We are working on a new issue of the magazine summing up the results of the year, which will be issued on December 31, 2018. The issue will include Top 100 companies in the blockchain industry which we believe will change the world in 2019. Companies will be structured in 10 categories.
Read about the fifth category today – TOP-10 trading platforms securitizing assets market and creating secondary market for them.
1. Bittrex, USA
29 October 2018, Bittrex Launches Malta-Based ‘International’ Trading Platform, Minus US Customers
Bittrex International is launching a digital trading platform that will feature a “streamlined” token approval process and focus on international customers.
As per the release, new tokens will be approved and listed on the platform “within weeks instead of months.”
23 August 2018, Bittrex Partners With Trading Firm on Crypto Securities Offering
U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex is partnering with a regulated alternative trading system (ATS) with the aim of ultimately launching trading in crypto securities.
Bitrex said it is working with Rialto Trading, which currently offers fixed-income products for traders, to gain regulatory approval to support “blockchain-based securities,” according to a press release.
5 July 2018, Bittrex and Invest.com Partner on New Crypto Trading Platform
Bittrex, a U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange platform, and invest.com, a fintech startup based in London, are set to launch a new EU-focused crypto trading platform.
The collaboration aims to provide cryptocurrency investors with “the ultimate platform to trade cryptocurrency in a safe and secure environment,” according to a press release.
The firms will leverage Bittrex’s exchange technology and invest.com’s portfolio management experience to develop the new platform, the two companies said.
31 May 2018, US Crypto Exchange Signs Agreement to Offer Fiat-Crypto Trading to Corporate Clients
Seattle-based crypto exchange Bittrex has signed a banking agreement that will allow corporate investors to trade selected cryptocurrencies for fiat.
Bittrex, which supports over 200 cryptocurrencies and reportedly has over 3 mln customers worldwide, will cooperate with New-York based Signature Bank to launch fiat trading for Bitcoin(BTC), Tether and TrueUSD.
2. Blackmoon Crypto, Cyprus
7 November 2018, Blackmoon Enters US Market with Private Crypto Offering
Blackmoon, a blockchain fintech company, has revealed that it has taken its first steps into the United States market. Now, accredited US-based investors can participate in a private offering of the firm’s cryptocurrency strategies.
Through its platform – the Blackmoon Platform – investors in the United States now have access to six cryptocurrency strategies which are managed by proprietary-designed algorithms. Each strategy offers investors different levels of risk and returns so investors can choose a strategy based on their investment goals.
11 September 2018, Blackmoon launches Prime Meridian Capital Token
Blockchain FinTech company Blackmoon has announced the release of its Prime Meridian Capital token (BMxPMR). The BMxPMR token aims to bridge the gap between traditional and crypto investments through the inclusion of high portfolio transparency, flexible monthly liquidity, and audited fund structure.
Available on the Blackmoon Platform Showcase, the BMxPMR token is an asset token tracking the performance of the Prime Meridian Real Estate Lending Fund (the Fund). The Fund is managed by Prime Meridian Capital Management – an alternative lending SEC-registered Investment Advisor with $700 million in assets under management and more than 6 years of track record.
2 July 2018, Cypriot Firm Offers Smartphone Producer Xiaomi to Tokenize Its Forthcoming IPO
Blackmoon, a company based in Cyprus, has offered the world’s fourth-largest smartphone producer Xiaomi to tokenize its initial public offering (IPO).
Blackmoon, which is a blockchain fintech company that establishes and runs tokenized funds, has reportedly offered Xiaomi to sell digitized tokens for its stock on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The payment options could include Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin (BTC) or Litecoin (LTC).
3. Blocktrade, Liechtenstein
14 November 2018, Blocktrade.com and GoSecurity announce strategic partnership
Blocktrade.com, the first to be fully MiFID II regulated crypto asset exchange and GoSecurity, the end-to-end platform for issuing and managing security tokens have recognised their common vision of the future of financial markets and signed an agreement on mutual cooperation.
The agreement represents the foundation for an ecosystem where GoSecurity will help perform the primary issuance of tokenized securities with its partners for its customers and offer them listing on Blocktrade’s trading facility. Blocktrade will provide GoSecurity, its partners and customers the access to a multilateral trading facility/platform, which will offer listing and trading of blockchain security tokens and other financial instruments. Both companies give great emphasis on regulation and compliance and will therefore build the ecosystem accordingly — restoring trust and confidence in the financial markets of the future.
25 October 2018, Tokeny partners with Blocktrade.com to form STO Ecosystem
Both enterprises offer clients various benefits for security tokens, which they hope to combine in an effort to provide compliant issuance and secondary market trading throughout the industry.
The recent partnership between Tokeny and Blocktrade.com, will provide big benefits for security tokens, and will combine in efforts to provide compliant issuance and secondary market trading throughout the industry.
