State Street Corporation headquarters in Boston
State Street Corporation headquarters in Boston. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File

Financial services firm State Street Corporation has partnered up with the Winklevoss twins’ Gemini cryptocurrency exchange on a new pilot for reporting cryptocurrency holdings under custody, the company said in a press release on 17 December.

According to the announcement, the new pilot will combine the Winklevoss’ Gemini Custody with the State Street’s back-office reporting, which will allow users to consolidate their digital assets reporting process with their traditional assets serviced by State Street.

The Gemini CEO, Tyler Winklevoss, commented:

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“With trillions of dollars in assets under management, State Street will never compromise on security – and neither will we. Traditional investors will more seamlessly be able to allocate capital in their portfolio to digital assets through trusted and regulated financial institutions — helping us build a better bridge to the future of money.”

Initially, the trial will track a reporting process for Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), held in Gemini’s custody service. According to the press release, ETH and BTC were chosen for liquidity reasons, but other digital assets can still be added to the system, even including tokenized securities.

The news comes only a week after State Street revealed that 38 percent of its clients plan to increase their digital assets holdings in 2020, while 45 percent think that a Bitcoin ETF will receive regulatory approval and launch in 2020.

Ralph Achkar, managing director of Digital Product Development and Innovation at State Street, commented on the new development:

“There is small, but growing demand from our clients for solutions of this type and many technical, operational, regulatory, and legal considerations to be addressed. That is why we have opted for an open model, and started a pilot with Gemini as an established, regulated player in the digital asset space.”

The Winklevoss twins launched the Gemini Custody service in September, enabling their customers to trade assets instantly, without having to wait for them to be transferred from cold storage.

The custody service is reportedly highly secured, ensuring that its customers’ cryptocurrency holdings can only be withdrawn to certain addresses, and supports 18 cryptocurrencies.

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