Coinbase to Draw Curtains on Trader-Friendly Independent Service ‘Pro’

Launched in May 2018, the standalone Coinbase Pro service offered transactions in lower fees to traders.

Coinbase to Draw Curtains on Trader-Friendly Independent Service ‘Pro’

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Earlier this month, Coinbase announced the lay-off of 18 percent of its workforce

Highlights
  • Coinbase Pro offered transactions in lower fees
  • Coinbase Pro was duplicating features with main app
  • Service was also encountering tech glitches

Coinbase crypto exchange has decided to put a fullstop to its advanced, trader-centric service called ‘Coinbase Pro'. The service will be faded out gradually by the end of this year. A new venture called ‘Advanced Trade' will be replacing the Pro service. This will offer comparable features, which will remain within the main Coinbase app and site itself. As per Coinbase, duplicated features and glitches in balance transfers with Pro are the reason behind its upcoming shutdown.

Launched in May 2018, the standalone Coinbase Pro service offered transactions in lower fees to traders. It also interacted directly with the Coinbase Exchange order book. The development has been met with major flak on social media.

Coinbase is merely aiming to merge these advanced trading services within its main app, its Chief Product Officer, Surojit Chatterjee wrote on Twitter, reacting to an angry investor.

On June 21, Coinbase Pro users complained about not being able to log into their respective accounts.

At the time, the crypto exchange said its servers were facing connectivity issues, leading to failed transactions and other app glitches. The issue was later resolved.

Coinbase, led by crypto mogul Brian Armstrong, has been making some structural and functional changes in order to boost its ‘efficiency'.

Currently, the crypto market is struggling to overcome losses caused due to US' interest rate hikes, the crash of Terra and Celsius Network, as well as a low-risk appetite from investors in recession-like circumstances.

Earlier this month, Coinbase announced the lay-off of 18 percent of its workforce in the backdrop of losses hitting the digital assets sector.

Taking full accountability of over-hiring, Armstrong noted that the company had onboarded too many members in recent months, that was now hindering the firm's efficiency.


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