Nasdaq and Bcause, creator of a full-stack cryptocurrency ecosystem, today announced that Bcause’s markets will operate on Nasdaq’s matching engine, clearing and market surveillance technology via the Nasdaq Financial Framework platform.
The technology is expected to go live by 1H 2019 with the launch of the new Bcause spot cryptocurrency market. In addition, Bcause has filed with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to become a designated contract market (DCM) and to establish a derivatives clearing organization (DCO).
Once derivatives trading and clearing officially commence, Bcause will be a venue that serves as a one-stop shop for all parts of the digital currency value chain: from the digital mining facility launched in February 2018, to spot trading for digital assets, to a futures market and derivatives clearinghouse which is pending regulatory approval.
The surveillance technology powered by Nasdaq is designed to ensure that surveillance protocols fit the needs of a crypto marketplace. This will help Bcause monitor its markets for manipulative activities, among other misconduct, thereby creating a safer spot and derivatives market for all participants.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Fred Grede, CEO, Bcause” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”16″]“We have tremendous respect for the Nasdaq brand and are honored that we can deploy these robust, tried-and-tested platforms – customized to our unique markets – as the foundation of our technology. I fully expect that our markets will attract a broad range of users, from those who are already quite active in the financial markets and familiar with Nasdaq technology, to a new breed of investors wanting to participate in the growing cryptocurrency marketplace.”[/perfectpullquote]
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Paul McKeown, SVP and Head of Marketplace Operators & New Markets, Market Technology, Nasdaq” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”16″]“Bcause has methodically built a unique ecosystem that gives investors, partners and market players a holistic experience in tapping the cryptocurrency market and value chain. By leveraging the Nasdaq Financial Framework, Bcause will have the scalability and modular functionality to introduce new micro-services and expand its business offerings to meet industry demands and the evolution of the digital assets economy.”[/perfectpullquote]
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