Custodial asset management is the service of storing and protecting cryptocurrency assets, allowing the owner to hold, move, and protect their digital assets via a third‐party provider.
Self-custody of digital assets, such as using a hardware wallet, allows the owner of a cryptocurrency to hold the keys to their digital assets in a device and to have sole control over them—meaning that only the owner can approve transactions, call rewards, or sign blocks. Custodial solutions are those in which a third-party provider manages the asset owner’s private/public key pair for them, along with managing the asset’s storage, security, and approving and signing transactions on behalf of the owner.
Custodial solutions require the owner to have a certain level of trust in the custody provider, as the provider holds full access to the owner’s assets. However, custody provides more options for large‐scale asset management, enterprise‐level security options, and certain double‐signing protections such as HSM. Conversely, non‐custodial solutions do not require as much trust as the owner of the asset is the sole party in control of the asset’s keys, but can lead to complications if the owner loses their own credentials, wants to take execute bulk or remote actions, or wants someone else to provide their overall asset management.
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