Brazil’s Biggest Bank Adds Bitcoin and Ethereum Trading For Users

  • Nubank unveiled support for cryptocurrency investment
  • Users will be able to trade Bitcoin and Ethereum
  • Paxos will power the service and offer blockchain-based facilities
  • Brazil’s Senate recently voted in favor of crypto adoption

The largest neobank in Brazil and one of the biggest fintech institutions in Latin America, NuBank announced crypto trading integration on Wednesday (May 11, 2022).

NuBank in partnership with blockchain developer Paxos will now provide users with the option to trade the two largest cryptocurrencies in the world by market cap – Bitcoin and Ethereum. The support for digital asset trading is expected to go live on Thursday (May 12, 2022).

According to details from the official announcement, the feature will roll out in phases, starting with Nubank’s users within Brazil. The fintech giant hopes to expand the service throughout Latin America by end of Q2 2022.

Previously, the digital bank offered exposure to the crypto industry exclusively via its dedicated investment arm NuInvest. The branch allowed users to access exchange-traded funds (ETFs). 

Finally, Paxos officials highlighted that investors can now buy digital assets using Brazil’s national fiat currency – Reals.

Earlier in December 2021, Nubank made headlines after going public. After launching its IPO, the big bank received a massive capital bootstrap from Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway. The multinational holding company reportedly spent $250 million buying around $30 million in shares in the Latin American giant. 

Before that, Berkshire Hathaway had splurged a massive $500 million investing in Nubank during the company’s Series G fundraiser.

Interestingly, Warren Buffet’s previous comments suggest that the billionaire does not believe in cryptocurrencies. Buffet recently said that he would not buy all the Bitcoin in the world for $25. The Hathaway CEO also stressed that the company would never have any crypto positions or trades.

Brazil’s Senate Approves Bitcoin and Crypto Bill 

Nubank’s announcement comes on the heels of a key development for crypto in Brazil. At the end of April 2022, the country’s Senate gave the green light for a bill aimed at legalizing cryptocurrencies and fostering Bitcoin adoption

While the proposal still needs approval from the Chamber of Deputies and the President, crypto proponents expect the bill to pass into law by end of 2022.