The functionality was made possible through a partnership between the credit union platform provider and NYDIG.
Idaho's largest credit union has integrated Bitcoin services into its platform. Idaho Central Credit Union customers can now buy, sell and hold BTC in their bank accounts.
The largest credit union in Idaho, United States, has integrated Bitcoin services into its banking platform, allowing its customers to buy, sell and maintain BTC in their accounts. The new functionality was made possible through a partnership between digital banking solutions provider Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU), Alkami Technology Inc. and institutional bitcoin broker NYDIG.
“ICCU’s focus on member expertise and providing a wide range of solutions has enabled it to build a reputation as one of the leading credit unions in the country, and its decision to implement bitcoin services implementation through NYDIG and NYDIG Alkami platform can drive this growth, “Patrick. Sells, director of innovation at NYDIG, said in a statement.
Alkami offers cloud-based banking solutions for banks and credit unions across the United States. In June, the company added NYDIG to its Gold Partner program to allow its institutional clients to easily add bitcoin buying and selling capabilities to its platform. ICCU is the last institution to benefit from the partnership and integrate Bitcoin services into its platform, allowing its customers to buy, sell and keep the asset.
NYDIG will provide back-end bitcoin trading and custody services, allowing ICCU customers to gain exposure to the dollar price of Bitcoin. Considering the resource retention aspect, ICCU customers will not be able to keep their purchased BTC, a major disadvantage for those who wish to benefit from the financial independence that Bitcoin allows. As custodian, NYDIG will effectively provide bitcoin promissory notes to ICCU account holders.
The new addition serves as a convenient ramp for reluctant customers looking to gain initial bitcoin exposure. However, over time, there is a natural incentive for investors to buy and hold bitcoin on their own, the only way to truly benefit from Bitcoin’s sovereignty and value proposition of freedom.