Goldman Sachs börjar handla Bitcoin; ett tecken på hur kryptovalutor nu börjar anammas på Wall Street

Det kanske inte går så snabbt som entusiasterna hade hoppats, men steg för steg börjar finansvärlden nu inse att kryptovalutorna är här för att stanna och att Wall Street måste med tåget om man inte helt ska förlora kontrollen över morgondagens finansteknologi.

Nathaniel Popper skriver i New York Times: Goldman Sachs to Open a Bitcoin Trading Operation

Still, the suggestion that Goldman Sachs, among the most vaunted banks on Wall Street and a frequent target for criticism, would even consider trading Bitcoin would have been viewed as preposterous a few years ago, when Bitcoin was primarily known as a way to buy drugs online. Bitcoin was created in 2009 by an anonymous figure going by the name Satoshi Nakamoto, who talked about replacing Wall Street banks — not giving them a new revenue line.

Over the last two years, however, a growing number of hedge funds and other large investors around the world have expressed an interest in virtual currencies. Tech companies like Square have begun offering Bitcoin services to their customers, and the commodity exchanges in Chicago started allowing customers to trade Bitcoin futures contracts in December.

But until now, regulated financial institutions have steered clear of Bitcoin