Japanese Crypto Exchange Coincheck Resumes Trading in XRP and FCT

Siamak Masnavi

On Monday (26 November 2018), the Japanese financial services company Monex Group, the owner of the Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck, announced that the exchange had now resumed trading of XRP and FCT.

Coincheck, which according to CNBC, lost around 523 million NEM tokens (worth approximately $534.8 million at the time) in an attack that occured on 26 January 2018, was acquired by the Monex Group on 6 April 2018. Back in April, Monex's press release explained how the company hoped to help Coincheck provide a much more secure environment for the exchange's customers:

"We aim to build a secured business environment for customers by fully backing up Coincheck's enhancement process. Specifically, we will maximize the use of our expertise and human resources of business administration, system risk management, and customer asset protection system that we have cultivated since the establishment in the online securities industry. We will support Coincheck to provide secure environment to customers and to grow sustainably as a socially valuable cryptocurrency exchanger."

Today's press release from Coincheck said that the exchange had "resumed depositing and purchasing services for XRP and FCT." It explained that:

  • "Coincheck had suspended certain services in order to protect the integrity of customers' assets and to investigate the cause of the breach to its system on January 26, 2018."
  • "Since then, Coincheck had been working to improve its management structure and internal control by carrying out business improvement plans."

Furthermore, it said that, as of today, the following services were available:

  • "New account openings (Domestic residents only)"
  • "Depositing , purchasing , remitting and selling cryptocurrencies"; (BTC, ETH, ETC, LTC, BCH, XEM, LSK, FCT, and XRP)
  • "Depositing and withdrawing JPY"
  • "Making settlements and margin deposits/withdrawals on existing leveraged transactions"
  • "Cryptocurrency lending service"

At press time, according to data from CryptoCompare, XRP is trading at $0.3559, up 2.41% in the past 24-hour period.

Featured Image Courtesy of Coincheck

Token Listing Guidelines for Binance DEX

On Thursday (April 25), Binance unveiled guidelines for listing tokens on Binance DEX, its new decentralized exchange, and said that these guidelines would enable Binance DEX "to facilitate a larger number of crowd-vetted projects, hopefully listing 10x more tokens than currently listed on Binance.com."

Despite what some people think, issuing a token on Binance Chain does not mean that the new token will automatically get listed on Binance DEX. Binance, which has been criticized like most other centralized exchanges for having an opaque listing process, is hoping that the new "transparent and community-driven" listing process for Binance DEX will finally satisfy most if not all of its detractors.

The Binance DEX listing process consists of the following steps:

  • 1. Proposal
    • "It is recommended that Token Issuers first create a thread under the “Token Issuance & Listings” category in the Binance Chain Community Forum."
    • "It is recommended that this public thread contain full answers to the Binance DEX Token Listing Submission Criteria..."
    • "Token Issuers must initiate an on-chain Proposal Request (fee of 10 BNB) to list a trading pair for a token."
    • "Token Issuers must request BNB as the quote asset for their first trading pair. For example, ABC/BNB."
    • "Once the proposal request is submitted, Token Issuers must post the Proposal ID to their proposal thread in the forum as a ‘reply’."
  • 2. Deposit
    • "Once the proposal request is sent, Token Issuers will need to deposit at least 1,000 BNB within 2 days."
    • "Proposals that do not receive sufficient deposits within this timeframe will not be able to move on to the voting stage and their deposit will not be refunded."
    • "If the Vote passes in Step 3 (majority 'Yes'), the 1,000 BNB deposit will be refunded."
  • 3. Vote
    • "At least half of the voting power is required to vote 'Yes' for the proposal to be accepted."
    • "Binance Chain Validators can vote for either 'Yes', 'No', 'NoWithVeto', or 'Abstain' within the time period specified in the proposal request."
    • "The 1,000 BNB deposit will be refunded if the majority of Validators vote for 'Abstain'."
    • "Proposals are denied if one third of the Validators vote 'NoWithVeto' or if half of the Validators vote 'No'."
    • "Denied proposals will lose all the funds deposited, however this result will only occur in rare circumstances when there is relatively clear fraud, scam or spam."
  • 4. List
    • "If the vote is passed, the Token Issuer will need to initiate a 'List' transaction on-chain (2,000 BNB fee) within the timeframe specified in the proposal, while the previous 1,000 BNB deposit will be refunded back to the proposing user."
    • "The trading pairs will be live immediately after this request is completed."

Binance DEX Listing Process Workflow Screenshot.png

Binance says that the "listing application, project information, vote results and all community interaction will be public on the Binance Chain Community Forum," that the decisions of the Binance Chain Validators (who are the only ones with the power to vote) are "purely based on public information in the forum," and that there is no other way "for projects to contact Binance Chain Validators."

One interesting thing to point out is that although the Binance DEX listing fee has been set to 2,000 BNB (currently, according to CryptoCompare, worth around $45,580), originally Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (aka "CZ") was thinking of making the listing fee on Binance DEX be around $100,000, as he mentioned in his first Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on February 7:

"There will be a listing fee on the DEX. I actually deliberately want to set that a little bit high, just so we reduce the number of spam or scam projects. And there’s also a voting process by the validators to be listed on the DEX. So there’s a fee, I think the fee will be probably close to $100K US, so we’ll see. But the fee is adjustable over time, it’s quite easy to change."

Earlier today, Mithril, the first crypto project to migrate its token (MITH) to Binance Chain, got listed on Binance DEX:

 

All Images Courtesy of Binance