Nasdaq Is Up To Becoming A Cryptocurrency Exchange, According To Its CEO

As the cryptocurrencies market is maturing, more and more important institutions and investors are attracted by crypto assets. Now, it’s the turn of Nasdaq to draw attention, as its CEO, Adena Friedman, admitted for CNBC that Nasdaq is open to becoming a cryptocurrency exchange.

During the today’s CNBC’s talk-show, Squawk Box, Adena Friedman declared that “certainly Nasdaq would consider becoming a crypto exchange over time” but also admitted that a more regulated cryptocurrencies market is necessary to bring in more investors.

Cryptocurrencies market are seen as the next normal step towards cryptocurrencies market complete maturation

As Adena Friedman said that cryptos need well-established regulations, so did other leaders of important trading companies, financial institutions, and central banks. Accordingly, many financial leaders consider that cryptocurrencies regulations are meant to improve the crypto market and bring more stability, facts which might bring more investors.

Besides, regulating cryptos will bring financial institutions and governments in a position of a slight control over this market, a fact that thrills them but which makes the crypto traders and holders from within the cryptocurrencies market fear the possible collapse of the crypto coins values against fiat currencies.

Until Nasdaq will become a cryptocurrency exchange itself, it supports the existing ones

“I believe that digital currencies will continue to persist it’s just a matter of how long it will take for that space to mature,” said Adena Friedman.

Today, Nasdaq has stated that it started a collaboration with the cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, owned by Winklevosses twins, which grants Gemini access surveillance technology of Nasdaq in order to make sure they provide reliable and well-regulated exchange platform.

Adena Friedman also explained that with ICOs, the situation is not as easy as it is in the case of cryptocurrencies market. She said that “ICOs need to be regulated and the SEC is right that those are securities and need to be regulated as such.”

In short, it would be a significant gain for the whole cryptocurrencies market if, indeed, Nasdaq would become a cryptocurrency exchange. However, the Nasdaq’s CEO speech on CNBC represents a very positive news for the crypto market, which has proven, once again, that will be a future reliable and stable market.

Jackson Bey

Jackson Bey was born and raised in Lethbridge Alberta but moved east when he was 22. Apart from running his own consulting firm. Jackson spends his time canoeing the many lakes of Ontario. As a financial journalist Jackson has published stories for CBC Business Online, as well as Buzz Feed and Motherboard. As a contributor to Billionaire 365, Jackson mostly covers markets and trade.

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