Abra inks deal with fintech unicorn Plaid to add support for thousands of banks

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Cryptocurrency wallet application Abra has inked a deal with fintech unicorn Plaid that'll allow customers across 1,000 banks to connect to its platform. The post Abra inks deal with fintech unicorn Plaid to add support for thousands of banks appeared first on The Block.

Cryptocurrency wallet application Abra has inked a deal with fintech unicorn Plaid that'll allow customers across 1,000 banks to connect to its platform. 

Prior to the partnership, only dozens of banks were connected to Abra's platform, according to a news release. Abra founder and CEO Bill Barhydt called the move a step towards further democratizing access to financial services in an announcement post on the company’s site. Abra offers synthetic trading of stocks and alternative cryptocurrencies.

 “The addition of these new liquidity enhancements in our app gives users more ways to move between crypto and fiat," Barhydt said. "We’re particularly excited about our partnership with Plaid, which brings thousands of additional financial institutions into the Abra ecosystem for US customers.”

At its core, the update will bring more liquidity to the platform, helping users move more seamlessly between their crypto and fiat currencies. Those cryptocurrencies were once limited to Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC) and Ethereum (ETH), but Plaid integration has expanded Abra’s offerings of native withdrawal support to all 30 cryptocurrencies supported by the app.

The investment app launched earlier this year as a way to self-custody crypto assets. Abra said its next move is to enable users to make deposits directly into an Abra wallet, according to the press release.