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Singapore’s largest bank plans to launch cryptocurrency exchange

DBS, the largest bank in Singapore and even Southeast Asia in terms of assets, is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency exchange. The platform is still awaiting approval, but a lot of information has already been leaked.

Yesterday, the Singapore bank DBS accidentally revealed the home page of a platform for exchange of cryptomonnaies the DBS Digital Exchange . A lot of information was then leaked, although the exchange was not quite ready.

A spokesperson for the DBS quickly communicated on the subject, specifying:

“DBS’s plans for a digital stock exchange are still under development and have not received regulatory approval. Until the approvals are in place, no further announcements will be made. “

However, the page dedicated to the platform remained online long enough for our colleagues from The Block to retrieve all the information about it.

Singapore dollar, US dollar, Hong Kong dollar and Japanese yen will be the currencies initially supported. On the cryptocurrency side , the bank is planning markets for Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH) and XRP .

User assets will not be in the custody of the platform itself. DBS envisages the creation of an institutional quality depository to fulfill this mission, called DBS Digital Custody .

This new platform will also offer tokenization services, in particular by allowing companies to raise funds by issuing security tokens .

A platform that deviates from standards

Rather surprisingly for the cryptocurrency market which is normally open 24 hours a day, trading on the DBS Digital Exchange will be disabled on weekends .

In the same vein as the stock markets, the platform will limit trading hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

The DBS Digital Exchange will be directly accessible to institutional investors , market makers and even financial institutions.

For retail investors, they will be able to access the platform through a DBS member body, such as DBS Vickers Securities and DBS Private Bank.