Gemini, the crypto company helmed by the Winklevoss twins, has launched a new investment service called Earn.
Locking up your cryptocurrency in the Earn program is a little like putting your money in a savings account: according to a press release, Gemini “allows customers to lend their digital assets to disclosed institutional borrowers” via uninsured loans.
Those loans are offered through Genesis Global Capital, and as with savings accounts, a portion of the money made by the lender is passed on to the customer. The company says Earn’s annual percentage yields can be as much as 7.4%.
It’s the latest sign that Gemini is looking to become more of a bank-like business; the company has had a state trust charter in New York for years, but Anchorage remains the only crypto company to secure a federal banking charter from the OCC.
The release also makes sure to note that Gemini “is not a depository institution,” and Earn is “not a depository account.”
In another stab at a bank-like offering, Gemini recently introduced a company credit card geared toward rewards. It’s set to launch later this year.