Cryptocurrencies represent a significant digital innovation in financial services and we recognise that there is a significant global market for crypto currencies and that many customers find cryptocurrencies interesting. At the same time, we see great potentials in the blockchain technology, which cryptocurrencies build upon. However, as a financial institution, Danske Bank for several reasons maintains a very cautious approach towards cryptocurrencies.
Reasons to maintain a very cautious approach
- Trade in cryptocurrencies is not always sufficiently transparent, which may make it difficult for us as a financial institution to meet our obligations to fight financial crime and money laundering.
- Trade in cryptocurrencies is only partially regulated by financial regulation and consumers therefore do not always have the consumer protection associated with regulated financial products.
- Pricing of cryptocurrencies is opaque and highly fluctuating, and as an investor, you have limited insight into how the market develops and what drives the price.
- Transactions with certain cryptocurrencies require very large amounts of computing power that are extremely energy intensive, and this is in not in line with Danske Bank's ambition to promote sustainable development together with our customers.