Signature’s Crypto Clients Told to Close Accounts as FDIC Ends Business

The FDIC warned that there would be no more crypto offerings from Signature after the buy out.

People watch while Signature Bank's Crypto Services Burn.
  • The deal to buy out Signature Bank has left its crypto business dead in the water.
  • Crypto customers of the failed bank have until April 5 to remove their funds.
  • The FDIC has completely removed any sign of crypto services from the bank after it was bought out by the NYCB.

The U.S. banking crisis that saw three crypto-friendly banks fall drew the attention of regulators. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) pin-pointed the banks’ digital asset offerings as the primary problem and led to regulators working on cutting out crypto from the businesses.

On March 28, the FDIC told crypto clients of collapsed Signature Bank that they should close their accounts and remove funds before an April 5 deadline. The regulator added any accounts not closed by the deadline will be automatically shut, and depositors will receive a check in the mail. 

FDIC Takes Hold of Crypto to End It

When the New York Community Bancorp. (NYCB) swooped in to assume most of Signature Bank’s deposits and some of its loans earlier this month, but it was stated that the deal would not include any crypto.


Around $4 billion of customer crypto deposits were held back by the FDIC, with the regulator telling Bloomberg it had contacted affected customers about what the implications of its decision would be. 

“We are reaching out to the depositors from Signature whose deposits were not included in NYCB’s bid,” an FDIC spokesperson told Bloomberg

However, it is not only the customer deposit that has been severed from the business.


Signet, Signature’s real-time crypto payments network that crypto participants widely used, also stayed under the FDIC’s receivership following the NYCB deal. 

Over-Reaching its Office

The decision by the FDIC to not include the crypto deposits and to keep hold of Signet in the banking deal raised red flags at the time with U.S. Representative Tom Emmer. Emmer said the “FDIC is weaponizing recent instability in the banking sector to purge legal crypto activity from the U.S.”

The manner in which Signature has had its crypto services removed in this new deal indicates hostilities toward the digital asset space. However, at the time, crypto was not publicly blamed by the regulators. It was noted that Signature was shuttered due to “a significant crisis of confidence in the bank’s leadership,” the regulator said

On the Flipside

  • Despite crypto businesses being impacted in the U.S. by the banking crisis, Bitcoin – created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis – has seen impressive price gains.

Why You Should Care

Decisions by regulators to make running crypto businesses in the U.S. more difficult – such as removing banking options – will result in an exodus of innovation to other nations more receptive to fostering the space. 

Read more about the deal outlined by the FDIC:
Buyer of Signature Bank Told to Give up Crypto Business by FDIC.

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Darryn Pollock

Darryn Pollock is a South African-born, UK-based journalist and content writer for DailyCoin with a focus on regulation and legislation revolving around the cryptocurrency space. He has covered the evolving crypto regulatory space, and examined how the US has approached law-making to offer protection in the growth of innovation. Darryn values traditional journalistic principles of truth, accuracy, independence, fairness, and impartiality, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Law from Rhodes University in South Africa.