Coinbase to Label Some Assets as ‘Experimental’ in Bid to Boost Transparency

Traders on Coinbase can now see which tokens have added risks.

AccessTimeIconMar 7, 2022 at 8:52 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 3:59 p.m. UTC

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase (COIN) has unveiled its “experimental” label that will be applied to those assets either new to the platform or with relatively low trading volumes.

  • “Our goal is to be as transparent as possible with our customers regarding trading risks,” said Product Manager Ishan Wahi in a blog post on Monday. “We are introducing a new experimental label on asset pages and a disclosure when executing trades for some assets.”
  • Wahi notes that Coinbase expanding offerings at such a fast clip means more newly created assets and added risks, such as higher price swings and order cancellations.
  • The new label won’t impact customers' ability to send, receive, buy, sell and/or hold assets on Coinbase, the company said.
  • In a tweet on Monday afternoon, Coinbase said that Aergo (AERGO), Aioz Network (AIOZ), Ethernity Chain (ERN) and Status Network (SNT) would all be labeled as "Experimental."

UPDATE (March 8, 18:40 UTC): Updated with details of first assets to labeled as experimental in last bullet point.


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