The popular cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin is in the crypto news again, this time for its new launch in the Latin American market. A press release has confirmed this move by the exchange, and also confirmed that there will be a new platform launch which will let users trade Bitcoin and other top altcoins against local fiat currencies.
As the release notes, OKCoin’s expansion to Latin America comes after it became a fully licensed platform for operating in the region. At start, OKCoin will allow users in Argentina to deposit Argentine pesos (ARS) to the platform, which can be traded with top cryptos such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Cardano, Stellar, Zcash and 0x.
According to the document, OKCoin will also be opening an office in Buenos Aires and setting up a team to “support the business throughout Latin America.”
As one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in China before the region’s trading ban, OKCoin has been expanding at a rapid pace (outside China, of course). In January, the exchange launched a platform in South Korea and entered the United States with fiat-to-crypto offerings in July 2018.
Currently, OKCoin supports USD trading and is present in over 110 countries. As the CEO of OKCoin USA Tim Buyn believes, this is just the beginning of the expansion.
“We’re aiming to grow throughout the region by bringing institutional and retail traders there an array of trusted trading options so they can buy and sell with confidence,” Buyn said following the official announcement.
He also pointed that the Latin American market is extremely important for the exchange as it is for many crypto and blockchain industries.
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“We will never accept won or renminbi or francs or cryptocurrency, or any other currency. You have to relieve your debts to the state of Ohio with U.S. dollars. That’s what we’re currently accepting. This platform just allows for that exchange, basically before that debt is settled to the state of Ohio.”Sprague pointed out that the treasury is reviewing how the program can be expanded and they are looking into the potential risks that can come up by using this method of tax payments. Ohio is working hard to attract blockchain-related businesses to the state. The state has already passed a law allowing businesses to pay taxes in crypto but the State Treasurer Josh Mandel stated that the legislation ‘’pants a flag’’ in Ohio regarding cryptocurrency adoption. Two days ago, the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio announced the gathering of a group that will work to explore the benefits of blockchain in real estate and transfer of land titles.
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