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Kraken manages to win the Bank Charter approval

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by Janeth Diamond

The State of Wyoming has finally approved Kraken’s application to build the world’s first special-purpose depository Institution(SDPI) which could also be known as Kraken Financial. Kraken Financial has its headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is the first digital asset company in US history to get a bank charter approved under state and federal law. It will be one of the firsts in regulated banks which will provide extensive deposit-taking, custody, and fiduciary services for digital assets. Kraken Financial will help its clients in the US to coherently bank between digital assets and national currencies. 

In the initial stages, Kraken will begin at a local level but it will slowly spread at a global level. The SPDI charter will in addition help accelerate the reach across the country. It will further broaden the scope of services to reach out to companies around the world. 

The SDPI functions on the same principle as a traditional bank but it will deal with digital assets like virtual currency. Kraken Financial as a banking institution is required by Wyoming law to maintain 100% reserves of its deposits of fiat currency at all times. If the clients demanded fiat withdrawal at the same time, it will be able to oblige to every withdrawal demand, irrespective of the number of outstanding loans. This sure is an advantage of the SDPI charter as FDIC usually only insures deposits up to $250,000. Hence for the very same reason, deposits will not be needed to be insured by the FDIC. 

The regulation of Kraken Financial will happen in the same manner as other US banks by the Wyoming Division of Banking. The working on the first regulating manual is underway which is being built on the standards in Wyoming and federal law. 

Kraken Financial plans to provide clients everything that comes under the umbrella of banking bridge between digital assets and national currency. In the first years of operations, SPDI intends to provide clients the ability to deposit USD as well as custody digital assets at a regulated State-chartered bank. These services will automatically get integrated into the present exchange services leading the way to superior funding infrastructure, great regulatory clarity and ease-of-use experience. 

It will also offer many other crypto-based services in the first year of its operations including digital asset custody, demand deposit accounts with a wire transfer, and funding services. Additionally in the next few years, it will add to its kitty better digital custody offerings, staking, account management services, and much more. For its corporate clients, it aims to offer

  • Account management services
  • Bank comfort letters
  • Deposit verifications
  • Proof of funds attestations.

Current and new clients will have the chance to apply for their traditional financial accounts. Once the due diligence procedures are complete, they can easily and rapidly fund their accounts on the exchange. Presently it is working on developing policies and procedures to see to it that it acts under the applicable laws. 

David Kinitsky, CEO of Kraken Financial, said:

“We’re thrilled to work in a state so aligned with our philosophy and values. Wyoming is a rare and shining example of how thoughtful regulation can drive innovation for FinTech companies.”