Gemini Wants to Trade Crypto Securities

The broker-dealer license appeal will be sent to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, but experts believe the plans implementation can take some time
03 July 2019   1525

Gemini Bitcoin Exchange will apply for a broker-dealer license, which will allow it to operate as an alternative trading system and offer clients securities on the blockchain. It is reported by CoinDesk.

The appeal will be sent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Gemini has previously entered into a partnership with Harbor, a startup specializing in real-world assets tokenization, which gives institutional investors the opportunity to purchase securities using Gemini Dollar (GUSD).

However, now, as source familiar with the operating activities of Gemini said, the exchange plans to launch trading in similar instruments on its own platform. It is assumed that this will be securities from Harbor, as well as from other projects.

Implementation of these plans, however, may take quite a long time, so FINRA is in no hurry to approve applications for obtaining a broker-dealer license from cryptocurrency companies. Currently, the organization is considering about 40 such applications, while some companies have been waiting for 14 months to complete.

In April, Harbor raised $ 28 million in funding from a number of venture capital investors, including Andreessen Horowitz and Pantera Capital. In November of the same year, the company launched a platform for distributing security tokens, starting with the sale of shares in The Hub residential complex in South Carolina.

MAS May Allow BTC Derivatives to Approved Desks

The Singapore watchdog's initiative is related to interest in this type of assets of hedge funds and institutional investors
21 November 2019   100

Listing and turnover of cryptocurrency derivatives in Singapore may be allowed on regulated exchanges. This was stated by the country's Monetary Authority (MAS), writes Bloomberg.

The regulator's initiative is related to interest in this type of assets of hedge funds and institutional investors.

So far, according to the law of the country, payment tokens - these include bitcoin and ether - are not assets that can form the basis of regulated derivative financial instruments.

As reported, under the proposal, trading of derivatives on common cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether will be subject to the Securities and Futures Act, the Monetary Authority of Singapore said Wednesday in a statement. The plans are in response to interest from hedge funds and asset managers that trade such products. 

Legal sites in Singapore include the Asia-Pacific Exchange, ICE Futures Singapore, the Singapore Derivative Exchange and the Singapore Stock Exchange.

The Central Bank hopes that this initiative will satisfy the need of large investors in managing their payment tokens under state control.

At the same time, MAS emphasized that derivatives of payment tokens are not a suitable financial instrument for retail investors due to high volatility.