Swiss Stock Exchange Building Its Own Fully Regulated Crypto Exchange Using DLT

Siamak Masnavi

On Friday (6 July 2018), the Swiss stock exchange, owned and managed by SIX, announced that it is using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to build "a fully integrated trading, settlement and custody infrastructure for digital assets" called SIX Digital Exchange (SDX) that will be fully regulated (by both the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, FINMA, and the Swiss National Bank, SNB). 

SDX will provide a "a safe environment for issuing and trading digital assets, and enable the tokenization of existing securities and non-bankable assets to make previously untradeable assets tradeable", and will be launched in mid 2019.

Thomas Zeeb, Head of Securities & Exchanges, at SIX said:

"The digital space currently faces a number of key challenges. These include the absence of regulation that ensures official safety, security, stability, transparency and accountability – all of which contribute to a lack of trust. The challenge is less in the trading of assets but rather in the custody and asset servicing, including asset safety. Do you adopt a model with many sub-custodians, including inefficient interfaces and with inherent risks, or do you go with a recognised and regulated infrastructure provider who provides all steps of the chain in an integrated and secure model? We believe that the latter has significant value. As the stock exchange infrastructure for Switzerland, we know what it takes to build and run mission-critical and scalable, systemically important services."

The CEO of SIX, Jos Dijsselhof, had this to say:

“This is the beginning of a new era for capital markets infrastructures. For us it is abundantly clear that much of what is going on in the digital space is here to stay and will define the future of our industry. The financial industry now needs to bridge the gap between traditional financial services and digital communities. This is the role that we at SIX can play. SIX is in a unique position in that it runs the entire securities and payments value chain for Switzerland already, and is ideally positioned to create the digital ecosystem for the future, allowing existing and new market participants to develop their business models for the opportunities available in this new environment. These are strengths that we can bring to the digital space and contribute meaningfully to what is one of the most innovative and dynamic environments of our time.”

This move by SIX is a positive development for

  • Banks (since SDX will "put banks at the heart of transactions in the digital space and offer them a solid foundation to pursue their business strategies for digital and tokenized assets");
  • Investors (since SIX being "a recognised and regulated infrastructure provider" brings to the market the "security and trust" that investors in digital assets are looking for); and
  • Entrepreneurs (because SDX will provide "a stable, fair, trustworthy and reliable environment, providing a bridge from the traditional to the new world").

 

Featured Image Credit: Photo by "Dennis Jarvis" via Flickr; licensed under "CC BY 2.0"

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Komodo Climbs 40% On AtomicDEX Beta Launch

  • KMD/USDT up 40% in a few days
  • Komodo powers the new mobile-focused atomicDEX

Komodo (KMD) has seen an impressive price bump, since news hit a few days ago that the Komodo-powered atomicDEX had entered its open public beta testing stage. As first reported by Decrypt media, atomicDEX (or, decentralized exchange) allows atomic swap trading specifically from mobile phones.

Price has climbed to about $1.80 at time of writing, from about $1.30 before the news hit - an impressive rise of almost 40%.

KMD runup(source: CryptoCompare)

On the TradingView chart below, we can see that volume on the KMD/BTC trading pair has also seen a strong bump since the news.

KMD growing volume(source: TradingView.com)

Komodo is widely traded on ultra-popular exchanges like Binance, and currently has a market capitalization of just over $200 million according to CryptoCompare. We note that KMD/BTC, like many other altcoins, is currently skipping across all-time lows.

KMD/BTC nearly at ATL(source: TradingView.com)

Komodo, atomicDEX, and Atomic Swaps

Built atop ZCash’s privacy features, Komodo is a blockchain project whose main purpose is to facilitate decentralized, private transactions between diverse blockchains - to trade Bitcoin for Ethereum for example.

Komodo claim that atomicDEX is “compatible with 99 percent of assets including Bitcoin, all UTXO-based coins, Ether and ERC-20 tokens, and any coin that supports time- and hash-locked payments.” For now, only a handful of assets are supported on the beta but more are sure to come soon.

Only a handful -- for now(source: Atomicdex.io)

Komodo CTO Kadan Stadelmann told CryptoGlobe, in an interview earlier this year, that atomic swaps are essentially a way to “exchange knowledge in a trustless way.” He went on to say that he thinks that “the technology the use cases are endless, as it's very promising.” Another decentralized exchange, Switcheo, launched its own atomic swap capability earlier this year.

With Binance’s recent move to “geofence” its own DEX from U.S. users, among some other countries, the contest to define exactly what a DEX is seems to be heating up - and some would not consider Binance’s DEX worthy of the title.