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BREAKING: Kraken Becomes First Exchange to Be a US Bank

One of the world most trusted, and popular exchanges, Kraken, just became a US bank under Wyoming Law. This should be regarded as a massive win for the entire crypto industry. The reason being that Kraken has consistently argued, and strived for the legitimization of the cryptocurrency industry. It seems it’s only right for them to be the first cryptocurrency exchange to become an official US bank. Kraken won’t be the last to obtain the status of bank. They will be blazing the trail for future exchanges seeking the same status, paving the way for total adoption.

The Kraken with the American Flag and Bitcoin Symbol

Direct Access to US Payment Channels

So what exactly are the perks of becoming an official US bank? Why would Kraken want to pursue this status in the first place? It comes down to how money is managed at a federal level, and how easily that money is moved around. By being a business, or institution there needs to be a middle layer in between the federal settlements and Kraken. This entity would be Kraken’s US Bank. Now, Kraken is free to be their own bank, giving them direct access to federal payment channels. This should allow Kraken to move quicker with USD deposits and withdrawals. It’s speculated that this could also mean that Kraken will be able to offer even cheaper rates than they already do.

Kraken Set To Steamroll Across the United States

When cryptocurrency businesses are considering opening up shop in the United States, one of the first things they realize ends up being a major deterrent. In order to operate in every one of the US states, separate documentation and registration need to be obtained. That is, every state has their own regulatory compliance measures. The fact that Kraken has become a state-chartered bank, gives them the ability to skip the application process for other states. This greatly accelerates the rate at which Kraken can further scale across the United States. From a business perspective, the value of their new status is incalculable. Kraken has saved itself hundreds of hours of paperwork.

A New Range of Opportunities

Kraken will be able to offer a range of services that its competitors cannot offer as easily. For example, Kraken can be custodians for businesses wishing to offer crypto custodianship as a service. They are also able to offer debit cards that allow users to spend their cryptocurrency directly from their Kraken account. Perhaps one of the most intriguing leg ups it has on its competitors is its proximity to securities regulators. Cryptocurrency Security Tokens is a very taboo area of the industry. One that has not properly been streamlined or tackled by a formal institution. Kraken positioning itself as a bank has the opportunity to add their own stamp of legitimacy to projects wishing to go the security token route. 

A Win for All of Crypto

Regardless of where you stand within the cryptocurrency industry, this should be considered a win for the adoption of cryptocurrency. The reason being is one of the largest, most trusted, and longest running cryptocurrency exchanges gets a seat at the bankers table. When crypto anarchists imagine how to take down the banks, few consider this can be done from the inside. Instead of trying to convince any of the US banks to adopt crypto, why not just make Kraken a bank? 

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Keegan Francis

Keegan Francis is a cryptocurrency knowledge expert and consultant. He recognized the opportunity in cryptocurrency early in his career and has been invested in it since 2014. His passion led him to start the Go Full Crypto, a project that documents his journey of totally opting out of traditional financial services. Keegan has been living entirely off of cryptocurrencies since 2019.

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