EDX Markets, a cryptocurrency exchange with backing from major Wall Street players such as Citadel Securities, Fidelity and Charles Schwab, officially launched on Tuesday.

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Fast facts

  • The New Jersey-based exchange will offer Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Litecoin trading services. These four cryptocurrencies are among those not named as securities by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 
  • In addition to its launch, EDX has completed a new funding round from investors, including options exchange operator Miami International Holdings and affiliates of proprietary trading firms DV Trading, GTS, GSR and Hudson River Trading, the exchange said in a press release on Tuesday.
  • EDX said it plans to introduce a clearinghouse later this year to facilitate the transactions and exchange of payments.
  • The firm describes itself as a non-custodial exchange or a trading platform that does not directly handle customers’ digital assets. Instead, it has adopted a model similar to traditional stock markets where brokerage firms book orders from investors, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
  • The risks intertwined with custodial models became evident last year with the collapse of the Bahamas-based exchange, FTX. The U.S. SEC also leveled allegations against Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world, accusing it of mixing customer assets.  
  • EDX’s launch comes amid the SEC’s intensifying scrutiny of major cryptocurrency exchanges, including U.S.-based Coinbase and Binance.US, for alleged breaches of securities rules. 

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