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Fidelity Partners with Silvergate to Offer Bitcoin-Collateralized Loans

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Mon, 03/29/2021 - 14:16
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Silvergate has picked Fidelity as its custody provider for Bitcoin-collateralised loans
Fidelity Partners with Silvergate to Offer Bitcoin-Collateralized Loans
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Fidelity Digital Assets, a subsidiary of the Boston-headquartered mutual fund behemoth, has partnered with crypto-friendly bank Silvergate Capital to offer Bitcoin-collateralized fiat loans to institutional investors, according to its March 29 press release.

Bitcoin, secured by Fidelity's custody business, can be used as collateral for loaning U.S. dollars from Silvergate via its lending product, SEN Leverage.

Silvergate's Jon Melton says investors will now have better access to capital because of the new partnership:

With Fidelity Digital Assets on board, we’re combining our exceptional lending program with a leading custody services platform, providing investors with greater access to capital.

SEN Leverage saw its volume grow to $82.5 million by the end of the fourth quarter.

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In December, Fidelity announced its tie-up with BlockFi to offer crypto-backed dollar loans, and it has since extended its offering with Silvergate.

Trailblazing companies

Silvergate started accepting cryptocurrency exchanges as its clients as early as 2013, while it was deemed a huge reputational risk before. It went on to become the go-to destination for industry startups.

Fidelity began dabbling in cryptocurrency mining back in 2014 before establishing the subsidiary that is specifically focused on digital assets in 2018.

Two years ago, Fidelity also rolled out its cryptocurrency custody business, which CEO Abigail Johnson described as "incredibly successful" during her rare interview in December.
 
Last week, Fidelity also filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to launch a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund, joining a cadre of institutional players that want to achieve a similar feat.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.