What You Need to Know
- Citadel Securities and Virtu are developing a crypto offering with help from Fidelity and Schwab that would increase access to digital assets.
- The product, still in its early development, could be available late this year or early next.
Citadel Securities and Virtu Financial Inc. are building a cryptocurrency trading platform along with retail brokerages Fidelity Investments and Charles Schwab Corp.
The market makers are developing a crypto offering with help from Fidelity and Schwab that would increase access to digital assets, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing the private plans. The product, still in its early development, could be available late this year or early next, the people said.
Representatives for Citadel Securities and Virtu declined to comment.
This would be the first big crypto push from Citadel Securities and Virtu, dominant trading firms in traditional markets like equities and exchange-traded funds. Other market makers like Jump Trading and Jane Street are already active in crypto with venture investments and trading capabilities.
Susan Coburn, a spokeswoman for Fidelity, said the brokerage firm “supports efforts within the industry that provide optionality to source liquidity for our clients.”
Schwab “has made a minority, passive strategic investment in a new digital asset venture,” spokeswoman Mayura Hooper said in an emailed statement. “We know there is significant interest in this cryptocurrency space and we will look to invest in firms and technologies working to offer access with a strong regulatory focus and in a secure environment.”