Singapore’s financial regulator wants its banks and blockchains to be friends


Singapore’s monetary regulator has revealed it should assist native cryptocurrency companies arrange conventional financial institution accounts, to assist enhance the nation’s fintech economic system.

“What we try to do is to carry the banks and cryptocurrency fintech startups collectively to see if there’s some understanding they will attain,” Financial Authority of Singapore managing director Ravi Menon instructed Bloomberg.

Earlier than you go shifting to Singapore to arrange your new blockchain-based agency looking for crypto-riches, Menon additionally made it clear that this assistance will solely be for native Singaporean companies.

“We shouldn’t be attempting to create a particularly lax regulatory setting in an effort to appeal to that form of enterprise,” he added.

It seems that crypto-based Singaporean companies have been struggling to develop as banks proceed to disclaim or shut their accounts.

Particular particulars of how the Singaporean regulator will mediate relationships between banks and startups haven’t but been disclosed.

Singapore isn’t the primary nation to step in to nurture relationships between banks and cryptocurrency startups.

Final month, the Swiss government issued guidelines to its 250-plus banks to assist nurture their relationships with blockchain startups: many blockchain corporations have been leaving the nation after having financial institution accounts revoked or closed.

Provided that blockchain was created to lower society’s reliance on banks, It’s considerably ironic that blockchain-based companies nonetheless rely so closely on them to do enterprise.

However perhaps at some point we’ll lastly see blockchain-based corporations that may be completely self-sufficient; ones that gained’t depend on conventional banking to outlive.

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Revealed October 11, 2018 — 10:52 UTC

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