2 August 2018, Liechtenstein-based Blocktrade.com to Become First Fully Compliant Crypto Exchange, to Support Security Tokens and Tokenized Assets
A new crypto exchange based in Liechtenstein wants to become the first fully compliant exchange when it opens shop later this year. Its CEO says that it will be the perfect trading platform, especially for institutional investors, as regulation can help lower potential risks.
4. Coinbase, USA
17 December 2018, Coinbase adds crypto-to-crypto trading for retail customers
Coinbase users can begin trading cryptocurrencies directly with other cryptocurrencies.
The company is adding support for crypto-to-crypto trading for its retail customers, adding a feature that has long been available to professional cryptocurrency trading services, said product manager Anna Marie Clifton. Users on Coinbase.com, as well as the Android and iOS apps, will be able to begin trading bitcoin pairs in the coming days through the new feature, called Coinbase Convert.
18 October 2018, Crypto Exchange Coinbase Open-Sources Its Security Scaling Tool
U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is making a recently developed automated security scaling tool available to the public.
Called Salus, after the Roman the goddess of safety and well-being, the program can automatically choose to run and configure different security scanners and issue a report on the results.
7 September 2018, Coinbase plots to become the New York Stock Exchange of crypto securities
The future of Coinbase looks something like the New York Stock Exchange. That’s according a vision laid out by CEO Brian Amstrong who was interviewed on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco
17 July 2018, Coinbase Says It Now Has Regulatory Approval to List Security Tokens
U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has received regulatory approval to acquire several securities firms – a move that could eventually see it supporting trading in tokens deemed as securities.
A spokesperson for the exchange said in an email response to CoinDesk on Tuesday that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has approved recently revealed acquisition deals for currently regulated firms.
Last month, the exchange announced that it intends to purchase three companies – Keystone Capital Corp., Venovate Marketplace and Digital Wealth LLC – as a means to becoming a regulated platform for offering trading in security tokens, as well as to tokenize traditional financial assets.
5. GBX, Gibraltar
11 December 2018, Crypto Assets on Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange Can Now Be Insured
The Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX), a subsidiary of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange, is now providing insurance coverage for crypto assets listed on its platform.
The firm announced that it has partnered with a local provider called Callaghan Insurance to provide the policy to cover both hot (online) and cold (offline) wallets listed on the GBX Digital Asset Exchange.
22 November 2018, Gibraltar’s Regulator Grants Full License to the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange
“The Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) has been granted a license from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) required to operate a regulated blockchain exchange.
The exchange was granted the Distributed Ledger Technology License Category 3, which represents the “”highest category that can be awarded”” within the DLT regulatory framework by the GFSC.”
23 July 2018, Gibraltar Stock Exchange’s Blockchain Platform Opens to Public Trading
The UK Overseas Territory of Gibraltar launched its Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) July 23, a press release confirmed, opening up cryptocurrency trading.
The GBX was first announced by the Gibraltar Stock Exchange at BlockShow Asia conference in November 2017
GBX, which will ultimately function as a multifaceted ICO and trading ecosystem, currently offers three crypto-to-fiat pairs: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and its own Rock (RKT) token to USD.
6. Indiegogo, USA → Templum Markts LLC
9 October 2018, Indiegogo’s First Security Token ICO Listing Raised $18 Million
The owner-operator of the St. Regis Aspen Resort has concluded its security token offering (STO), raising $18 million in the first equity ICO hosted on the Indiegogo platform.
Asset management firm Elevated Returns, the owner of St. Regis Aspen, on Tuesday announced that accredited investors had purchased all $18 million worth of Aspen Coins made available through the sale, bringing Indiegogo’s first security token ICO to a successful conclusion.
23 August 2018, Crowdfunding Firm Indiegogo to Sell Real Estate-Backed Security Tokens
The international crowdfunding firm Indiegogo will promote a new real-estate-backed token.
The asset-backed cryptocurrency will enable accredited investors to buy shares of the St. Regis Aspen hotel in the form of digital tokens. According a report from The Verge, the upcoming digital token Aspen Coin is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and will be available for purchase with U.S. dollars, as well as major cryptocurrencies Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).
7. Malta Stock Exchange, Malta
11 September 2018, Malta Stock Exchange Signs MOU with Binance to Launch Security Tokens Trading Platform
The Malta Stock Exchange’s fintech and digital asset subsidiary, MSX PLC, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with crypto exchange Binance to jointly launch a new security token digital exchange.
The press release pitches the forthcoming trading platform as being poised to benefit from the Malta Stock Exchange’s “26-year track record of operating as a regulated stock exchange,” with the dynamism and international scope of Binance’s business model.
