China Bitcoin OTC trade rises in popularity

China Bitcoin OTC: 100m USD traded over 3 platforms in a fortnight
01 November 2017   1218

Right before the exit of most Bitcoin exchanges in China, ifcert.org.cn issues a report on OTC trade against CNY.

According to the survey, over 680 million yuan worth of trading are observed on 3 platforms in 2 weeks. The report disclose statistics concerning volume, etc. Surprisingly, Coincola, a HK-based OTC platform, accounts for 70% of the trading volume, overtaking Localbitcoins and Paxful. The following text translation is provided by news.8btc.com.

At present, there are 4 OTC platforms that domestic users used most frequently (all located abroad): LocalBitcoins, Paxful, CoinCola and BitcoinWorld.  As the researchers note, the popularity of these platforms has increased significantly over the past year. In particular, a high level of anonymity and a wide range of payment systems make OTC trading more attractive for users.

The scale of BTC-CNY OTC is shown in Figure 1 (data from LocalBitcoin and Paxful). The OTC trade volume before February 2017 is relatively small. After the exchange banned Bitcoin withdrawal in early February, the trading volume grew exponentially. Then the volume dropped as exchange allowed withdrawal after June 2017. With the ICO ban and policy change in early September, OTC transactions once again prosper.

Fig.1 BTC-CNY Daily Trading Volume
Fig. 1 BTC-CNY Daily Trading Volume

From the data of LocalBitcoin and Paxful, the ratio of BTC-CNY volume rose from 5% to 20% among the total volume, which is shown in Figure 2.

Fig. 2 BTC-CNY OTC trading volume
Fig. 2 BTC-CNY OTC trading volume

Thus, the volume of exchange trading is in opposite trending with OTC trading as shown in Figure 3. Current BTC-CNY P2P trading volume is only about 1/100 of the amount of earlier phase.

Fig. 3 BTC-CNY exchange trade volume
Fig. 3 BTC-CNY exchange trade volume

By analyzing the BTC-CNY transaction data of LocalBitcoins, Paxful and CoinCola in the past two weeks, the total transaction volume of the three platforms was 680 million yuan, of which the Hongkong-based CoinCola increased significantly, accounting for up to 70%. The chart below shows the comparison of the turnover of the three platforms in the past two weeks.

Fig. 4 Trading volume of OTC Platforms
Fig. 4 Trading volume of OTC Platforms

Thus, the report shows that the OTC trading is growing day by day with further development of Bitcoin. 

BitPay to Receive New York's BitLicense

Having received BitLicense, BitPay can now conduct business with New York-based companies and consumers
17 July 2018   108

The well-known cryptocurrency processing service BitPay obtained a license to work with virtual currencies in the state of New York. Known also as BitLicense, this license is issued by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) and grants its holders the ability to conduct activities related to cryptocurrencies in the state.

NYDFS has carefully studied the company's application, including its policy on measures to combat money laundering, customer identification, fraud prevention, cybersecurity. The financial situation of the company was also thoroughly analyzed.

New York state has one of the strictest policies around businesses involved in cryptocurrency and working through the approval processes to obtain a License was important to BitPay. We believe this hard work will pay off as New York presents significant business opportunities for BitPay.
 

Stephen Pair

CEO, BitPay

Having received BitLicense, BitPay can now conduct business with New York-based companies and consumers: the first will be able to use the company's processing services to accept payments in Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, the latter will pay for various goods and services using these two BitPay supported cryptos.

Note that BitPay was only the eighth company that received BitLicense. Other license holders are Square, Xapo, Genesis Global Trading, bitFlyer USA, Coinbase, Ripple and Circle. In addition, special permissions for operations with crypto-currencies are exchanged by Gemini and itBit.