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State Street to Use New Crypto Trading Platform It’s Helping Build, Platform’s CEO Says

State Street, the second-oldest bank in the U.S. with $3.1 trillion in assets under management, has signed up to use a new bank-grade trading platform for digital assets set to go live mid-year.

Announced Thursday, State Street’s Currenex trading technology arm is working with London-based Pure Digital, infrastructure provider to the foreign exchange trading world, to create an institution-focused digital currency trading platform. 

The two companies said they plan to further explore the digital currency trading space.

“Currenex is thrilled to leverage our experience and expertise in the FX and digital asset trading marketplace to provide Pure Digital with robust technology and infrastructure for this exciting digital currency trading initiative,” David Newns, Global Head of Execution Services for State Street Global Markets, said in a statement.

Asked if State Street would be using the platform to do its own crypto trading, Lauren Kiley, CEO of Pure Digital, told CoinDesk in an email, “That is the intention – State Street is one of the many banks that will be using this platform and we are looking at midway through 2021, although no date is set.” State Street subsequently confirmed it plans on using the platform.

Institutions appear to be driving the current crypto bull run, a key difference from the retail-driven expansion of the space back in 2017. Big banks like BNY Mellon, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are now making moves, and eyes have been on State Street, as one of the biggest U.S. custody providers and trading operations, to see when/if it would move into crypto.

“The digital currency world needs to grow up and mature,” Campbell Adams, founder of Pure Digital, said in an interview, adding:

“It needs large balance financial institutions involved in the manufacturing process of price. The primary market doesn't really exist. There's a lot of disparate exchanges out there with different rules of engagement and sy...
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