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This article was published on May 20, 2019

Dutch bank ABN AMRO ditches its Bitcoin wallet because it’s ‘too risky’

No more Wallie

Dutch bank ABN AMRO ditches its Bitcoin wallet because it’s ‘too risky’
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Dutch bank ABN AMRO has decided to cancel its plans for a custodial cryptocurrency wallet, called Wallie, claiming that digital assets are “just too risky.”

Back in January, the rumor mill spun into action after images surfaced on Twitter that appeared to suggest Dutch bank ABN AMRO was designing a cryptocurrency wallet. But now the bank‘s senior press officer, Jarco de Swart, confirmed to Hard Fork in an email that the bank has “decided not to follow up on the Wallie enquiry [sic].”

“We have approached all the people who have shown interest,” he continued. “We have concluded that cryptocurrencies because of their unregulated nature are at the moment too risky assets [sic] for our clients to invest in.”

Back in January, reports suggested that ABN AMRO was trialing a cryptocurrency wallet. On further investigation, Hard Fork discovered the bank was in fact asking 500 of its customers if it should offer a cryptocurrency wallet and what it should look like if it did.

Initial mockups appeared to suggest ABN AMRO‘s wallet would be a custodial service in which the bank holds the private keys. This alarmed some; as the saying goes, “not your keys, not your coins.”

Indeed, this is one of many blockchain applications the bank has been involved in. The bank has already joined an industry consortium to trade oil and gas on the blockchain.

ABN AMRO has so far been apprehensive of cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin.

With this latest news, it seems the bank is still treading with extreme caution when it comes to offering its customers access to virtual currencies.

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