San Francisco-based Coinbase, one of the United States largest cryptocurrency exchanges, is following up their most profitable fiscal year with aggressive expansion, making a number of big name acquisitions such as Earn and Cipher Browser, and rolling out an extensive suite of new products aimed at satisfying the needs of institutional investors.

As part of their expansion strategy, Coinbase yesterday announced the rebranding of their flagship GDAX trading platform to Coinbase Pro, along with the acquisition of the 0x protocol-based decentralized exchange Paradex. Through Paradex, Coinbase will first offer peer-to-peer trading of ERC20 tokens outside of the US, with plans to bring the service to the US after making some compliance-related changes.

The news sent waves throughout the cryptocurrency community, but one important part of Coinbase’s announcement was mostly overlooked: Coinbase plans to offer crypto staking in the future. According to Coinbase Pro GM David Farmer via an official Coinbase blog post, the firm’s vision “is to give customers the ability to participate in services like staking and protocol voting that are distinct to crypto,” adding:

“As the decentralized ecosystem advances, we expect there will be many more opportunities for customers to interact with digital assets in new and unique ways.”

Cryptocurrency staking is a process in which investors can generate and earn passive income simply by holding coins in their wallet, and leaving it open. Coinbase adding staking would make their platform even more attractive for long-term ‘HODLers,’ as long term investors can keep their coins safely in a secure, insured wallet, all while generating interest on their holdings.

Coinbase Pro is available as of this writing, while GDAX will cease to exist as of June 29th in what Coinbase calls a seamless rollover. No timeframe was given on when staking may be expected, but it’s clear that providing investors with features that are unique to crypto are among Coinbase’s top priorities.

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Bitcoin exchanges Coinbase and GDAX added full support for bitcoin cash on Tuesday evening, and the rollout did not go smoothly.

Bitcoin Cash Price Explodes After Coinbase Listing

Earlier today, Coinbase announced in a blog post that it had added full support for bitcoin cash, the third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, enabling users to buy, sell, send, and receive the coin on both Coinbase and GDAX, its professional trading platform. Customers who had coins stored on the exchanges at the time of the fork also received access to their airdropped funds.

The bitcoin cash price surged to record levels in response to the announcement, reflecting the fact that Coinbase’s brokerage service is one of the primary ways in which new users in many countries — the U.S. in particular — purchase cryptocurrency. Some analysts attribute the recent litecoin and ethereum rallies, for instance, to their presence on Coinbase amid an explosion of new user registrations.

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Source; CoinMarketCap

Within hours, the global average bitcoin cash price had jumped from $2,300 to $3,000, and it swelled as high as $3,813 before settling down to a present value of $3,224, according to the BlockExplorer price index. This movement represented a single-day increase of 47 percent and lifted bitcoin cash’s market cap to nearly $55 billion.

A Messy Rollout

The news was a huge boon for bitcoin cash proponents, as it further cemented the coin as a top-tier cryptocurrency and made it more accessible to new investors, many of whom likely remain unfamiliar with it.

However, for the company, the rollout could not have gone much worse.

Coinbase’s pricing data comes from GDAX, where the bitcoin cash price quickly — and inexplicably — shot up to $8,500 before the exchange shut down BCH trading and cleared the order books just minutes after their launch.

bitcoin cash price
Source: Coinbase

At press time, GDAX’s BCH markets remained offline, with the last posted trade priced at $9,500. Coinbase, however,  had adjusted the bitcoin cash price down to $3,193, a level that corresponded to the global average.

The rollout left users confused — and enraged — and scores of frustrated users took to social media channels to vow that they would cease to use either Coinbase or GDAX.

It is likely that cooler heads will prevail once GDAX corrects whatever issue caused the price to leap to $9,500 and launches stable BCH markets. Nevertheless, the incident marks yet another public relations headache for Coinbase following a year of unprecedented expansion that has been accompanied by significant growing pains.

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The Global Digital Asset Exchange (GDAX) is a trading platform launched by Coinbase.com in May of 2016. GDAX trades Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), and Litecoin (LTC), and accepts USD, EUR, and GBP Deposits. GDAX owned by the Coinbase Inc, which is based in San Francisco, California.

GDAX is suited to the needs of traders with mid-level experience in crypto trading, as well as institutional and professional investors. GDAX is fairly easy to understand once you get the hang of it, but may be slightly confusing for a first time trader. Customer USD funds in GDAX are FDIC insured, meaning your balance up to $250,000 is protected.

GDAX currently ranks #3 on the BlockExplorer Top 25 Cryptocurrency Exchanges List.

GDAX Bitcoin Exchange Summary:

gdax cryptoName: GDAX
URL: https://www.gdax.com/
Total trading pairs: 9
Founded: 2016
Deposit fees: no
Withdrawal fees: no
Trading fees: 0.00% – 0.25%
Margin trading: yes
USA accepted: yes
Verification levels and withdrawal limits:

Verification Level

Limits

Verified Algorithmic

GDAX Exchange Verification Process:

Users who are already registered on Coinbase don’t have to create an account from scratch and can log in with their Coinbase credentials.

GDAX has two levels of verification. Note: They do not have an unverified tier available for use. Verification is required, and users are not allowed to deposit or trade until the verification is completed.

The verification process is straightforward and is different depending on the country. This is due to the differing regulatory atmospheres in different countries. Some are friendly and some are not. In fact, in some countries, like the United States (US), there are differing regulations depending on state.

US users will need to provide a copy of their driver’s license, residential address, and SSN. Please note that GDAX isn’t currently allowing every American state so they won’t accept US passports as an identification document, they need to see and verify what state you are living in to be compliant. As noted previously, some American states are not allowed. US states not yet supported by GDAX include Wyoming, Hawaii, and Minnesota.

UK users will need a photo of an ID card, driver’s license or Passport as well answers to several identity questions

Users from other countries such as Singapore, Australia, Canada and European countries are required to provide a photo of an ID card, driver’s license or Passport and another photo of a different ID document.

Once you are verified: Happy trading!