“A surge in interest from clients” has motivated the financial giant Citigroup to move into the world of crypto – after the bank stated that it was considering the launch of crypto trading, custody and financing services. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs reportedly started trading bitcoin (BTC)-linked derivatives. (Updated at 14:29 UTC with more details about Goldman Sachs.)
Speaking to the Financial Times, Itay Tuchman, Citigroup’s global head of foreign exchange, claimed the bank would not be rushed into committing itself on crypto-related matters and was still “not decided whether it will offer clients cryptocurrency-related services.”
“Institutional demand continues to grow significantly in this space, and being able to work with partners like Cumberland will help us expand our capabilities. [The non-deliverable forwards option is] paving the way for us to evolve our nascent cash-settled crypto-currency capabilities.”
Also, the bank informed its markets personnel on Thursday that a newly created cryptocurrency trading desk had successfully traded two kinds of bitcoin-linked derivatives (cash settled bitcoin futures and non-deliverable forwards), CNBC reported, citing an internal memo.
Goldman is seeking to broaden its market presence by “selectively onboarding” crypto trading institutions to expand offerings, the report said, adding that the firm also launched a new software platform this week that provides the latest cryptocurrency prices and news to clients.
“Please note, the firm is not in a position to trade bitcoin, or any cryptocurrency (including Ethereum) on a physical basis,” the note reads.
At 14:27 UTC, BTC trades at USD 56,931 and is unchanged in a day. The price is up by 6% in week, trimming its monthly losses to less then 2%.
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