19 July 2018, Malta Stock Exchange Inks Deals to Build Security Token Exchanges
MSX, the newly launched fintech arm of the Malta Stock Exchange, has inked several new deals aimed at creating new marketplaces for tokenized securities.
The newly inked deal sees MSX team up with Neufund, a platform for securities tokenization and issuance, to build a “regulated and decentralized, global stock exchange for listing and trading tokenized securities alongside crypto-assets,” according to a press release.
In related news, crypto exchange OKEx has also partnered with MSX to launch a new exchange – called OKMSX – for the trading of “institutional grade” security tokens.
8. OpenFinance.IO, USA
13 December 2018, OpenFinance Network First to Launch Security Token Trading OpenFinance Network (OFN) is moving from beta to full trading functionality, becoming the first to launch a live, regulated security token trading platform in the United States. An experienced and trusted player in the alternative assets space since 2014, OFN developed its regulated and efficient trading platform to make security token trading more liquid and accessible.
The OFN platform is available to accredited and non-accredited investors both in the U.S. and abroad. Its Investor Passport application serves as a one-time verification process allowing participants to invest based on their eligibility.
28 August 2018, OpenFinance Launches Regulated Trading Platform for Security Tokens
Trading platform OpenFinance has launched a regulated alternative trading system (ATS) for security tokens.
Accredited investors in the U.S. can now purchase or trade the digital assets on OpenFinance’s platform. Retail investors who cannot receive accreditation may also be able to trade certain assets, though after a 12-month holding period.
The platform soft-launched several weeks ago, to allow buyers and sellers to register and complete their anti-money laundering and know-your-customer procedures, with today’s announcement marking the start of actual trading.
9. tZERO, USA
17 December 2018, Overstock Subsidiary tZERO to Develop Smart Contract Token for Rare Metals Sale
Private equity firm GSR Capital has contracted Overstock.com Inc.’s subsidiary tZERO Group Inc. to develop a smart contract token for a sale of cobalt.
tZERO and Hong Kong-based GRS Capital’s partnership is focused on developing an ecosystem in Asia for tokenized commodity purchase contracts that would purportedly improve the supply chain process of rare metals. Additionally, the parties are looking to launch a security token platform in the region, following compliance with relevant regulatory requirements.
Per the release, the token will be used for a sale of cobalt, and is expected to launch in 2019. The “first-of-its-kind cobalt offering” will include recurring tranches of electric vehicle battery-grade cobalt, with up to $200 million of the material to be available for sale.
18 May 2018, tZERO and BOX Digital Markets Announce Joint Venture to Launch Industry’s First Security Token Exchange
On May 18, 2018, the two companies entered into a letter of intent to form an exchange to list and publicly trade security tokens for companies that issue, or convert existing stock to, security tokens. The proposed joint venture would be equally owned by tZERO and BOX Digital, with each having equal representation on the Board of Directors, together with one mutually agreed upon independent director. Lisa Fall, who currently serves as CEO of BOX Digital and as president of BOX Options Exchange LLC, would be the CEO of the joint venture.
9 April 2018, Overstock’s tZERO Reveals Prototype Of Security Token Trading Platform
Retail giant Overstock’s Blockchain subsidiary tZERO has introduced the prototype of its upcoming security token trading platform.
According to Overstock’s CEO Patrick Byrne, the released prototype of the platform intends to “get an idea of the breadth” of what tZERO is planning to offer. According to the release, the developers aim to introduce a means of trading security tokens “in an easy, compliant, and user-friendly manner” that would be integrated with such features as risk management software, order management system, matching engine, and others.
10. SIX, Switzerland
17 November 2018, Crypto Exchange-Traded Product to Launch on Swiss Stock Exchange
Switzerland is to see the launch of the first ever exchange-traded product (ETP) tracking multiple cryptocurrencies.
The country’s principle stock exchange, SIX, has given the go ahead for the ETP, which is called the Amun Crypto ETP and will go by the ticker symbol “HODL.” Trading will start on the Zurich-based stock exchange next week, the FT says.
According to the website of London-based Amun, the ETP will track an index “the top 5 crypto assets in terms of market cap and liquidity” which are currently allocated as: bitcoin (48.69 percent), XRP (25.72 percent), ethereum (17.6 percent), bitcoin cash (5.11 percent) and litecoin (2.88 percent).
6 July 2018, Swiss Stock Exchange to Tokenize Securities With New DLT Platform
Switzerland’s principal stock exchange has announced that it is developing a blockchain-based platform to tokenize traditional securities.
SIX Swiss Exchange said it will build the new initiative – dubbed SIX Digital Exchange (SDX) – on a distributed ledger, utilizing its technical expertise in operating a large-scale financial infrastructure.
As a regulated stock trading platform, Swiss Exchange further said the SDX will have the “same standard of oversight and regulation” upon completion and will be supervised by Swiss financial regulators.