Westpac has given a transparent indication of its intent to go into the cryptocurrency and blockchain house, having prior to now been tight-lipped as to its ambitions.
The financial institution posted an open name for a important architect for virtual belongings and cryptocurrency in contemporary weeks, from which it’s transparent that Westpac desires to set itself up as a pace-setter in what’s is jointly calling “virtual belongings”.
Westpac describes its virtual belongings industry as “rising” however states it has a “purpose of getting into the marketplace and reaching a management place.”
It’s on the lookout for an architect that may “translate rising traits from the cryptocurrency and virtual belongings international into the alternatives for Westpac and our consumers”.
On the other hand, extra severely, the architect will be liable for “growing and keeping up the strategic era roadmap for virtual belongings, cryptocurrency and blockchain applied sciences” – suggesting the financial institution will transfer past a easy experimental segment.
Westpac has simplest prior to now instructed iTnews that it used to be “reviewing” the gap.
It nonetheless does now not be offering “virtual belongings” to consumers, however leader era officer David Walker instructed iTnews that it’s “dedicated to offering our consumers with selection and comfort and we regularly evaluate how we lend a hand our consumers with their banking wishes.”
“We now have been exploring blockchain applied sciences for a while, recognising the advantages it might have now not just for consumers, however for streamlining portions of the broader monetary gadget as smartly,” Walker instructed iTnews.
“We’re proceeding to paintings with trade companions, together with regulators, executive and banking friends, on what this might appear to be.
“Making sure the security and safety of our consumers stays a vital attention with using this era.”
If Westpac pushes ahead with its personal blockchain and cryptocurrency performs, it’ll sign up for the remainder of the key banks, which might be already growing the era.
NAB is operating against its personal stablecoin, a kind of cryptocurrency tied to a commodity or forex, whilst ANZ introduced its personal A$DC cryptocurrency in overdue June.
The Commonwealth Financial institution of Australia additionally used to be gearing as much as release its personal cryptocurrency belongings buying and selling platform by means of its CommBank app, sooner than pausing the rollout in Might this yr as the wider cryptocurrency marketplace faltered.