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Contention arises over Cryptocom trading teams

TL;DR

  • Singapore-based Cryptocom, a top-10 crypto marketplace, is under scrutiny for internal trading practices.
  • U.S. SEC has been clamping down on similar activities at other digital exchanges.
  • Insiders allege Cryptocom’s executives denied involvement in trading to external entities.
  • The company acknowledges internal market-making but defends it as a non-controversial practice.

Contention has arisen over Cryptocom, the acclaimed cryptocurrency exchange, as the discovery of the platform’s internal trading activities sparks debate over potential conflicts of interest in the digital assets sector.

Emerging controversy at Cryptocom over internal trading

Operational out of Singapore, Cryptocom stands tall as one of the world’s top ten cryptocurrency marketplaces. However, five insiders have revealed that the company engages in proprietary trading and market making, practices that are traditionally outsourced to separate entities in most markets.

Contrary to the typical market model where exchanges match buyers and sellers at the most competitive and transparent prices, Cryptocom, while also using third-party market makers, hosts internal proprietary trading and market-making teams. This unique approach has raised eyebrows within the industry.

However, it’s important to note that the exchange is not under any increased regulatory scrutiny, as they continue to uphold strong relationships with global regulators and prioritize securing licenses.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) slapped Binance, the largest crypto exchange worldwide, with 13 charges just a few days ago.

The allegations included manipulative trading that artificially inflated the platform’s trading volume, carried out by a firm owned by Binance‘s CEO, Changpeng Zhao.

SEC Chair Gary Gensler stated that while these platforms call themselves exchanges, their blending of several functions raises eyebrows.

The implications of proprietary trading

Cryptocom has operated since 2016, but the presence of internal trading teams was not widely acknowledged. Insiders have suggested that executives have adamantly denied involvement in trading activities to external trading entities.

On being questioned, Cryptocom retorted that there was no instruction to employees to mislead other market participants. The company affirmed the existence of an internal market maker, operating on the exchange and treated identically to third-party market makers.

The company went on to defend this as a non-controversial practice. Cryptocom stated that most of its revenue streams stem from its retail traders’ app, where it operates as a broker.

It further explained that the trading team ensures risk neutrality for Cryptocom by hedging positions across several venues, including the company’s own exchange. The platform is intended as a level playing field for institutional traders.

Facing the future amid regulatory scrutiny

Contradicting the anonymous insiders, Cryptocom clarified that their proprietary trading desk is not solely driven by profit motives.

In fact, this division plays a key role in managing the company’s financial risks by hedging positions across various trading venues, including the company’s exchange.

The market-making desk at Cryptocom aims to enhance liquidity and improve efficiency on the platform, according to company statements.

Nevertheless, Cryptocom’s operations, which extend across countries like Malta, do not disclose revenue by business line. This absence of transparency continues to fuel the controversy.

In the backdrop of the SEC’s enforcement actions, the company announced its plan to shut down the exchange for institutional U.S. traders from June 21, citing limited demand in the current market landscape.

Despite the cloud of contention, Cryptocom, helmed by CEO Kris Marszalek and CFO Rafael Melo, has seen a dramatic rise in profile, backed by high-profile sponsorships and sports deals.

As the crypto industry navigates the complexities of regulation and transparency, Cryptocom’s journey ahead is a story to watch.

The information in this article was sourced from a recent Financial Times report.

Disclaimer: The information provided is not trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decision.

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Jai Hamid

Jai Hamid is a passionate writer with a keen interest in blockchain technology, the global economy, and literature. She dedicates most of her time to exploring the transformative potential of crypto and the dynamics of worldwide economic trends.

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