Cryptocurrency leaders and innovators worldwide are launching more platforms to trade digital assets as they also expand existing infrastructure and software to spread crypto adoption.
On Wednesday, Berlin-based fintech company solarisBank announced that its upcoming crypto trading platform, in partnership with the Stuttgart Stock Exchange (Börse Stuttgart), Germany’s second largest exchange and the ninth largest in Europe, is scheduled to launch in the first half of 2019. SolarisBank will also provide the banking services required for crypto trading for the stock exchange.
Alexander Höptner, CEO of Börse Stuttgart says,
“With its combination of technology and banking expertise, solarisBank is a great partner for us to offer central services along the value chain for digital assets. SolarisBank’s blockchain factory helps us to take the trade of cryptocurrencies and tokens to a new level and set standards in transparency and reliability.”
Roland Folz, CEO of solarisBank, adds that the two companies share a vision of a “hybrid financial world with both fiat and cryptocurrencies.”
Meanwhile Bitcoin will get a boost from tech company Shakepay. Fully licensed by Canadian regulators, Shakepay allows Canadians to buy and sell Bitcoin and pay friends. The Montreal-based firm, which has exchanged over $30 million in cryptocurrencies for more than 40,000 customers, continues to build out a suite of financial applications to have “every single Canadian owning Bitcoin.”
Today it announces the pre-launch of Shakepay Change, a new feature that purchases Bitcoin automatically with the change from a user’s everyday purchases, allowing customers to grow more wealth by accumulating small amounts of crypto over time.
The Shakepay team says,
“We believe enabling access to these services is paramount to the creation of wealth and economic freedom.”
CEO Jean Amiouny of Shakepay adds,
“With Shakepay, Shakepay OTC, and now Shakepay Change, we’ve created the most frictionless ways to buy and sell Bitcoin in Canada.
Regulatory compliance is a high priority at Shakepay for offering our services to Canadians. As this new space develops, customers are looking for financial services who take Canadian regulatory guidelines seriously. We are licensed as a money services business by FINTRAC and the AMF to operate in all Canadian provinces and territories and have partnered with a Schedule 1 bank.
Our volume of transactions and revenues have seen double-digit growth, month-over-month. We are very excited to see that even through the Bitcoin price is down from last year’s all-time highs, customer interest in Bitcoin continues to grow.”
Bitpoint, a licensed cryptocurrency exchange based in Tokyo, has just announced the company’s first international expansion in South America. Bitpoint Panama is open to citizens of Panama as well as corporate entities within the region. Fiat deposits and withdrawals for verified users will be paid via Panama ACH bank wires.
Bitpoint, which currently operates trading platforms in five Asian countries, supports the trading, buying and selling of five cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), XRP and Litecoin (LTC) against the US dollar. The Panama exchange, which will be AML/KYC compliant, offers corporate and personal accounts that promise “deep liquidity for speedy clearing.”
New York-based cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, owned and operated by the Winklevoss brothers, has just launched the Gemini Mobile App targeting mobile-friendly Millennials. Users will be able to purchase Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin and Zcash on the go. The company is also rolling out support for Bitcoin Cash (ABC). Mobile users can also view market prices and portfolio values, set price alerts and recurring buy orders, buy a basket of cryptos in one order, and also send and receive cryptocurrency.
Zebpay is in full throttle after a tumultuous fall. Formerly the largest crypto exchange in India, it shuttered its operations there in September, following the industry-wide ban on cryptocurrencies by the Reserve Bank of India in April. The exchange is now expanding into Europe with an exchange and wallet enabling crypto-to-crypto trading.
According to the announcement,
“To further increase mass adoption, we are excited to announce the launch of Euro (fiat) deposits and withdrawals, allowing users the option of fiat to crypto trading in Europe. The integration of Euro (fiat) support is one of the major milestones that marks Zebpay as one of the trusted and secure platforms to trade cryptos.”
Live with euro deposits, withdrawals and trading in 21 countries (Malta, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Austria), the platform supports seven trading pairs.
Verified customers who successfully pass KYC/AML requirements can trade, buy and sell Bitcoin with euro. More crypto-to-euro pairs are coming soon.
Supported Euro and Crypto-to-Crypto Pairs on Zebpay Exchange
Joining a growing number of crypto exchanges that are diversifying their offerings and expanding their customer base, Zebpay is serving European retail users as well as corporate investors.