N26 launches into cryptocurrency trading

The German neobank, which has 8 million customers, has chosen Austria as the first country to test its trading service.

The German neobank N26 is taking a step into cryptocurrencies. The bank has decided to join forces with the Bitpanda cryptocurrency exchange platform to launch a trading offer offering more than 100 cryptocurrencies.

“The launch of this investment product responds to a strong aspiration of N26 customers. In 2022, 40% of them indicated that they wanted to invest in crypto-currencies”, underlines N26 in a press release.

In France in 2023

The offer is expected to arrive in other European countries in the first six months of 2023, including France, N26 confirmed to BFM Crypto.

“While cryptocurrencies have seen a decline in value over the past year, they remain an attractive asset class, often the entry point for a new generation of investors,” said Jérémie Rosselli, CEO of N26. France and BeNeLux.

A time late

Launched in 2015, N26 now has more than 8 million customers, including more than 2.5 million in France. N26 is not the first neobank to get into cryptocurrency trading.

Beyond the cryptocurrency trading offer launched a year ago by the French unicorn Lydia, it was Revolut which in 2017 became the first global neobank to offer to buy and sell cryptocurrencies on its platform.

This summer, the neobank with 18 million customers announced that it wanted to work on a decentralized wallet to store its cryptocurrencies. This wallet would notably bring Revolut into the world of decentralized finance (DeFi).

The neobank N26 has detailed the fees applied depending on the trading of bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Although N26’s fees are in line with what other neobanks like Revolut offer, they are still higher than what exchanges like Binance can offer today.

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