Kraken Crypto Exchange to Add Support for BAT and WAVES

According to an announcement on Aug. 21, the exchange’s users will be able to deposit, withdraw and trade both assets starting Aug. 22. Kraken will roll out trading pairs between BAT and WAVES and Bitcoin and Ether (ETH,) as well as with fiat currencies such as the euro and the U.S. dollar.

American cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is adding support for Basic Attention Token (BAT) and Waves (WAVES.)

“The first trade executions will take a bit longer because sell orders cannot be placed until deposits are credited”, the post adds.

BAT is an Ethereum-based token and the native token of the blockchain-based decentralized internet browser Brave. It is designed to improve how content creators are paid and how users see ads.

At the time of publication, BAT has a market capitalization of over $233 million and is trading at about $0.182 – up 1.17% over the past day, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

WAVES powers the Waves blockchain, a platform that allows users to build their own custom tokens and is touted to become the fastest blockchain in the world. Currently, WAVES is ranked the 47th-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, which is $121.8 million at press time. WAVES is trading at $1.22, down 2.20% on the day.

Earlier this week, Nelson Minier, the head of over-the-counter (OTC) trading at Kraken, said that the OTC desk’s trades per month have increased by a factor of 20 since the beginning of 2018.

Kraken is a major North American cryptocurrency exchange founded in 2011 and based in San Francisco. It is the 59th-largest crypto exchange overall, according to data from CoinMarketCap, with a reported 24-hour trading volume of $189.5 million.

Kraken Acquires One of Australia’s Longest-Running Crypto Exchanges

U.S.-based Kraken announced its plans for expansion into the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region on Tuesday after acquiring one of Australia’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges, Bit Trade.Kraken is aiming to position itself as the premier cryptocurrency service within the region, identifying Australia as a key growth area for retail and institutional clients. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Its acquisition of Bit Trade, a platform that combines liquidity from several exchanges into one interface, signifies a major step into the APAC region by offering local customers access to Kraken’s high trading volumes.

“Australians will have access to the deep liquidity on Kraken in Australian Dollar (AUD) whilst benefiting from the fast settlement times via local Australian banking and with the security of a local Australian compliance framework,” Bit Trade CEO Jonathon Miller told CoinDesk in an email.

The entire Bit Trade team will join Kraken as part of the acquisition with Miller becoming “Managing Director of Kraken in Australia.”

Founded in 2013, Bit Trade quickly built a strong reputation for offering intuitive and sophisticated products without compromising security or regulatory compliance.

The announcement also marks Kraken’s fifth public acquisition, following its most recent take over of Circle Trade in December 2019.

Ryan Watkins, a research analyst at Messari, said in a recent crypto research report that he expects the industry’s top cryptocurrency exchanges by trade volume to partake in nearly $1 billion of acquisitions over the next 24 months.

“Liquidity begets liquidity,” Watkins wrote. “We’d expect the exchange industry to continue to consolidate as local exchanges get scooped up into larger platforms.”

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