Singapore's DBS Bank holding $650M Ethereum? Nansen flags whale holdings

    2024.05.30 | exchangesranking | 37onlookers

    A crypto wallet reportedly belonging to multinational banking and financial services company DBS Bank holds over 170,000 Ether, worth nearly $650 million. 

    On May 30, blockchain analysis firm Nansen flagged an Ethereum “whale” as the Singaporean banking institution. According to Nansen, they have identified the whale as DBS, one of the largest banks in Singapore. Nansen estimates that the crypto wallet has already made a profit of $200 million from holding Ether (ETH).

    Cointelegraph contacted DBS Bank for comments but did not get an immediate response.

    Source: Nansen

    DBS wallet could hold investor assets

    While DBS Bank has not yet confirmed if the ETH belongs to them, some speculated that it could be from DBS’ digital exchange for accredited investors. A community member pointed out that the ETH held by the wallet could be assets held on behalf of investors and not bank assets.

    Source: Kirbyongeo

    Cointelegraph reached out to Nansen to inquire about how they obtained the information, but has not yet received a response.

    In 2020, DBS Bank revealed a crypto trading and custody service and a platform for conducting security token offerings. At the time, DBS Exchange said that the exchange would not hold any assets but would offer investors custody services.

    “All digital assets are kept at DBS Bank, which is globally recognized for its custodial services,” the bank wrote. Back then, DBS also highlighted that it would support major cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum Classic (ETC) and ETH.

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    Since its inception, the crypto division of DBS Bank has achieved great success. In 2022, DBS reported a four-fold growth in Bitcoin buys on the bank’s digital exchange. The total trades more than doubled in June 2022 compared to April 2022.

    DBS Bank trading volume ballooning

    In 2023, DBS reported that Bitcoin trading volume grew by 80%, which the bank attributed to the crypto collapses in 2022.

    In July 2023, DBS Bank launched a digital yuan transaction tool and conducted its first transaction for corporate clients. Its Chinese arm, DBS Bank China, announced the launch of its e-CNY merchant solution that allows businesses to receive payments using the central bank digital currency (CBDC).

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