Crypto Trading Desk to be opened by eToro in London

eToro, a broker that proposes cryptocurrency trading in addition to foreign exchange, is to start a new over-the-counter cryptocurrency trading desk in London
18 June 2018   2687

Over-the-counter supports any financial trading activity that does not take place at an exchange. Things that are traded in this way are commonly subject to less regulation and transparency than they would be if they were listed on an exchange, but for most investors there is no significant difference. 

In his interview to Business Insider CEO Yoni Assia claimed that most interest was coming from the owners of hedge funds.

We’ve actually set up our corporate team here in the UK to start setting up accounts to trade on eToro. We’ve announced that we’re launching the exchange as well so, between the exchange and the OTC desk, we’re also starting to serve more potential institutions and financial institutions. I think there is growing institutional demand and interest of public investors to understand whether they can join the party. That is something we definitely see out there. We see more and more public market players and big banks who are interested in this space and feel left out because they’re not allowed to invest in crypto or ICOs
Yoni Assia,
CEO, eToro

As a social trading broker, eToro suggests its clients the option of copying the trading behaviour of other customers, that is good if they are too occupied or not experienced. It proposes trading in foreign exchange, stocks and CFDs. About 500 specialists are engaged on the firm, the company keeps offices in the UK, Cyprus and Israel.

The company was established in 2007 and started offering Bitcoin trading in January 2014. Cryptocurrency had become popular by 2017, and the firm reported a 4,500% jump in trading volume by April, and on one day in December it acquired more new customers in a day than it had in the whole previous year. In March 2018 the firm raised $162 million to fund an expansion into Asia and in May it got into the US market with that same money. It suggests Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, XRP, Dash, Bitcoin Cash, Stellar, Ethereum Classic, NEO, and EOS for trading.

Several months ago at a conference Yoni Assia claimed: “The use of blockchain and crypto is and will become a way of life.”

Binance Singapore Unit to Apply For License

Under the new law, aimed at regulating crypto paymetns and trading, firms must register with the Monetary Authority to receive a license
17 February 2020   210

Binance, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange unit, has applied for a license under the new Payment Services Act, which entered into force on January 28.

We have already applied. We submitted the application pretty fast. Binance’s Singapore entity has been in close touch with the local regulators, and they have always been open-minded.

 

Changpeng Zhao

Founder and CEO, Binance

Under the new law, crypto companies in Singapore must register with the Monetary Authority and receive one of three licenses: an exchange of money, a standard or large payment institution. The measure is aimed at regulating payments and crypto trading using requirements for participants in the traditional finance industry. Zhao did not specify which of the licenses Binance Singapore chose.

Binance has been offering crypto-fiat trading services in Singapore since April 2019 and works with eight coins, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. The trading platform is supported by Vertex Venture Holdings, a venture division of Singapore's Temasek Holdings.