HashKey Exchange, an Asia-based cryptocurrency exchange, is set to start offering crypto trading services to retail clients starting from Aug. 28, its executive said.
In an interview with The Block, Livio Weng, HashKey’s chief operating officer, said the exchange will commence its retail trading services for bitcoin and ether — the two largest cryptocurrencies in circulation — only. Weng said offering trading services for the two tokens can fulfill most retail investors’ needs.
The new operation comes after HashKey, earlier this month, became the first crypto outfit in Hong Kong to obtain a license under the city’s new licensing regime, which permits crypto trading platforms to offer retail services.
Weng added that both the company and Hong Kong’s financial regulator hold a more prudent approach toward offering retail trading services. “We thought it’d be better to be more prudent,” Weng said. “In a bearish market environment, there could be higher risks trading the so-called altcoins, so we hope to offer tokens that come with relatively lower risks at first.”
HashKey is expanding retail channels
In an attempt to diversify its retail channels, HashKey is currently in talks with roughly five local brokerages in Hong Kong to establish entries connected to HashKey’s crypto trading services, according to Weng.
“We’re looking to offer crypto trading services directly to investors on these brokerage’s platforms,” Weng said. “This could potentially bring in tens of millions of users who trade Hong Kong stocks on these platforms.”
HashKey requires users to link their bank cards to deposit via fiat currency with the exchange. “We’ll support deposits made in Hong Kong dollars and U.S. dollars,” Weng said.
Weng added that HashKey doesn’t allow Chinese mainland users to register. “We strictly prohibit users from Chinese IP addresses to register on our platform,” he said.
Unlike its neighboring Hong Kong — which is actively developing the crypto and Web3 industries — China banned all crypto transactions on the mainland in September 2021.
HashKey has placed high hopes in its retail services, according to Weng: “We hope to grow our registered user base to between 500,000 to 1 million by the end of this year. We’re also anticipating a more bullish market next year. If that’s the case, we would target to serve 10 million users by 2025.»