Crypto Exchange Poloniex Adds Support for USDT on Tron Blockchain

Major cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex will support Tether’s stablecoin USDT coin on the Tron (TRX) blockchain, according to an announcement published on April 19. United States-based digital currency exchange Poloniex has added support for deposits and withdrawals of USDT on the Tron network. The development will reportedly support Tether on both chains —  USDT issued on the Omni protocol and the Tron network. Poloniex said in the announcement that its decision to support the new chain is reasoned by expanded flexibility it provides to the USDT platform. In order to support…

South Korean Crypto Exchange Coinnest Announces Closure

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinnest, once South Korea’s third largest, is closing down. The exchange posted a notice on its website saying that as of Tuesday it is no longer operating, adding that users will need to withdraw any funds held on its platform by April 30. The fees for withdrawals and the minimum threshold have been lowered to assist the process, it said. While the notice was vague as to the reasons for the closure, a Coinnest official told CoinDesk Korea: “It is a natural result of a decrease in trading volume.…

OKCoin Exchange Invests in Crypto Custody Firm Prime Trust

Cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin has invested an undisclosed amount in crypto custody provider Prime Trust. In a note sent to customers on Wednesday, Prime Trust CEO and chief trust officer Scott Purcell said that the firm has closed a “nice” funding round that was led by the California-based exchange. Other participants in the round included Gateway Blockchain Partners, Novablock Ventures and Xsquared Ventures, Purcell said, adding: “We aren’t disclosing details though.” Notably, Prime Trust serves as OKCoin’s fiat gateway. The exchange announced last week that it has added a new payment…

Gate.io Raises $64 Million for Launch of New Exchange Cryptocurrency

Crypto exchange Gate.io has raised $64 million worth of crypto assets in seven days for its own exchange cryptocurrency that won’t be launched on a blockchain for at least six months. One of the oldest Chinese exchanges, Gate.io claimed on Monday that over the last week it was heavily oversubscribed with orders totaling $2.99 billion for the so-called Gate Points, which can be used for offsetting trading fees on the platform. Moreover, each Gate Point further entitles a holder to receive 2.5 Gate Tokens (GT), the native cryptocurrency of Gatechain, the…

eToro Launches Full Crypto Exchange and 8 Custom Stablecoins

The blockchain subsidiary of social investing platform eToro has launched a cryptocurrency exchange along with eight branded stablecoins. The new platform is being managed by eToroX, which is regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, the firm announced Tuesday. Trading in six cryptocurrencies will be offered at launch: bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), ether (ETH), XRP, litecoin (LTC) and dash. Also available will be 37 crypto-to-fiat pairs, for example BTC/USD and XRP/GBP. The firm is additionally issuing eToro-branded tokens pegged to eight fiat currencies, including the eToro United States dollar (USDEX),…

Coinbase Exec Dan Romero Leaving Crypto Exchange After 5 Years

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is losing another executive. Dan Romero, who works as vice president for Coinbase’s international business, announced in a Medium post on Friday that he will be leaving the firm at the end of this month. Romero joined Coinbase in April 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile. While he didn’t provide a specific reason for departing the firm, Romero said: “Staying true to a mission often requires doing hard (or even unpopular) things. But I’ve been lucky to learn first-hand that it’s those hard things that often generate…

Crypto Exchange Bithumb Posts $180 Million Loss for 2018

Bithumb, South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, has posted a net loss of 205.5 billion won ($180 million) for 2018. CoinDesk Korea reported the news on Thursday, saying that the loss was mainly due to a sharp decline in the cryptocurrency market last year, though the company’s operator BTCKorea also cited infrastructure investments and labor costs as factors. The figure marks a big swing into the red for Bithumb, having recorded a net profit of 534.9 billion won ($469 million) in 2017. The exchange’s revenues, on the other hand, grew around…

Bitfinex Drops Minimum Balance to Trade on Crypto Exchange

Bitfinex has removed its $10,000 minimum equity requirement to start trading on the cryptocurrency exchange, enabling a broader range of investors to participate. The company, based in the British Virgin Islands, cited “overwhelming demand from a wide variety of traders” for the change. “We simply could not ignore the increasing level of requests for access to trade on Bitfinex from a wider cohort than our traditional customer base,” Jean-Louis van der Velde, CEO at Bitfinex, wrote Tuesday on the company’s corporate blog. “For the last six months, we have been working hard to…

Crypto Exchange Binance Is Setting Up Shop in Singapore This Month

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance is launching a new fiat-to-crypto exchange in Singapore later this month. The news was announced Thursday by Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao at the Deconomy event in Seoul, South Korea, in a tweet on the exchange’s account that said: “#Binance Singapore will come online in April. It will be our next Fiat to Crypto exchange servicing $SGD [Singapore dollar].” No further details were provided, such as which cryptocurrencies will receive trading support. The plan to set up the new trading platform was first revealed by Zhao in September at…

Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin Futures Volumes Top $150 Million at Kraken Exchange

It’s not just bitcoin futures products that are becoming popular with investors, at least according to one U.K.-based crypto derivatives provider. Crypto Facilities, a subsidiary of the San Francisco-based exchange Kraken that provides bitcoin and ether reference data for CME Group and has offered its own derivatives products for years, has seen trading volume in its altcoin futures markets jump dramatically in recent weeks – in particular, its litecoin and bitcoin cash futures contracts, said head of indices and pricing products Sui Chung. He told CoinDesk that the company had…