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Coinbase Begin to Support for British Pound Trading Pairs

Coinbase has been progressively making inroads into the UK market as it seeks to become a market leader in the lucrative market. The San Francisco-based crypto exchange announced that it could begin to support more British pound (GBP) trading pairs for its UK users. The four trading pairs will be added to the already existing BTC-GBP offering that Coinbase Pro already offers and can make it much easier for UK users to trade in cryptos. Coinbase launches the new pairs in three stages that are meant to ensure seamless integration.

Conquering the UK

The GBP support will be enabled by the Faster Payments Scheme, a payment service that facilitates the secure and fast settlement of mobile and internet payments. Faster Payments Scheme was introduced in the UK a decade ago and has gone on to process over 9B payments, worth over £6T. Coinbase Pro will be the 1st and only major crypto trading platform to integrate the Faster Payments Scheme into its operations. Already, UK Coinbase users can send GBP to their bank accounts via domestic bank transfers.

The launch shall be executed in three stages, all of which will be monitored independently for the four new trading pairs. The 1st shall be the post-only stage in which the users will be able to post limit orders on the platform, but none shall be matched to the buyers. This stage is expected to be just 10 minutes long. In the next stage, limit orders will start to match, but market orders will not be available. This stage is also expected to last 10 minutes after which the last stage, full trading, shall commence. Users will then have all the options available on the Coinbase Pro platform including market and stop orders. Coinbase Pro’s General Manager, David Farmer stated that should any of the new order books not meet the expected assessment at any stage of the launch, it may be kept at that stage longer or even suspended altogether.

The new GBP trading pairs that will be launched are LTC-GBP, ETH-GBP, BCH-GBP and ETC-GBP. These will be added to the already existing BTC-GBP pair that Coinbase Pro has been offering its clients. The significance of the UK market can’t be overstated. The British capital is ranked as the second-largest financial center in the world after New York as well as being the European financial center. This makes conquering the UK market critical for Coinbase. Recognizing this, Coinbase announced a month ago that it would add GBP support which would enable same-day deposits and withdrawals for UK users.

This was one in a number of moves the company has taken in its quest to dominate the UK crypto trading space including obtaining an e-money license for its fiat operations from the Financial Conduct Authority and becoming the 1st crypto trading platform to open a bank account with a major UK bank. The e-money license issued by the FCA gave Coinbase access to 23 other European markets and will be key in its expansion plans. Presently, the European crypto trading market is up for anyone’s taking as most of the trading platforms have only dominated in specific countries.

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