Straits Financial has become the first U.S.-based futures commission merchant to integrate BitPay as a payment option for their customers. In addition to BitPay, Straits is also working with digital bank WB21 to allow customer bitcoins to be converted into a variety of different fiat currencies.
BitPay believes their service can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes Straits customers to fund their accounts. “BitPay and WB21 will help customers to easily convert their bitcoin holdings into currencies that can be used to fund their futures trading accounts and will provide the bitcoin community easier access to an alternative suite of investment options,” said Straits Financial President Joseph Mazurek.
Mazurek pointed out that bitcoin cannot currently be used for margin payments of futures contracts, which explains the use of BitPay and WB21 to facilitate payments via acceptable currencies.
The Advantages of Bitcoin
When asked about the specific benefits of Bitcoin as a payment option for Straits, Mazurek claimed there are distinct advantages with the peer-to-peer digital cash system for the futures industry, especially for non-U.S. customers. “The funds can be transmitted in any denomination and can be converted to currencies acceptable to futures regulators,” he explained