Stock Brokerage App Robinhood Launches Crypto Trading

Robinhood, the stocks brokerage app, has begun today to enable access to BTC and ETH trading to its customers from 5 states  
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Today, users who pre-registered for Robinhood Crypto started receiving emails with invitations to participate in the trading of cryptocurrencies, stocks, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) side-by-side on a single platform.

According to the company’s statement, the service will be available to users from California, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, and New Hampshire, though the company intends to expand into other states as it acquires more money transfer licenses, which are granted at the state level.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm towards Robinhood Crypto and are excited to contribute to the cryptocurrency community in a meaningful way. With the release of Robinhood Crypto, we’re continuing our mission of making the financial system work for everyone, not just the wealthy.

The platform achieved 1 million pre-registrations for less than one week. Currently, it has 4 million users, who collectively have achieved more than $100 billion in transaction volume.

Robinhood Crypto supports Bitcoin and Ethereum trading, although users can monitor and track market data for 16 cryptocurrencies, indicating that the company intends to expand it crypto asset offerings in the future.

Robinhood will not charge commission on crypto trading,  though prices will include trading fees charged by the underlying exchanges.
 

Bakkt to be Launched in December

It is also reported that Goldman Sachs does not plan to create custodial cryptocurrency solutions based on the Bakkt infrastructure
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The expected launch of the Bakkt will take place on December 12 of this year. It is reported by The Block, citing informed sources.

Also, the material states that the investment bank Goldman Sachs does not plan to create custodial cryptocurrency solutions based on the Bakkt infrastructure. At the same time, the bank is considering the possibility of trading futures on a new platform.

In a recent Fortune interview with Bakkt, Kelly Lofler said that the cryptocurrency market is on the verge of a revolution comparable in size to the one that occurred on the energy market in the early 2000s.

Greater institutional participation in the digital asset markets requires secure and regulated custody solutions. We are impressed by BitGo’s product, unique services, and the management team. We view our investment in BitGo as an exciting opportunity to contribute to the evolution of this critical market infrastructure.
 

Rana Yared

Managing director, Goldman Sachs’ Principal Strategic Investments group

Bakkt is a cryptocurrency unit of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which is the operator of the New York Stock Exchange. Giants such as Microsoft and Starbucks are taking part in creating of the new project, which is positioned as an “ecosystem for digital assets”.

The new platform will offer deliverable bitcoin futures to the market (unlike the settlement contracts for CBOE and CME, these are based on the underlying asset). The platform will support multiple fiat currencies.