AAX is committed to operating a digital asset exchange which provides a safe, trusted and stable trading venue for users. Having well defined KYC (know-your-customer) processes and standards are the first steps to effectively screen users.
What is KYC?
Banks, financial institutions and digital asset exchanges need to know the identity of an individual before they onboard someone as a customer. Individuals are required to supply identification documents such as passports, identity card and address proof when opening an account. The compliance team will then verify the identity of the applicant based on the requirements of the Red Flag Rules.
Building a trusted community for users
While some argue KYC increases sign up times, AAX takes a risk-based approach with KYC whilst maintaining user convenience through rapid yet thorough KYC processes.
AAX takes a risk-based approach with KYC. The first defensive layer AAX has in place is to attract the right customers. For example, AAX does not allow citizens or residents of OFAC comprehensively sanctioned countries and citizens or residents of EU and UN sanctioned countries to use our platform.
The second layer involves traditional client due diligence practice to know the real identity of the user. Aside from requiring clients to provide identification documents, the compliance team at AAX will also conduct additional background checks on all clients.
All these measures will be taken to ensure traders on AAX are not from a nefarious background to protect the legitimacy of the platform. After all, no financial institution would want to have any association with criminal behaviour, and establishing credibility and trust with investors and regulators is extremely important to the ongoing success of any financial institution,
With that being said, exchanges that operate without a robust KYC policy are putting themselves and their users at risk of being exploited by criminals carrying out illicit activities such as Terrorism Financing and money laundering.
Safeguarding investor’s assets
It is common for businesses involved in misconduct to be shut down by regulators or have their assets frozen.
Imagine trading digital assets on an exchange which allows anyone to trade without verifying the identity of users. Such an exchange is a magnet for criminals, and it’s therefore no surprise that regulators are keeping a close watch on these platforms and are beginning to issue guidance.
In cases where authorities step in to investigate illicit activities on the exchange, it is possible all users will have part, or all of their assets frozen This would be a major disruption for any investors and one of the reasons why investors should trade on AAX, an exchange which cares a great deal about KYC.
AAX’s thorough yet user-friendly KYC
AAX’s team of compliance professionals have deployed extensive measures in ensuring a fair and trusted trading venue. All of AAX clients must go through a through KYC process before conducting any digital asset or fiat deposit, withdraw or trade.
To register as a user on AAX, a user needs to submit his or her passport or identification documents that confirm their identity as well as address proof issued within 3 months matching the standard KYC process at banks. The AAX compliance team will then verify the information and validated users could begin trading in less than 24 hours after submission of documents. This is categorised as level 1 verification.
Users who wish to increase the transaction limit of their account will need to go through the Level 2 verification which involves a video call through real-time chat with an AAX compliance officer.
Building a trusted exchange is a core value of AAX
From day one AAX is committed to doing the right thing to protect customers and to ensure there is no opportunity for criminal or malicious behaviour on the exchange.
The KYC process developed by our team of highly skilled compliance professionals aligns with our commitment and values to create a fair and trusted exchange. KYC is a job that requires long-term commitment. We will work relentlessly to improve our KYC processes, adopt best practices in KYC and implement KYC policies in accordance to regulatory guidelines.
To find out more about AAX or to pre-register please visit www.aax.com.