Coinbase Now Covers Its Hot Wallet Crypto Holdings with Up to $255 Million

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by Julia Sakovich · 3 min read
Coinbase Now Covers Its Hot Wallet Crypto Holdings with Up to $255 Million
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Now customers’ crypto assets that Coinbase holds in its hot storage can be insured for up to $255 million via Lloyd’s registered broker Aon.

Though crypto sphere has been growing actively for several years already, it is still too early to consider it a well-established one. Traditional financial institutions are adapting too slowly to the changing conditions which is one of the factors that prevent the sphere from reaching the scales that it deserves.

Insurance in the Crypto Sphere

One of the issues that used to be considered rather problematic until recent times was insurance. Crypto assets are associated with high risks and insurance in this very case is badly needed. Nevertheless, last year it was revealed that one of the most famous insurance marketplaces, Lloyd’s of London, became ready to enter the market and significantly change the situation.

And without any doubts, we can say that it was a very positive move for the whole industry that still from time to time suffers from illegal actions and frauds that lead to significant losses of funds.

In February, Coinspeaker reported that BitGo, a crypto custodian backed by Goldman Sachs, had taken a decision to provide its customers with a new solution that is aimed at facilitation of insurance for digital assets. Now its clients’ crypto funds can be insured for up to $100 million via Lloyd’s of London.

Coinbase Insurance Coverage

Just recently it has also become known the Coinbase, the major U.S.-based crypto exchange, disclosed the details of its new crypto insurance initiative. According to the information revealed, now the exchange’s hot wallet crypto holdings will be covered for up to $255 million via a Lloyd’s of London-registered broker.

It’s important to highlight that now we are speaking only about the digital assets that are stored in hot wallets, or in other words, online, which means that they can be comparatively easily reached by hackers.

But it is worth mentioning that this move is not the beginning of Coinbase insurance history, it is just an extension of the existing policy that was introduced in November 2013.

The main principle has always remained the same: if something unpredictable happens and the funds are lost by the exchange, customers deserve to know that they will have a possibility to get their holdings back.

Even though less than 2 percent of customers’ assets are kept by Coinbase in hold wallets, it doesn’t mean that this aspect and the risks associated with it should be ignored.

We currently hold a hot wallet policy with a $255 million limit placed by Lloyd’s registered broker Aon and sourced from a global group of US and UK insurance companies, including certain Lloyd’s of London syndicates. As an aside, Lloyd’s has an absolutely fascinating history and a complex structure”, Philip Martin, Coinbase Chief Information Security Officer, stated in the company’s official blog post.

Martin also explained that there are two main insurance classes in crypto insurance; they are the Crime and Specie marketplaces. While the first type deals with losses that may be a result of hacking, insider theft, fraudulent crypto and fiat transfers, the second one focuses on the loss of private keys or physical damage.

Moreover, he also highlighted that exchanges and wallets should have sufficient Crime coverage to fully cover all the assets that they hold in their hot wallets.

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