Cryptocurrency exchange startup Quoine has launched a new trading platform that it says will bring much needed liquidity to the crypto markets.
With a lack of liquidity having "hampered the development of the cryptocurrency markets," Liquid argued that its new product could help usher in greater stability.
From launch, Liquid will allow users to match trades across "multiple transactions and cryptocurrencies" – that is, make cross cryptocurrency conversions, as well as convert from the Singapore dollar (SGD). The firm says, as an example, orders of BTC/SGD, ETH/SGD and BTC/ETH could be matched together.
Later on, the firm plans to expand that offering with what it is calling a "World Book" technology. This aggregates orders and prices on different exchanges into a single order book and allows orders to be placed in the currency of choice, Quoine said.
According to an example of the system in the Liquid white paper, a German trader who wants to sell bitcoin can opt to view the World Book for bitcoin (BTC) in euros (EUR). When an order is placed, they will see their order enter the BTC/EUR market, with the order's price also being reflected in their orderbook in EUR.
If the trader's order to, say, sell BTC/EUR is matched with an order to buy BTC/SGD, "an FX conversion happens behind the scenes." After the trade, both parties receive their funds in their chosen order currencies.
Mike Kayamori, co-founder and CEO of Quoine, said in the release:
Two months later, Quoine raised $105 million in a sale of its QASH token that it said would fund Liquid's development. The utility token will now be used to power the platform, allowing users to access to services.
In the press release, the firm further listed a number of features that it plans to add in the future including verification that allows withdrawals "under certain limits" to be made without having to undergo a know-your-customer process.
A credit card funding option and mobile apps for iOS and Android are also in the works.
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