LMAX Exchange to Launch Regulated Crypto Trading Platform for Institutional Investors

Omar Faridi
  • UK’s LMAX Exchange has traded over $10 trillion in fiat currency and now plans to use its experience to launch an FCA-regulated cryptocurrency exchange.
  • The trading platform plans to provide highly sought-after cryptocurrency custodian services for banks and hedge fund companies.

The LMAX Exchange, a multilateral trading firm based in London, reportedly received a number of requests from its clients who were interested in trading cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. In response, it decided to announce a new cryptocurrency exchange regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), specifically developed for institutional investors.

The company’s new crypto exchange will be called LMAX Digital. Its trading services will reportedly be provided 24/7. LMAX Exchange’s CEO David Mercer stated:

"We are furthering the legitimisation of the crypto currency market by offering institutions a platform on which to acquire, trade and hold crypto currencies securely with high quality, deep liquidity."

David Mercer

The financial firm also plans on providing cryptocurrency custodian services for its clients. This is a highly sought-after service due to the challenges associated with safely and securely holding and transacting digital currencies.

Safe, Secure Trading Environment

The exchange’s press release states that it will provide “hot/warm/cold multi-signature wallets” to ensure safety and security. Additionally, LMAX Digital will feature a central limit order book (CLOB) and a rulebook that will be visible to all its users.

Per the company, this will allow for greater transparency and “streaming, firm institutional liquidity.” Buy and sell orders will also be “time-stamped in microseconds” in order to show users the most up-to-date data.

Notably, over $10 trillion of fiat currencies have been traded on the LMAX Exchange since its launch in 2010. According to the company’s press release, it currently provides FX trading services to institutional clients in over 100 countries. Per Mercer, the company’s experience in forex trading helped it develop LMAX Digital.

LMAX Exchange Group’s future plans include launching their cryptocurrency exchange services in Tokyo and New York. This, according to the company, will help meet its clients’ requirements throughout the world. Commenting on the rise of the cryptocurrency market, Mercer stated:

“Digital currencies are, without a doubt, coming of age. Exchanges will play a crucial role in bringing the major crypto currencies into wider circulation, helping them to become accepted into conventional funds which in turn will help to support a normalisation of value.”

David Mercer

Institutional investors have not yet made any substantial investments in the cryptocurrency market. Recently, BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes and Coinbase VP Adam White recently revealed that their companies have begun to develop products and services for them, as they’re expecting “billions of dollars” worth of investments.

CEO Brad Garlinghouse Envisions Ripple as Amazon in Five Years

Michael LaVere
  • Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse appeared in an interview with CNN's Julia Chatterly on Feb. 17. 
  • Garlinghouse compared the rapid growth of Ripple to Amazon in five years. 

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse imagines the blockchain and payment protocol company to be on the level of e-commerce giant Amazon in five years. 

Speaking in an interview with CNN’s Julia Chatterly on Monday, Garlinghouse explained that Ripple and XRP are in a good position, despite the short term emphasis on price. 

Garlinghouse chose to focus on the long-term outlook for both Ripple and cryptocurrency, comparing the nascent hundred-billion dollar market capitalization for crypto to the trillions commanded by gold. He highlighted the potential for Ripple’s growth into the financial and payments ecosystem, with projects such as Coil delivering real-world solutions and innovation. 

Ripple’s CEO also lauded his company’s growth over the last year, despite the bear market.

He said, 

We’ve added more than 150 employees last year, at a time when I think others have been less focused on solving real-world problems. There’s been a bunch of lay offs in crypto community over the past weeks

Garlinghouse cited the massive growth of Amazon from online bookseller to e-commerce giant as a company for Ripple to emulate. 

He told Chatterly, 

I hope that in 5 years we’re not just Amazon books, we’re Amazon.

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