” business partners. Granted individuals need to convert their money back into euros at any time, that option is available.
At the time of writing, Bitwala is estimated to hold as many as 80,000 customers. Such a healthy number of individuals gaining newfound access to the world’s number one cryptocurrency by market cap is sure to push it closer towards mainstream and legitimate territory.
The Power of BTC Is Growing
Ben Jones – CEO of Bitwala – explained in an interview:
State money (fiat) cannot be inflated eternally… Right now, more and more people trust in bitcoin. Bitwala is the everyday bridge to it. We are now partnering with the Celsius Network, the world’s leading provider of crypto loans, so that our customers can leverage bitcoin holdings wherever they are.