Robinhood announces zero commission crypto trading

Online brokerage platform Robinhood is getting into crypto with zero-commission trading in February
26 January 2018   1212

Robinhood plans to extend its services to crypto trading. The platform is already quite popular with younger audience, the median user age is somewhere around 26 and total user base already exceeds 3 million people. The move may be ambitious, but it's logical, considering the target audience.

The Robinhood Crypto will operate on break-even basis, with developers not planning to profit from it for the foreseeable future. In perspective it will allow the project to rake up the audience and even lure the people away from other exchanges, who take unjustified fees. Also, there will be no minimum purchase amount, which will also increase the popularity.

Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt, co-founders of Robinhood, also said, that the company will obtain large amounts of cryptocurrencies for trading through partnership with several larger institutions and that the purchase fees will be incorporated into large-volume discounted contracts and not passed down to the users.

The Robinhood Crypto will start up in February in the US, where they acquired the regulatory approval to start trading operations. Already the users can set up alerts for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, XRP, NEO and 11 other altcoins to monitor prices.  

Fidelity Investments to Launch BTC & ETH Platform

New platform is designed for institutional investors
16 October 2018   195

One of the world's largest asset managers, Fidelity Investments, announced the launch of a unit focused on providing institutional investors with Bitcoin and Ethereum services. The Forbes reports.

The new division received the name Fidelity Digital Assets and, possessing a staff of 100 employees, will provide a platform for trading cryptocurrencies and consulting services 24/7.

The platform already has first customers, but its launch for a wider range of investors is scheduled for the beginning of 2019.

This is a recognition that there is institutional demand for these assets as a class. Family offices, hedge funds, other sophisticated investors are starting to think seriously about this space.
 

Tom Jessop

Founding head, Fidelity Digital Assets

In particular, Fidelity Digital Assets will offer a transaction service that, using internal cross-connect and order routers, will trade through third-party liquidity providers.

One of the most popular offers by the company can also be a service for storing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It is physical storage, distributed in different geographical locations and offering the so-called "cold" storage of digital assets. This way of storing cryptocurrencies without access to the Internet and with a multi-level control system is considered to be one of the safest and most resistant to hacking today.

As the CEO of Fidelity Investments, Abigail Johnson, said, the goal of the new platform is to make digital assets like Bitcoin more accessible to investors.

Fidelity Investments is considered the fifth largest asset manager in the world, offering investment and custody services to 13,000 consulting firms and brokers. In total, the company manages assets worth $ 7.2 trillion.