Portuguese banks shutting crypto accounts citing risk management concerns

Portuguese banks shutting crypto accounts citing risk management concerns


Several large banks in Portugal have reportedly begun closing the accounts of cryptocurrency exchanges due to “risk management” concerns, suggesting a shift in Portugal’s pro-crypto position. The country’s central bank appears to have given the financial institutions the green light to take action.

Several of Portugal’s top banks recently closed the accounts of CriptoLoja, the country’s first cryptocurrency exchange to obtain a license to operate. According to a Bloomberg report, at least four domestic cryptocurrency exchanges have seen their accounts shut by BCP (Banco Comercial Portugues), Santander Bank, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, BiG and Abanca.

All the exchanges are licensed by the Bank of Portugal, which regulates domestic cryptocurrency trading platforms. Three of the exchanges were identified as Criptoloja, Mind The Coin and Luso Digital Assets, with

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