With the amount of cutting-edge technology it takes to process millions of daily investments in a $77.6 trillion global stock market, it's no wonder exchanges are some of the earliest adopters of blockchain in trading. In 2015, NASDAQ announced its first securities transaction using blockchain. Since then, the market has installed Linq, a blockchain-backed platform that expedites trade settlements in minutes rather than days.

FinFix Research founder and NASDAQ contributor Prableen Bajpai advocates for blockchain’s enormous "potential ability to streamline the process" of complex procedures and risks.  Proof of payment, transfer of stocks and the considerable amount of math it takes to quantify stock prices in real-time could all be improved by blockchain. Additionally, as alternative cryptocurrency becomes more popular, new avenues for trading are emerging via dozens of blockchain-based trading platforms.

Blockchain Trading

Blockchain in financial trading means transparent pricing, new alternative markets, faster payment processing and immutable transaction recordkeeping. Blockchain’s ledger technology is enabling people to trade for lower costs and at faster speeds than ever before.

Whether it’s a crypto-trading platform or a smart contract tool, blockchain continues to make a case for its enormous future potential in financial trading. We’ve rounded up 12 diverse companies that use blockchain in the financial trading world.


Blockchain Applications in Trading


Location: Boston, Massachusetts

How it’s using blockchain in trading: Circle allows users to trade and invest in cryptocurrencies. The platform offers a wide variety of crypto investment opportunities in everything from Bitcoin to Ethereum and the Basic Attention Token (BAT). Circle trading supports both crypto-for-crypto and crypto-for-fiat currency trading.

Industry impact: More than $2 billion in crypto is traded every month on Circle’s Poloniex platform. 


blockchain applications trading paxos

Location: New York, New York

How it’s using blockchain in trading: Paxos is the first regulated Trust company using blockchain. By using ledger technology, the company can settle trades instantaneously, automate payment processes and eliminate third-parties. Additionally, the Paxos Standard Token (PAX) is equal to $1 USD, making it stable for digital trades.

Industry impact: The PAX stablecoin has been approved by the New York Department of Financial Services to act as a liquid alternative to cash. The coin can be used for instantaneous settlement in financial transactions, and it offers fully transparent ledger capabilities for accounting purposes.


blockchain applications trading gemini

Location: New York, New York

How it’s using blockchain in trading: Gemini lets users to buy, sell or store digital assets on its platform. The company’s Gemini Dollar (GUSD) was the world’s first government regulated stablecoin. One GUSD equals one USD and is available for trade on dozens of crypto exchange platforms.

Industry impact: Founded by the Winklevoss twins (of Facebook fame), Gemini not only has a platform for individuals to invest in and trade crypto, it also offers enterprise grade trading for institutions. The company installs and manages crypto trading platforms for a number of algorithmic traders, hedge funds and digital asset businesses.


blockchain applications trading coinbase

Location: San Francisco, California

How it’s using blockchain in trading: Coinbase is one of the largest crypto trading platforms on the market. The company offers Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin trading platforms for individuals, and a more advanced crypto index fund for professional traders. Additionally, Coinbase established its own stablecoin (USD Coin), which can be used as a 1:1 match with the U.S. dollar and is transferable all over the world.

Industry impact: Coinbase boasts 20 million customers that have traded more than $150 billion in blockchain-based digital assets.


blockchain applications trading shapeshift

Location: Denver, Colorado

How it’s using blockchain in trading: ShapeShift uses blockchain to facilitate real-time, secure cryptocurrency swaps. Want to switch out your Bitcoin for Ether? ShapeShift users can quickly change out their alternative currencies for each other at real-time rates.

Industry impact: ShapeShift created a suite of crypto trading tools, like coincap, which gives users real-time market data for digital assets or bitfract, which allows for traders to swap one input currency for up to 62 crypto assets in a single transaction.


blockchain applications trading strix leviathan
Strix Leviathan

Location: Seattle, Washington

How it’s using blockchain in trading: Strix Leviathan builds enterprise-grade crypto trading platforms for large enterprises like hedge funds and banks. The company combines proprietary big data and algorithms to pull data from multiple exchanges to help institutions make the most up-to-date trading decisions. The Strix Leviathan trade execution engine is built on a single API that allows for simultaneous trading on multiple blockchain platforms.

Industry impact: Founded in early 2018, Strix Leviathan has already raised more than $1.6 million in funding for the expansion of its blockchain-based trading software.


blockchain applications trading ambisafe

Location: Seattle, Washington

How it’s using blockchain in trading: Ambisafe creates tailor-made, blockchain-backed software solutions for everything from ICO launches to trading platforms. The company’s financial solutions include the creation and management of digital assets and a platform called Orderbook that facilitates the simultaneous trade of multiple cryptocurrencies.

Industry impact: The Ambisafe Orderbook platform allows for the trading of Bitcoin, Ethereum and U.S. dollars, as well as 45 other blockchain-based assets like Botchain and Holotoken.


blockchain applications trading sfox

Location: Los Angeles, California

How it’s using blockchain in trading: SFOX is a crypto trading platform for large-scale investors like high-net-worth individuals, funds and businesses. The company offers a variety of proprietary algorithms that match an investor's needs. For example, the “Tortoise” algorithm waits until a price is optimal to execute a trade. The company’s “Smart Routing” algorithm option executes trade across exchanges it deems most optimal.

Industry impact: SFOX has already processed more than $9 billion in transaction volume.


blockchain applications trading emx

Location: San Francisco, California

How it’s using blockchain in trading: EMX is a trading platform that uses cryptocurrency as collateral to trade commodities, equities and crypto futures. The company's blockchain offers contracts on all major cryptos, as well as futures options on commodities like gold and investment opportunities in futures contracts on both digital and real-world assets.

Industry impact: EMX plans a full launch in 2019. The platform will feature reduced fees with its platform token, ETH and BTC collateral and fair auction-based markets.


blockchain applications trading kraken

Location: San Francisco, California

How it’s using blockchain in trading: Kraken is the largest Bitcoin exchange in Euro value. It also trades in Canadian and U.S. dollars, as well as Japanese Yen and British Pounds. Kraken is also the first Bitcoin exchange to have its trading price and volume displayed on the Bloomberg Terminal and the first to pass a cryptographically verifiable proof-of-reserves audit.

Industry impact: Kraken has already acquired five companies, including Cryptowatch and Glidera, to offer users a full suite of Bitcoin trading options and information.


blockchain applications trading tradeblock

Location: New York, New York

How it’s using blockchain in trading: TradeBlock provides institutional tools for blockchain-based digital currency trading. The company builds personalized bitcoin trading platforms that include proprietary market analytics, trade execution tools and an index that is secured with blockchain ledger technology.

Industry impact: TradeBlock has raised more than $53.1 million in capital to expand its services to a wider group of Bitcoin traders.


blockchain applications trading tzero

Location: Midvale, Utah

How it’s using blockchain in trading: TZero uses blockchain ledgers to reduce trade settlement times and costs, and to increase auditability. The software helps with everything from encrypting trading accounts to post-trade clearing and reconciliation.

Industry impact: TZero was created by Overstock.com. The e-commerce furniture giant is looking at ways to implement blockchain that will further streamline the financial markets. The company's many blockchain trading tools include digital receipts, which can help trace stock trades in real-time.

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