BNY Mellon launched a digital custody platform to safeguard select institutional clients’ Ether (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC) holdings on Oct. 11, making America’s oldest bank the first large bank in the country to offer the custody of digital assets and traditional investments on the same platform.
According to a statement, the bank will store private keys to access the funds and provide the same bookkeeping services offered to fund managers in other assets, such as stocks and bonds. The platform is currently available only to select institutional clients in the United States.
“With Digital Asset Custody, we continue our journey of trust and innovation into the evolving digital assets space, while embracing leading technology and collaborating with fintechs,” said Roman Regelman, CEO of securities services and digital at BNY Mellon.
BNY Mellon is 238 years old, possesses over $43 trillion in assets under custody or administration worldwide and, in 2021, formed an enterprise Digital Assets Unit to develop digital assets solutions and a platform to bridge digital and traditional asset custody. The bank was granted approval for crypto custody earlier this fall from the New York financial’s authority.
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A recent survey from the bank revealed that 91% of institutional investors are interested in investing in tokenized products, and 41% of them hold cryptocurrency in their portfolios.
In March, the bank was selected by Circle as the custodian of its USD Coin (USDC) reserves. BNY previously announced its partnership with blockchain-data platform Chainalysis to help traditional financial institutions track and analyze cryptocurrency products, allowing large firms to manage legal risks related to cryptocurrencies.