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All about Revolut exchange and its latest crypto plans for U.K customers

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Amidst rising cryptocurrency challenges, why is Revolut intensifying its crypto endeavors?

All about Revolut's crypto expansion amidst major market uncertainty

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  • Revolut has entered the crypto market with Revolut X.
  • Legal uncertainties and competition might impact Revolut’s crypto expansion.

On the 7th of May, Revolut, the UK-based FinTech firm known for its mobile banking and payment solutions, made a significant stride into the cryptocurrency realm with Revolut X.

Explaining the motive behind this step, Leonid Bashlykov, head of crypto exchange product at Revolut, told The Block,

“We put the customer at the heart of everything we do, and understand that competitive fees as well as easy on and off ramping are at the heart of what experienced traders want from a crypto platform.”

The reason behind Revolut’s move

In line with the global growth of the cryptocurrency market, Revolut has stepped up its crypto activities in recent years.

In March, it partnered with MetaMask (maintained by Consensys) to launch Revolut Ramp, a platform allowing direct crypto purchases in the UK and Europe.

Remarking on the same, Bashlykov in conversation with Payment Expert added, 

“Revolut X along with our recent partnership with MetaMask, further consolidates our product offering in the world of Web3,” 

Revolut’s crypto dreams: Not that easy

Amidst these developments, the recent legal clash between the SEC and Consensys added a layer of uncertainty to the situation.

Additionally, Revolut’s launch of Revolut X in the crypto market contrasted with its withdrawal from providing crypto services to U.S. customers in August 2023.

This decision was due to unclear regulations and market uncertainties in the U.S., affecting 1% of its users.

It’s interesting to note that it might also face stiff competition from established rivals like Binance [BNB], Coinbase, Bybit, and OKX. 

Notably, the event coincides with the UK’s preparation of legislation governing stablecoins and various aspects of crypto, including staking, exchange, and custody.

Remarking on the same, Economic Secretary Bim Afolami, speaking at the Innovate Finance Global Summit, added, 

“Once it goes live, a whole host of crypto asset activities, including operating an exchange, taking custody of customers’ assets and other things, will come within the regulatory perimeter for the first time.”

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Ishika is a graduate of Political Science from the University of Delhi. From writing content as a hobby to now pursuing it as a professional career, she has been living and breathing content all her life. Her interests lie in making sure articles are very digestible to a common reader, despite all its technicalities and jargons.
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