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Kraken Crypto Exchange to Add 1,600 Coins: Is Trolling Coinbase Behind the Plan?

  • Alex Dovbnya
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    The San Francisco-based crypto exchange makes a bombshell announcement about adding 1,600 new coins

Kraken Crypto Exchange to Add 1,600 Coins: Is Trolling Coinbase Behind the Plan?
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Kraken, a popular San Francisco-based crypto exchange, has recently posted a tweet about adding as many as 1,600 altcoins to their platform. Basically, they want to include all coins that are listed on  Coinmarketcap

Throwing shade at Coinbase

Kraken’s brand new coin addition plan should be obviously taken with a grain of salt. Many Twitter users suggest that the exchange was simply trolling Coinbase in the wake of its announcement about listing five more cryptocurrencies.

 

 

Two rivaling exchanges

Despite all the differences, Kraken and Coinbase do have a lot of things in common. These American startups offer their customers fiat-to-crypto trading. They were founded around the same time and both of them are based in San Francisco. On top of that, Coinbase and Kraken are neck-to-neck competitors in terms of average trading volume (the 15th and the 16th places respectively).

When it comes to purchasing altcoins, Kraken has a significant advantage over Coinbase since it offers a wider choice of cryptocurrencies. Zcash (ZEC) and Stellar (XLM) along with three other coins are currently expected to be added to Coinbase. As of now, the exchange features only four major cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and Ethereum).   

Hurdles behind listing new coins

It is quite difficult for fully regulated and reputed fiat-to-crypto exchanges to add coins. New assets have to undergo a strict vetting process. Coinbase claims that the news about listing five additional currencies doesn’t mean that will be available on the exchange any time soon. First of all, the San Francisco-based company has to cooperate closely with state banks and regulators.

Will Kraken manage to translate its bombshell announcement into reality and add all 1,600 tokens following their ‘highly sophisticated review process’? Only time will tell.  

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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