Argentina’s largest and second-largest private banks, Banco Galicia and Brubank, have announced that they will allow customers to make crypto purchases.
Bloombergon May 2 that a resounding 60% of respondents to an Argentinian poll asked for more access to crypto, which catalyzed the banks’ decisions to begin allowing crypto trading.
Affiliate at market research firm Americas Market Intelligence, Ignacio Carballo, tweeted confirmation on May 3 with screenshots of Banco Galicia’s online interface that it had begun supporting Bitcoin (), Ether ( ), USD Coin ( ), and Ripple ( ) purchases.
.: El Banco Galicia incorpora función de comprar !
Se transforma así en el PRIMER BANCO DE ARGENTINA en ofrecer el servicio. Impresionante paso de la Banca Tradicional.
(P.S.: hay que decirlo: chupate esa mandarina!)
— Ignacio E. Carballo (@IECarballo)
The South American nation has the sixth-highest crypto adoption rate in the world. Data and survey firm Statistathat 21% of Argentines had used or owned crypto by 2021.
Allowing customers to purchase Bitcoin and other cryptos through their bank could help Argentines stay ahead of the crushing inflation in the country. The latest data from economic data tracker Trading Economics says Argentina’srate in April was 55%. Proponents say Bitcoin’s make it the ideal inflation hedge.
Last month, the town of Sorradino in Argentina purchased mining rigs and planned onas a way of earning Bitcoin to fight inflation. Its income from mining was estimated to be several hundred U.S. dollars per month.
Taking into account its high adoption rate, the mayor of Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, announced late last month that the city wouldfor public financial services. The city also plans to launch a blockchain-based digital identification (DID) platform for its residents.
However, Argentina is not the largest country in South America taking giant leaps forward with crypto adoption. Brazil’sthe ‘Bitcoin Law’ bill on April 26 which could help add a much-needed regulatory framework for the local crypto industry. It only needs to pass one more committee to be signed into law by President Jair Bolsinaro.