“Certainly, Nasdaq would consider becoming a crypto exchange” says company’s CEO
Adena Friedman.

     The CEO of the second largest stock exchange in the world, Nasdaq, said in an interview with CNBC´s Squawk Box, that the company is open to the idea of becoming a cryptocurrency exchange in a regulated market. Friedman was asked about the position of the $9 million market cap company, and her personal opinion on being a crypto-service provider, “A lot of people are frustrated that even if they go into [the cryptocurrency] market, they have no liquidity [at an] exchange,” host and ‘Shark Tank’ shark Kevin O’Leary said, quipping: “Nasdaq would be a natural place for that, would it not?”

“Certainly, Nasdaq would consider becoming a crypto exchange over time, if we do look at it and say ‘it’s time, people are ready for a more regulated market,’ for something that provides a fair experience for investors.” She answered. Also, Adena was asked about her position about the future of bitcoin, she declared:

“I believe that digital currencies will continue to persist it’s just a matter of how long it will take for that space to mature,” Friedman said.

“Once you look at it and say, ‘do we want to provide a regulated market for this?’ Certainly, Nasdaq would consider it.”

This Wednesday Nasdaq announced its collaboration with cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, which according to Gemini CEO Tyler Winklevoss, the deal gives Gemini access to Nasdaq’s surveillance technology to help make sure the platform provides a fair and “rules-based marketplace,” for their own participants.

.You can watch the complete interview here: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/25/nasdaq-is-open-to-becoming-cryptocurrency-exchange-ceo-says.html


by Samuel Larreal


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