The digital asset economy is growing faster every day, and exchanges are a foundational part of this growth. Exchanges act as important on/off ramps for users participating in digital ecosystems around the world.
Many exchanges require users to verify their identity and link to a bank account in order to access these on/off ramps. But what happens to people located in geographies with limited access to banking services?
How It Works
Stellar helps exchanges enable compliant on/off ramps—including cash-in and cash-out points—that grant the exchanges access to local currencies in these under-represented geographies, including those without bank accounts.
A global blockchain network, Stellar allows both traditional and digital financial institutions to interoperate within the same infrastructure. This is accomplished through anchors – native interoperable on/off-ramps within the Stellar network. Anchors support standardized services for converting Stellar-based assets into local currency, and vice versa.
Simply put, the interoperability of Stellar opens access to new markets, users, and services around the world. Exchanges looking to tap into these emerging markets can integrate assets like Stellar USDC to unlock cheaper, day-to-day payments.
According to Statista, these were the top six countries whose population don’t have access to the services of banks or similar institutions worldwide in 2021:
According to a report from the FDIC Survey of Household Use of Banking and Financial Services, 5.4% of American households are unbanked (7.1M).
Women in developing countries remain 9% less likely than men to have a bank account.
What It Does
Stellar offers exchanges exciting opportunities in new geographies. Not only is Stellar fast and inexpensive to use for both institutional and retail users, it also gives exchanges access to Stellar's existing global network of anchors. Exchanges that integrate and support Stellar-based assets like Stellar USDC, EURT, and BRL gain access to the entire Stellar ecosystem, instantly meeting the needs and demands of their users across these new, emerging economies.
Faster, More Cost-effective
Financial institutions and financial technology companies worldwide issue assets and settle payments on the Stellar network, which has grown to over 5 million accounts and has processed more than 1.5 billion total operations.
USDC is the world’s leading fully reserved digital dollar currency, issued by Circle and governed by Centre. With Stellar USDC, users have access to a digital dollar that was specifically built for payments, enabling seamless, instant, low-cost cross-border transactions and next-gen treasury management. It has seen over 1,000% year-over-year growth and now has nearly $6B USDC in circulation with the Stellar network.
By integrating Stellar-based assets like Stellar USDC, your exchange can provide multi-chain interoperability and take advantage of Stellar’s low fees and fast confirmation times to provide users with faster, more cost-effective USDC transfers and withdrawals. This is a stark contrast when you compare Stellar to:
Transactions can take up to 1-4 working days, with fees determined by the bank that initiates your transfer and typically ~3-5% in exchange costs.
Transaction costs depend largely on blockchain fees, like Ethereum’s gas fees, but using Stellar USDC can save users anywhere between $12 and $34 on typical transactions when compared to other networks affected by pricing surges.
Anchors & Available Features
Deposit and Withdrawal API
Hosted Deposit and Withdrawal
Integrating Stellar assets is easy. If your exchange already supports Stellar lumens (XLM), a simple few code additions can unlock access to more global currencies and digital assets. If your exchange already supports assets like USDC through other protocols, no new listings are required on your exchange. Additionally, the friendly API tooling supports a short development window for your engineering teams.
Increase and diversify your user base (retail and institutional)
Increase your trading volume
Provide instant access for your users to Stellar on/off ramps for their financial needs
Offer a cheaper and faster alternative for your users
Bridge to advanced use cases, i.e. cards, yield products, remittances, AMM
Increased brand visibility through collaboration with Stellar
Exchanges act as important on and off-ramps for both retail and institutional users participating in digital asset ecosystems around the world.
Exchanges enable users to buy or sell crypto assets with fiat (or vice versa) through a variety of payment methods (ex. bank account, debit card, wire transfer etc.)
Digital asset coverage will differ across each exchange. To learn more about supported cryptocurrencies, refer to resources published by the exchange about any supported assets.
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