Expressing the desire to know the domain of cryptocurrency better, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) is preparing to further its understanding as customer interest in digital currency grows by the day. Matt Comyn, the chief executive of the CBA, said that the concept of cryptocurrency is very broad. He also said that the bank first needs to understand it thoroughly before taking a plunge into the sector.
Admitting that the bank does not have a very accommodating attitude towards the concept of cryptocurrency, Comyn reasoned that it’s due to reservations about the security risks associated with digital currency. It is important to note that NAB and Westpac have expressed their reservations about the idea of trading cryptocurrencies. Revealing that the idea of digital coins is under the consideration at CBA for quite some time now, Comyn said that this could lead to a more supportive framework from the bank to adopt digital coins.
The exponential growth in the cryptocurrency segment, especially in stablecoin trading, has caught the attention of the top management at the CBA. Comyn also said that there are many cryptocurrency players in the market having comprehensive different business models which might not go down well with the standards of the CBA, other banks and financial institutions around the world. Specifically, this could create problems in the adoption of digital currencies and their integration within the business model of CBA.
The top executive also revealed that the bank is constantly in touch with the AUSTRAC, the financial crimes watchdog of Australia in relation to the growing interest of the people in the trade of digital coins. Highlighting that the swift emergence of cryptocurrency on a global scale mandates attention from policymakers and business stakeholders, Comyn said that there is a compelling need to look into the segment immediately.