Switcheo, NEO’s First Decentralized Exchange, Lists 19 ERC20 Tokens

Colin Muller

Switcheo, a NEO-based decentralized exchange (DEX) launched earlier in the year, has added 19 popular Ethereum-based ERC20 tokens to its platform forming new trading pairs, the exchange recently announced on its Medium blog.

This news makes good on Switcheo’s earlier announcement that it would begin supporting ERC20 tokens, which CryptoGlobe reported on in September. The Singapore-based exchange now offers 44 exchange pairs in total, paired against NEO, GAS, its native SWTH token, and ETH tokens, according to data from CryptoCompare. The new listings follow on the launch of the inital Ethereum integration, only weeks ago, dubbed Callisto.

Although moving a respectable $2 million worth of daily volume back in April when the DEX first launched, Switcheo is now posting a paltry $82,000 in daily volume, perhaps reflecting the leaner times hitting the cryptoasset industry during 2018. Most of the tokens listed are on the newer/smaller side - but there are a couple of bigger names such as Kyber Network token (KNC), NEO itself, and the fairly new USD Circle (USDC) centralized stablecoin.

Switcheo does not have any know-your-customer (KYC) requirements. A rival ERC20 DEX, IDEX, was recently accused of implementing such policies, although there is apparently no evidence to support this accusation.

DEXs On Notice

The biggest bombshell in the DEX space as of late must be the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) prosecution of the creator of one of the oldest Ethereum DEXs, the no-frills EtherDelta exchange. The charge was operating an unregistered securities exchange, as some ERC20 tokens were considered such.

Zachary Coburn, the founder, settled and paid nearly $400,000 in fines to the SEC without admitting guilt, which was received by some as a controversially chilling message to DEXs.

A recent innovation concerning the DEX space is the Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) project, which utilizes Kyber Network functionality to join bitcoin and Ethereum tokens in a smart contract so as to allow bitcoin to be traded on Ethereum-powered DEXs.

CryptoGlobe conducted an interview with KNC CEO Loi Luu last month, where he said WBTC would bring the “best of both worlds: bring the most popular cryptocurrency [BTC] to Ethereum and allow it to be programmable….”

XRP Trading Now Available to Customers of Huobi Marketplace in USA and China

On Thursday (April 18), Huobi Marketplace (formerly known as "HBUS"), the cryptoasset exchange operated by San Francisco-based company HBUS Holdco, Inc. ("HBUS"), the exclusive U.S. partner of Singapore-based Huobi Global Limited (“Huobi Global”), announced that XRP trading had become available on Huobi.com.

The Huobi Marketplace originally went live under the "HBUS" brand on 10 July 2018. Initially, trading was only available in Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Tether (USDT), Civic (CVC), Dash (DASH), and TrueUSD (TUSD). By 29 November 2018, 12 cryptoassets and 35 trading pairs were supported. 

Then, on January 11, HBUS published a blog post in which the company's CEO, Frank Fu, said that HBUS had "obtained exclusive rights to use the Huobi brand in the U.S." and changed the name of its marketplace (i.e. crypto trading platform) from HBUS to Huobi. HBUS also said that it had migrated "from its previous website (www.hbus.com) to the new domain at www.huobi.com."

In a press release issued on the same day, which was also posted to its blog, HBUS explained that it would continue to be "the company operating the U.S. trading platform," while Huobi Global, Huobi Group’s flagship digital asset exchange, would continue "to operate under its own name at hbg.com."

Here is how HBUS explained the advantages of this strategic partnership with Huobi Global:

"The exclusive licensing agreement and partnership gives HBUS a reputable brand to provide U.S. traders with localized trading experience. A closer relationship also means more technological support from Huobi Global for HBUS, which will provide advanced stability and security features."

Thursday's announcement by Huobi Marketplace informed customers that in order to provide them with "carefully vetted and high-quality trading options," it was adding support for XRP:

"Starting now, you can deposit XRP on the Huobi Marketplace, and the estimated opening time for XRP trading and withdrawals will be April 19th, 2019 at 12:00AM PST. Supported XRP trading pairs include XRP/USD, XRP/BTC and XRP/USDT."

 

Featured Image Courtesy of HBUS