Published On: Mon, Feb 5th, 2018

UK Bank Lloyds Doesn’t Want Anyone Buying The Bitcoin Dip

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As prices tumble and the markets make a huge correction from their spike in early January, the banks are battening down their hatches. Leading UK bank Lloyds joined its counterparts in the US by banning the purchase of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for its customers using credit cards.
Credit card issuers fear that people will fall into debts that they will have to shoulder if they buy crypto and the prices continue to fall. Bitcoin has taken a battering this year, falling over 50% from $17,000 in early January to around $8,000 today.
Credit Crackdown
Lloyds Banking Group will make the announcement to its 9 million credit card customers today. According to reports, the bank will block any attempts to buy cryptocurrencies using credit cards. However, debit cards are still accepted. In an email, a company spokesperson said:
Across Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA, we do not accept credit card transactions involving the purchase of cryptocurrencies.

The banking giant is the first in the UK to clamp down on its customer’s credit cards and purchasing power. This could further exacerbate the fall in prices as it has just become a little harder to buy crypto. The banks, not wanting …

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