Jamaica Stock Exchange plans to offer cryptocurrency trading by the end of 2018
The plan is to develop a cryptocurrency trading platform that adheres to safe, regulatory standards.
The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) has partnered with Canadian fintech company Blockstation in an effort to become one of the first international brokerage facilities to introduce regulated blockchain token trading.
Blockstation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the JSE to cement the collaboration. JSE selected the Toronto-based firm following a comprehensive search process. The stock exchange was seeking a an end-to-end electronic communication network and order management system that could competently facilitate trading, clearing and settlement of cryptocurrency tokens for its broker-dealers and their clients.
All blockchain trading, quotes, execution and settlement services will be compliant with regulatory standards.
JSE and Blockstation ran a successful live workshop with five broker members and regulation representatives. Additionally, Blockstation recently completed beta testing in Jamaica with participating institutions.
“It is very important for investors to be able to invest in digital assets through their traditional financial institutions,” according to JSE broker member and head trader at Sagicor Investments Kirk Brown. “It’s exciting to be at the cutting edge where digital currency demand meets safe reliable access.”
Blockstation co-founder Jai Waterman said the firm has been working on the platform for the past six months. JSE managing director Marlene Street Forrest told Coindesk that the aim is to launch before the end of the year.
Mobile payments company Square has announced that customers in every part of the US can now buy and sell the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, bitcoin, through the firm’s leading mobile application Cash App.
A recent report has found that the global initial coin offering (ICO) marketplace has swelled to more than twice its size compared to last year. ICOs have already raised US$11.69 billion throughout the first half of 2018.
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