Crypto should become a regular part of TradFi within 5-10 years: Exchange CEO


Crypto needs to establish itself as a “brand new” component of traditional finance, rather than try to squeeze itself into existing financial products, suggests the CEO of crypto exchange Bittrex Global.

The company’s United States arm recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, announcing it intended to return customer funds and wind U.S. operations. It added it would not impact global operations.

Speaking to Cointelegraph at Bitcoin Miami on May 18, Bittrex Global CEO Oliver Linch stated that in several places — including the United States — regulators tend to view crypto through the lens of traditional finance while trying to comprehend its nature.

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He argued, however, that it is ineffective to try and analyze crypto through the “prism of traditional finance.”

Instead, crypto should be a “brand-new […] thing” in the traditional finance space while still aligning with the same fundamental principles as other traditional financial products, Linch said, adding:

“You’ve got securities, you’ve got derivatives, you’ve got crypto. It’s just another component, right?”

On the other hand, Linch emphasized that the “most robust regulatory regimes” being set up are countries that actually engage with “crypto-on-crypto zone terms.”

In an ideal world, Linch suggested that in “five to 10 years” from now, crypto will seamlessly integrate into traditional finance, and events like “Bitcoin Miami shouldn’t exist.”

The U.S. arm of the crypto exchange announced on April 1 that it would be winding down operations on April 30, citing a challenging regulatory and economic environment in the United States. 

Co-founder and CEO Richie Lai said that as the crypto ecosystem evolved, regulatory requirements have become increasingly “unclear” and “enforced, without appropriate discussion or input,” leading to an uneven competitive landscape.

This environment has made it economically unviable for Bittrex to continue its operations in the United States, he said.

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