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The exchange might even help move the market. Since so many alt coins could only be purchased by way of bitcoin, the value of bitcoin and many other digital currencies were closely correlated. The value of those crypto units may now begin to decouple from bitcoin, Shihara said, as more investors transact in dollars.

Currently, nearly 200 different digital coins can be traded on Bittrex. The CEO said that a "small, select number of launch partners" are working with the exchange to pay in dollars.

"In this phase, we're stress-testing our system," he said. "We're working with the banks very closely to ensure that they can process the FIAT deposits and withdrawals. Also, the engine itself that we use to trade, is going to be able to properly handle the load."

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