Bittrex Launches Over-the-Counter Trading Platform for Bitcoin, Crypto

Major cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex will launch an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk today, January 14, 2018, by 18:00 UTC. The service will allow investors to trade nearly 200 digital assets currently offered on the Bittrex trading platform. OTC trading is popular with institutional investors who trade in large volumes of cryptocurrencies. This form of crypto trading happens between two parties, and it takes place away from the exchanges. OTC trades are often handled via brokers, who offer high-volume traders a trading desk to execute large trades with a faster settlement and…

Bittrex Launches OTC Trading Desk With 200 Cryptocurrencies

U.S. crypto exchange Bittrex is launching an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk. The new service, which will allow approved clients to “quickly and conveniently trade assets,” will support nearly 200 cryptocurrencies already offered by the exchange, the company announced Monday. According to the exchange, the OTC desk will provide “guaranteed pricing” for major trades, “typically $250,000 or greater.” OTC trading desks facilitate direct transactions between two parties, unlike exchange trading where buy and sell orders are matched through an order-book. The desk itself will not go live until 18:00 UTC on…

Bitfinex Launches Margin Trading for Tether (USDT) Paired With the USD

From the 21st of December 2018, users of Bitfinex can now access margin trading for the USDT/USD pair. The exchange made the announcement yesterday in a bid to improve its stablecoin offering in line with market evolution and consumer demand. Why Margin Trading for USDT/USD The team at the exchange went on to explain why they decided to start offering margin trading on the USDT/USD pair. Adding margin trading on USDT/USD pair will not only allow for more efficient price discovery, but in an important move for risk management, unlock…

Coinbase Adds Crypto-to-Crypto Trading for Retail Customers

Coinbase users can begin trading cryptocurrencies directly with other cryptocurrencies, the exchange startup said Monday. The company is adding support for crypto-to-crypto trading for its retail customers, adding a feature that has long been available to professional cryptocurrency trading services, said product manager Anna Marie Clifton. Users on Coinbase.com, as well as the Android and iOS apps, will be able to begin trading bitcoin pairs in the coming days through the new feature, called Coinbase Convert. She told CoinDesk that while trading pairs are “a pretty common paradigm in the…

SeedCX Exchange Is Barring Employees from Crypto Trading

Having traded cryptocurrency with his own money since 2014, software engineer Alex Wachli made a difficult choice when he joined the institutional crypto startup Seed CX. He had to give up trading. Seed CX forbids cryptocurrency trading by its roughly 40 employees. So Walchli effectively locked up his crypto holdings by handing the compliance team a list of all his wallet addresses, so they could monitor them and confirm his holdings stayed put. The engineer says he understands how personal investments could create a conflict of interest with regards to the…

Major German Stock Exchange to Launch Crypto Trading Platform

Germany’s second-largest stock exchange, Boerse Stuttgart Group, is set to launch a cryptocurrency trading platform in the first half of 2019. The firm announced Wednesday that it has partnered with a local fintech company solarisBank to create an engineering infrastructure for digital assets trading. solarisBank, which operates with a banking license in the country, will also be Boerse’s banking partner for the venture. “With its combination of technology and banking expertise, solarisBank is a great partner for us to offer central services along the value chain for digital assets,” said…

The Next Quantum Leap in Financial Trading

A common narrative in today’s financial world is that crypto holders are often unable to execute trades without paying large amounts of commissions and fees. Traditional markets are loaded with retail brokerages that bet against their clients with artificially adjusted prices, spreads and unrealistic fees. Enter Quantfury, an emerging enterprise that’s on an ambitious quest to reshape this landscape for everyday cryptocurrency holders and others who enjoy trading the markets.  Founded in April 2017 with offices in Toronto and Singapore, Quantfury offers a state-of-the-art trading app for both iOS and…

Crypto Trading Platform ErisX Hires Serial Exchange Founder Matt Trudeau

ErisX is beefing up its leadership ahead of the launch of cryptocurrency spot and futures trading early next year. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the digital asset trading platform has hired markets and exchanges veteran Matt Trudeau as chief strategy officer. The news comes a week after ErisX closed a Series B funding round that raised $27.5 million from firms such as Bitmain, ConsenSys, Fidelity Investments, Nasdaq Ventures and Monex Group. Trudeau started his trading career in the early 2000s when the U.S. equities market was going digital and has overseen some 10 global…

Coinbase Adds Zcash to Retail Crypto Trading Service

Less than a week after adding privacy-focused zcash to its professional trading platform, crypto exchange Coinbase is opening trading to its retail customers. The company announced Wednesday that clients using coinbase.com or the Android and iOS apps can buy, sell, send, receive or store zcash, though residents in the United Kingdom and the U.S. state of New York will not immediately have access to these services. The move comes on the heels of Coinbase Pro adding support for zcash last week. At the time, the platform announced that only residents…

Crypto Exchange Poloniex Launches Institutional Trading Services

Crypto exchange Poloniex has announced the opening of trading services for institutional clients. The company, which was acquired by payments firm Circle earlier this year, said Tuesday that it will begin offering institutional accounts, with support for different crypto trading pairs and API interfaces. The exchange will also provide no-fee transactions for all bitcoin/USD Coin trades in December. As part of its new accounts, Circle is offering over-the-counter trading through Circle Trade, services through Poloniex and trading pairs with the USDC stablecoin, according to a registration page. Firms looking to participate in…