CFPB Warns About Payment App Risks Post Crypto Banks Failure

CFPB Warns About Payment App Risks Post Crypto Banks Failure

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has cautioned individuals about the lack of federal insurance for person-to-person fund storage services, following the collapses of FTX and several banks. The CFPB report states that transaction volumes on payment apps have significantly risen.

The CFPB revealed that the collapse of FTX and Voyager Digital resulted in consumers losing hundreds of millions of dollars. The recent failures of Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, Silvergate Bank, and First Republic Bank have highlighted the importance of federal deposit insurance coverage. 

The CFPB emphasized the risk of stored funds in nonbank payment platforms, where they are often not placed in insured accounts, making them vulnerable to loss in the event of financial distress or platform failure.

Venmo and Paypal provide crypto services, but the CFPB warns that some funds may not be eligible for deposit insurance. The FDIC safeguards depositors for up to $250,000 per depositor in case of bank failure. 

In March, Silicon Valley Bank, Silvergate Bank, and Signature Bank, all crypto-friendly banks, experienced crashes, resulting in stock price declines and deposit runs. During a recent congressional hearing, FDIC Chair Martin Gruenberg attributed Signature Bank’s failure to poor management and over-reliance on uninsured crypto deposits without adequate risk control measures.

These recent developments highlight the importance of consumers being well-informed about the security measures and insurance coverage offered by financial institutions when it comes to storing their funds, particularly in the rapidly evolving world of cryptocurrencies and nonbank payment platforms.

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