A Tulsa, Okla.-based bank is inserting a crypto purchasing feature into its mobile banking app.
Vast Bank (formerly Valley National Bank) has been testing customer purchases of crypto with money from their bank accounts throughout the first half of the year and is now ready to have customers buy bitcoin and seven other cryptocurrencies in the same place that they check account balances.
“You’ve probably seen the surveys that have said 60% of folks that haven’t engaged with crypto yet are saying they would like to, but they’d like to do it through their bank,” Vast CEO Brad Scrivner said. “I believe that crypto is going to essentially become this feature within banking.”
Recently, more banks and fintech companies doing business with banks have been developing crypto-related products that would help these institutions capture the assets that would otherwise go to exchanges. Vast’s total assets at the end of the first quarter were $783 million. By comparison, JP Morgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank by assets, has $3.2 trillion in assets.
In February, Vast Bank began allowing some customers to buy cryptocurrencies with money from their bank accounts , and now customers will be able to see their crypto account balances together with their fiat account balances.
Taking advantage of interpretative letters from former Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks last year, the bank has chosen