Nasdaq, the second largest stock exchange in the world, seems to be testing a Bitcoin based trading product.
Cryptopolis and CXERX
A tweet by an analyst from StrongMarket, a quantitative analyst firm suggests that this might be the case. According to the professional analyst, he bought a single Bitcoin through a brokerage firm TD Ameritrade. He further elaborated that the digital currency was being traded against the US Dollar, not as Bitcoin itself, but under a trade name of CXERX, which was listed on the exchange. He was led to the conclusion since the trade value was matching the Bitcoin price.
Cryptopolis contacted the firm TD Ameritrade in an effort to get a confirmation, but the help desk denied to even comment on it. When asked, the representative replied with it is “not a symbol we trade on the live side so Im not really able to speak on it.” He further said that the only official Bitcoin related product it traded was Bitcoin Futures under the symbol of XBT. Cryptopolis also tweeted a screenshot of the conversation with the representative:
Nasdaq, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies
Nasdaq had announced at the end of 2018 that it would be launching Bitcoin Futures trading option in the current year. In February this year, the second largest exchange had listed two cryptocurrencies indices from a crypto market data company, Brave New Coin. The indices are Bitcoin Liquid Index (BLX) and Ethereum Liquid Index (ELX)
Adena Friedman, CEO of Nasdaq had said at the start of the year that cryptocurrencies should be given a chance to become a sustainable future in economy, given their emerging use and importance to the public.
The exchange has already announced that it will help crypto exchanges through its “Full-stack Cryptocurrency Ecosystem” that will help platforms detect manipulations in the market. The exchange, with a trading market value of USD 15 trillion, already licenses its trading and matching engine technology to more than 50 countries.
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