Coinbase mulls adding 5 crypto coins to trading platform


By BLOOMBERG • Coinbase inc, the us cryptocurrency exchange that lets users buy and sell four different digital coins, may let customers trade a wider variety of virtual tokens.

The firm is looking into listing cardano, basic attention token, stellar, zcash and ox, but can’t guarantee those tokens will be added, it said in a blog post last friday. If it does go ahead with listing the assets, the move would signal a turning point for coinbase, which currently only lets customers trade bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether and litecoin.

“We are exploring the addition of several new assets, and will be working with local banks and regulators to add them in as many jurisdictions as possible,” the san francisco-based company said. “Unlike the ongoing process of adding ethereum classic, which is technically very similar to ethereum, these assets will require additional exploratory work and we cannot guarantee they will be listed for trading.”

Users have urged the firm to add more assets, but it has held off amid concerns that us regulators could deem more digital tokens to be securities.

Coinbase isn’t licensed with the us securities and exchange commission, the top securities watchdog.

Last friday’s announcement doesn’t mean the company has determined that the five coins aren’t securities, coinbase said, noting that some of the assets may only be available in certain countries for legal reasons.

Coinbase, which said it can’t commit to a timeline, said some of the assets may only be available for buying and selling, not sending or receiving.

The firm may also opt to list certain coins in other countries before the us.