HashKey Exchange, an Asia-based cryptocurrency exchange, has taken a significant step in its expansion strategy with the official launch of its retail trading app in Hong Kong. The exchange, under the leadership of Livio Weng, HashKey’s Chief Operating Officer, recently obtained approval from the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) to offer its app to both professional investors and retail users.
This move comes on the heels of the exchange’s August 28 introduction of retail trading services on its website, a decision that has already demonstrated remarkable success. Livio Weng revealed that trading volumes have surged, with a daily trading volume exceeding $100 million on October 30 alone. Notably, popular trading pairs such as BTC-USD, ETH-USD, BTC-HKD, and ETH-HKD have witnessed substantial trading volumes, totaling over $2.7 million.
The launch of the app underscores the vital role mobile applications play in the retail trading space. According to Weng, their research has shown that approximately 85% of users prefer trading through mobile apps, highlighting the app’s importance.
The regulatory landscape for cryptocurrency exchanges in Hong Kong has become increasingly rigorous in the wake of the alleged fraud scandal involving the JPEX crypto exchange. The SFC has introduced two additional investor protection measures, leading HashKey to undergo extensive scrutiny and submit numerous rounds of supplementary materials for their app’s approval.
HashKey Exchange currently serves users from 17 jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Israel, the U.K., and the U.S., allowing them to link their bank cards for fiat currency deposits in Hong Kong dollars and U.S. dollars.
HashKey’s HSK Token: A Strategic Game-Changer
In a strategic move, HashKey intends to launch its own ERC-20 utility token, the HSK token. This token aims to incentivize participants in the HashKey ecosystem, fostering growth and engagement. The exchange plans to mint a total of 1 billion HSK tokens, with allocations of 65% for ecosystem growth, 30% for staff incentives, and 5% for the company’s insurance vault, as outlined in their whitepaper.
HashKey’s vision extends beyond trading, as it explores real-world asset tokenization (RWA) to tap into this emerging asset class. With a license to issue and trade security tokens in Hong Kong, the exchange is in talks with the SFC regarding two significant RWA cases. These negotiations have reached an advanced stage, positioning HashKey to potentially make a substantial impact in this evolving sector.
In a dynamic and evolving cryptocurrency landscape, HashKey Exchange’s latest developments underscore its commitment to offering innovative and compliant solutions for both professional and retail investors while embracing the growing interest in real-world asset tokenization.