Everything you need to know about Vauld suspending withdrawals

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Everything you need to know about Vauld suspending withdrawals

 Everything you need to know about Vauld suspending withdrawals
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Highlights

  • Another cryptocurrency lending and borrowing service provider has halted its operations
  • Vauld has its corporate office in Singapore, and it promises interest on deposits of native tokens and stablecoins
  • Market conditions are to blame for the suspension of withdrawals, the blog post by Vauld states

There is no guarantee that everything will be fine in the crypto market when assets are trading in the green. Bitcoin has gained value lately, and so has Ethereum, but yet-another crypto lending and borrowing platform has declared a halt on withdrawals.

The latest addition to the list -- which already has names like Voyager Digital, Celsius Network, and Three Arrows -- is Vauld. It is also referred to as Vauld crypto within the community. What is Vauld, why has it stopped withdrawals, and when will it resume operations? Let us explore.

What is Vauld?

Vauld claims to be a crypto financial services provider, akin to any traditional institution like a bank. The corporate office is based in Singapore, while the company operates primarily in India. The principal offering of Vauld is fixed deposits of cryptocurrencies, which it states, earn interest.

The depositor can park cryptos like BTC, ETH, and XRP, and even stablecoins like BUSD and USDC, which can earn high interest. The rate of interest varies for each crypto token. Also, there is an option of a basic “savings” account, which earns a little less than the fixed deposit. Separately, crypto borrowers can also avail Vauld services, which seems to be the basic business model just like traditional banks.

Vauld also offers trading and something termed an “automatic investment plan”, which appears to be like systematic investment plans (SIPs) in conventional investment. On its official website, Vauld claims withdrawals are “instant”, with exceptions of only large sums exceeding US$100,000.

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Why has Vauld stopped withdrawals?

The company has cited “volatile market conditions” as the main reason behind jeopardising interests of depositors.

Vauld also blamed “financial difficulties” of its business partners for its failure in continuing normal operations. Besides, the blog post also mentions the collapse of Terra and names of entities like Celsius and Three Arrows. The exact reason for the failure of Vauld will only become clear with time.

When will Vauld resume operations?

Vauld has only mentioned that it was exploring “possible options”. In the meantime, deposits and withdrawals remain halted. For now, depositors of Vauld seem to be in limbo.

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Bottom line

Vauld is adding more pain and pessimism to the already ailing crypto market. Even though major cryptos have rebounded lately, the Vauld news can severely hit sentiments. Its failure reveals how vulnerable the concept of crypto lending and borrowing is. Market participants tout their services like any traditional bank; however, it has remained a challenge to run smooth operations. For now, there is no certainty over when Vauld will resume withdrawals.

Also read: Understanding basics of cryptocurrency taxation in Australia

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