CoinMarketCap Rehauls Exchange Listings in Response to Controversies Over Skewed Volumes

Crypto price tracker and exchange rankings site CoinMarketCap.com (CMC) is making major changes to its exchange listings method in light of concerns over skewed trade volume data, according to an official announcement July 19. As of July 16, the site has now removed the minimum volume requirements that it had been using to limit the number of exchanges listed on the site. According to CMC, this represents the first measure among others that will be phased in to address widespread concerns about the integrity of trade volume figures on exchanges.…

Malta Stock Exchange Inks Deals to Build Security Token Exchanges

MSX, the newly launched fintech arm of the Malta Stock Exchange, has inked several new deals aimed at creating new marketplaces for tokenized securities. The newly inked deal sees MSX team up with Neufund, a platform for securities tokenization and issuance, to build a “regulated and decentralized, global stock exchange for listing and trading tokenized securities alongside crypto-assets,” according to a press release. Exactly what will make the new exchange decentralized was not explained, however. The partners are already planning a pilot later this year, which will include a public offering of tokenized…

Malta Stock Exchange, Crypto Exchange OKEx to Launch Security Tokens Trading Platform

The Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) in collaboration with digital asset exchange OKEx will create a new institutional grade security-tokens trading platform, says a MSE press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 19. In mid-spring, major crypto exchange OKEx had moved to Malta, noting their “confidence” in the Maltese government’s approach to cryptocurrencies. The joint project, named OKMSX, launched after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MSE and OKEx, and aims to become a platform for digital asset exchanges with security expertise and client due diligence. MSX has…

Crypto Exchange to Target African Market by Offering Low Transaction Fees

An “advanced and robust” trading platform is vowing to help emerging economies embrace cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology — in the hope that inclusion and education will bring economic freedom to the masses. KuBitX claims that there is widespread reluctance to learn about crypto, compounded by a lack of knowledge and resources for those who want to discover more. The company believes this has enabled a small group of traders to dominate the market and even manipulate it at will — resulting in extreme fluctuations in cryptocurrencies. Its white paper cites…

Bitcoin Exchange Paxful Reveals Plan to Reach Venezuela’s Unbanked

Peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange Paxful is doubling down on developing markets. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the startup plans to open an office in hyperinflation-ridden Venezuela in September and release an Android app, its first for mobile devices, in October. According to Paxful co-founder Ray Youssef, the reason for both moves is that exchange use is surging in developing nations, where mobile phones are abundant and cheap but access to crypto remains scarce. Youssef told CoinDesk: “Underbanked, unbanked or people in a desperate situation, such as with market inflation. Those are the…

World’s First Bank-Backed Crypto Exchange Finally Opens to the Public

The world’s first bank-backed cryptocurrency exchange is now open to the public after months of delays. Japanese financial giant SBI Holdings formally launched its in-house cryptocurrency trading platform dubbed VCTRADE last month. Yet as reported by CoinDesk at the time, the trading service was only available for a group of selected users who pre-registered with the platform in October 2017. In an announcement released on Tuesday, SBI Holdings said the service is now fully open for users aged from 20–70 who reside in Japan. However, a registration service for corporate customers has not…

A Crypto Exchange Is Buying Back $24 Million-Worth of Its Own Tokens

FCoin, a new cryptocurrency exchange that saw spiking trading volume recently due to its controversial revenue model, has revealed a plan to buy back millions of its own tokens to provide capital for a new fund of funds. The exchange announced last Friday that the new fund will be backing a group of selected token funds to further invest in blockchain and cryptocurrency projects. The funds invested in will all be accredited sponsors, it added. During an initial phase, it will allocate 100 million of its own FT tokens – worth…

Top Swiss Stock Exchange Says It Is ‘Open’ to Offering Crypto Trading on Its Platform

SIX Group, the parent company of Switzerland’s principal stock exchange, has revealed that it is “open” to the possibility of offering cryptocurrency trading services on its digital trading platform. The platform, still in development, is set to launch by mid-2019, SIX Group’s spokesman told the Swissinfo news outlet in an interview July 15. Swiss Infrastructure and Exchange (SIX) Group operates the country’s largest stock market, and is planning to launch a “fully-regulated” platform for digital asset trading by mid-2019. The service is set to offer a “complete” range of services…

Chile Court of Appeals Orders Bank to Resume Business With Crypto Exchange Orionx

Chilean Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of crypto exchange Orionx, resolving that the state-owned bank Banco Estado should reopen the company’s deposit account, local news outlet La Tercera reported July 12. The Fourth Chamber of the Court of Appeals of Santiago has accepted the appeal filed by Orionx crypto exchange against Banco Estado, which closed the company’s deposit account in late March. At that time, the bank cited the lack of “regulatory recognition of [cryptocurrency trading]” as justification for its decision. Now, by the ruling of the Court…