Barclays in US set to join cryptocurrency credit card ban

Barclaycard is one of the biggest credit card providers in both Britain and the US that is yet to formally announce a ban on card purchases of digital currencies. (Reuters)
Updated 09 February 2018

Barclays in US set to join cryptocurrency credit card ban

LONDON: Barclays is likely to follow other major lenders in the US in stopping customers from buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with its credit cards, according to an interview with a senior executive at its credit card unit.
“We are making the decision that we will likely no allow cryptocurrency purchases on the card,” Paul Wilmore, managing director at Barclaycard, told Bank Innovation blog.
A spokeswoman for Barclays in London said that the bank is reviewing its policy on a country-by-country basis and that it had not yet changed its policy.
Barclaycard is one of the biggest credit card providers in both Britain and the US that is yet to formally announce a ban on card purchases of digital currencies.
Lloyds Banking Group, which issues just over a quarter of all credit cards in Britain, and Virgin Money announced such a ban last week, following the lead of JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup.
The moves are aimed at protecting customers from running up huge debts from buying virtual currencies on credit, if their values were to plummet, a Lloyds spokeswoman said last week.


World Bank urges China to open technology industries

Updated 17 September 2019

World Bank urges China to open technology industries

  • It urges Beijing to open markets and reduce subsidies and government involvement in technology industries
  • The report makes no mention of the trade war between China and the US

BEIJING: The World Bank and a Chinese Cabinet agency have urged Beijing to roll back plans for government-led technology development that are fueling a tariff war with Washington.
The appeal Tuesday comes in a report on technology industries as “new drivers” for China’s economy that was commissioned three years ago, before the trade war erupted.
It urges Beijing to open markets and reduce subsidies and government involvement in technology industries that it says might hamper development instead of promoting it.
The report makes no mention of the trade war, but Washington, Europe, Japan and other trading partners cite the same policies as violations of Beijing’s free-trade commitments.