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Bittrex announced it is now taking on retail customers trading in US dollars in four states as it has successfully moved through its corporate phase after only two weeks.
Bittrex Requiting Retail Clients for USD Market
The Seatle based crypto exchange Bittrex which announced that it had secured a deal with Signature Bank allowing it to trade crypto assets directly for US dollars at the end of May posted a statement on the company blog that it has successfully completed it’s corporate phase and is now “beginning to methodically add batches of retail customers”.
Almost a month ago CEO Bill Shihara was quoted by Bloomberg about the process of making the deal with Signature Bank saying that “It’s been a long path… It’s not just about banks being able to trust Bittrex. It’s about banks being able to trust crypto in general. And I think it’s really showing that crypto is turning the corner in terms of mainstream acceptance.”
Since then the exchange has implemented a phased approach for adding markets and clients in order to ensure “our processes and systems are operating optimally before we open it up to all customers” according to the statement released on the Bittrex blog. For now, the exchange is limited to bringing in clients who are resident in just four states; California, Washington, New York and Montana as well as some international regions.
The exchange which lists almost 200 tokens can only offer Bitcoin, Tether, and TrueUSD to the USD market at the time but plans on expanding its trading pairs as it methodically adds more regions and thus more customers.
During the Bloomberg interview, Shihara detailed the vetting process Bittrex went through in order to close the deal saying,
“They really do look and pore through the entire business… They want to make sure that we’ve got robust AML/KYC processes, that we’ve got the right controls on our finances. They do background checks and everything. They really look at our business soup to nuts.”
Binance Also to Add Fiat to Crypto Pairs
Bittrex is not alone in adding fiat pairs to its exchanges arsenal of services. Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange announced it too will be adding a fiat to crypto exchange upon its move to Malta. Founder Changpeng Zhao told Bloomberg “We are very confident we can announce a banking partnership there soon. Malta is very progressive when it comes to crypto and fintech.”
Binance which was founded in Hong Kong moved its operations to Japan as regulatory pressure from the Chinese government on cryptocurrency exchanges mounted and is now in the process of relocating to the island nation of Malta as the Japanese FSA has pressured the exchange for operating without a license. Malta which has branded itself as a welcoming hub for blockchain based industries has since seen a major influx of fintech companies moving to its shores.