UK-based crypto exchange CEX.io says it has now officially entered the US market. It reports having obtained licensing as a Money Services Business (MSB) with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), now allowing US customers to make fiat deposits and withdrawals.
The exchange, operated by the same entity as the Ghash.io mining pool, provides for the trading of several cryptocurrencies. USD and EUR are the supported fiat currencies.
The service is restricted to states which CEX.io believes are “in [the] process of developing Bitcoin regulation policies”, or where additional money services licnesing is not necessary. Excluded, therefore are 28 states and territories. New York and California, larger markets whose regulators are looking into Bitcoin, are supported. New Jersey, which also got the ball rolling on regulation, is excluded. Interestingly, seemingly Bitcoin-friendly states like New Hampshire and Texas are also excluded, as was North Carolina, which had made indications of taking a slightly different path to regulation than New York.
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The exchange says it looking into getting licensing in all states.
The move is well-timed with the expected rollout of New York’s BitLicense regulations, which may happen this month. Other US-based exchanges have been actively reviewing their preparedness, although the industry in general remains concerned about how it will be impacted by the proposed regulations.
CEX.io also offers a brokerage service, allowing users to purchase bitcoins via credit card.