The new eToro Wallet is now officially licensed

Our vision of creating a user-friendly and secure crypto wallet service that eToro users will love, has fueled seemingly endless hours of hard work. We have entered the exciting soft launch phase, and some of you may have already had the opportunity to try out the new eToro Wallet. If you haven’t yet, don’t worry — you will get the chance soon.

The eToro Wallet is a service provided by eToroX Ltd., a subsidiary of eToro, created specifically in order to further define and execute eToro’s vision using blockchain and the development of cryptoassets. eToroX will continue to provide an evolving crypto product range, as well as the infrastructure to support the growth of tokenised assets.

As a group, eToro has led the way in ensuring a regulated future for cryptoassets for a long time. Regulation will not only allow for better security and trust for clients, but will also do much to further the widespread adoption of cryptoassets worldwide. We are pleased to announce that eToroX has officially been granted a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) licence from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC).

Yoni Assia, Founder and CEO of eToro commented: “We are proud to say that we are among the first companies in the world to obtain a licence for cryptoassets and one of very few regulated companies in the crypto space. Just as eToro has opened up traditional markets for investors, we want to do the same in a tokenised world and the creation of eToroX will help us do this.”

The GFSC’s new model for licensing DLT companies sets out nine regulatory principles designed to protect users of DLT while encouraging innovation to flourish. The principles include requirements for licence holders to have systems in place to detect, prevent, and disclose financial crime risks such as money laundering and terrorist financing, and to maintain appropriate financial and nonfinancial resources.

Commenting on the licence, Doron Rosenblum, Managing Director of eToroX, said: “We believe that a strong system of regulations will support the mass adoption of blockchain technology, including cryptoassets. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel to regulate blockchain. While blockchain brings some unique challenges to regulators, we can protect users and help support new ideas by applying the same fundamental principles as we have in other financial markets.”

With the launch of our crypto wallet, we are now, for the first time, able to provide clients with a means of transferring cryptoassets from our platform. The transfer of cryptoassets from the eToro platform to the wallet is currently available for eToro Gold and above members only, and limited to the amount of money that has been deposited via wire transfer.

While we are working on supporting other payment methods in the future, this is for now, a risk management decision based on several factors. These include the fact that funds sent by wire are more secure and have a higher level of customer due diligence, as the source is a regulated bank.

Limited time offer for free XRP wallet

With the eToro wallet, customers are able to send and receive cryptoassets directly via blockchain, as well as convert between cryptoassets. Coins that the wallet now supports in this first stage are Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the newly added (from 25 December) XRP. As a special offer, for a limited period of time, no fees will be charged for XRP wallet creation or for XRP coin transfer. For more details on claiming your free XRP wallet, click here.

The eToro platform allows clients to trade cryptoassets. The eToro Wallet allows eligible clients to easily transfer supported cryptoassets beyond the eToro ecosystem. It is important for users to note, however, that our security protocol only allows transfers from the platform to the wallet. In other words, once cryptoassets are transferred from a client’s eToro portfolio into their eToro Wallet, they will not be able to transfer the assets back to their eToro portfolio.

The Promoter is: ETORO X LIMITED, a limited liability company incorporated in Gibraltar with registered number 116348 whose registered office is at 57/63 Line Wall Road, Gibraltar which is authorized by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission as a Distributed Ledger Technology Provider under the Financial Services (Investment and Fiduciary Services) Act, with license number FSC1333B. The wallet is provided by eToroX.