Launched on May 26th, 2020, EQUOS is a centralized crypto exchange based in Singapore. Our parent company Diginex is the first listed company on Nasdaq with a crypto exchange (Nasdaq: EQOS). EQUOS currently lists BTC, ETH and USDC as well as BTC/USDC, ETH/USDC and ETH/BTC trading pairs for Spot and a BTC/USD trading pair for Perpetual Futures. EQUOS operates out of Singapore under a temporary exemption from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, pending its application for a license under the Money Services Act. They also allow deposit with USD.
Institutions and individuals are equally welcome on EQUOS. The platform’s team states that they provide an institutional-grade architecture based on each institution’s needs. At the same time, EQUOS is designed to help any individual to trade digital currencies with ease, convenience, and speed.
For institutional traders, EQUOS offers sandbox environments with FIX and WebSocket native APIs making it possible to integrate the platform’s interface into any other application developed specifically for the institution’s requirements.
EQUOS specializes in crypto derivatives trading. At the time of writing, the exchange offers spot trading and perpetual futures trading within the test net. Only three competitive coins are traded there: BTC, ETH, and USDT. The test net is available in English, Chinese, and Korean. Among key benefits that the platform provides are security, transparency, and flexible fiat onramp as users can deposit, withdraw, and trade USD and a stable coin USDC at a 1:1 ratio.
EQUOS fees and limits
There is no deposit fee on the platform. Withdrawals are also free for crypto but it is specified that free withdrawals are possible during the promotional period only. Minimum withdrawal amounts depend on a definite coin and equal to 0.001 BTC, 0.02 ETH, and 5 USDC correspondingly.
The minimum fiat withdrawal is 41 USD and the withdrawal fee is 40 USD. Trading spot fees and perpetual futures fees are different. They depend on the 30-day trading volume and there are ten levels according to this factor. The more this indicator is the less the traders have to pay. Takers and makers are treated differently as takers have to pay more.
The platform stimulates its users’ interests and activities by implementing various programs.
The Bug Bounty program is intended to encourage users to help the team to work against the platform’s vulnerabilities. They aim to create a safe and secure environment and that is why they are interested in detecting errors and establishing faults. The users will be rewarded in return.
The size of the reward depends on the problem priority. All the problems are divided into five groups and paid accordingly: very low priority ($10+), low priority ($20+), medium priority ($50+), high priority ($100+), and critical priority ($200+). The issues of critical priority are SQL injection, arbitrary code execution, remote file inclusion, privilege escalation, or access to user wallets.
The Referral program is intended to increase the number of active traders. By inviting their friends, referrers will receive 30% of their fees forever, without time limits. The referrals will enjoy the 5% fee discount for six months. Various contests and competitions are regularly performed among users to boost their interest.
Security is claimed to be the greatest platform’s priority. EQUOS requires KYC for all its customers and provides daily AML (Anti-Money Laundering) checks to ensure a safe trading environment. The project team has cooperated with Global Digital Finance and the Monetary Authority of Singapore to organize the external checks.
Secure hot and cold custody structures, 2FA authentication, double web application firewall, and fraud prevention measures ensure multi-layered security protection. Also, it’s worth noting that 2FA is mandatory to set up for every new user of the platform, whether a person is going to actively trade here or not.
As Diginex is EQUOS’s parent company, it is obvious that both companies are operated by the same team. Richard Byworth is the CEO at Diginex and EQUOS. He is also a board advisor at PRIVATEMARKET.IO. Prior to Diginex and EQUOS, he worked in various banks and financial structures.
James Reed is the Chief Operating Officer. He also has deep experience in finance as he worked as the COO in various banks (Arab National Bank Invest and Deutsche Bank). There is no list with the team members’ names available on the EQUOS website but this list is available on Diginex. EQUOS also has a profile on LinkedIn where any interested user can get the names of the company’s personalities.