Exchanges' Traffic to Reach 2019 Record Levels

For example, Binance was visited 42 million times and Coinbase - 35 million; also, on 16th of May, at Coinbase $376M worth transactions were performed
10 June 2019   352

Donald Trump's trade wars, protracted uncertainty over the expected UK exit from the EU (Brexit), and the looming threat of a global recession could be factors that in May revived activity in cryptocurrency markets, Bitcoinist believes. Against this background, traffic on the leading bitcoin exchanges, in particular, Binance and Coinbase, has noticeably increased.

So, according to SimilarWeb, Binance, which is one of the thousand most visited sites in the world, was visited by 42 million people in May. At Coinbase, the largest US cryptocurrency exchange, the value was 35 million.

BInance and Coinbase Traffic Data
BInance and Coinbase Traffic Data

The increased attendance in turn was converted into an inflow of funds to the exchanges and in trading volumes increase, which together amounted to about $ 5.9 billion last month. Also, the 14-month maximum in trading volumes was recorded at Coinbase last month. The record day came on May 16, when transactions worth more than 47,400 BTC (about $ 376 million) were concluded.

Bitcoin Trading Volume
Bitcoin Trading Volume

Economic problems are pushing the growth of transactions with Bitcoin almost all over the world, however, this is especially clearly seen in the example of Latin America. Thus, according to LocalBitcoins, in recent weeks, significant growth was recorded in Chile, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Argentina, and in Mexico, which was also threatened by a trade war with the US, due to the uncontrolled flow of immigrants, trading volumes reached a new record level.

Also, a steady growth in the volume of transactions on LocalBitcoins is observed in Argentina, but over the past few months, the absolute record for the number of bitcoins sold in one day belongs to Brazil - according to CointraderMonitor, on April 10, platform users in this country made deals for 100,000 BTC.

In addition, in the first half of May, its own record for daily trading volume — more than $ 10 billion — was updated by the BitMEX derivatives exchange BitMEX, and already at the end of the month, the historical maximum for open contracts for Bitcoin futures was recorded at the Chicago Commodity Exchange (CME), which testifies to the growing interest of institutional investors.

CFTC to Approve LedgerX's Deliverable BTC Futures

At the same time, another platforms such as Bakkt, ErisX and Seed CX still awaiting regulatory approval
26 June 2019   63

Cryptocurrency derivatives provider LedgerX LLC has received a license from the Authorized Derivatives Market (DCM) from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which will allow it to launch the country's first bitcoin futures.

Deliveries for deliverable futures are made in the underlying asset, not in fiat funds. Thus, LedgerX outstripped the Bakkt, ErisX and Seed CX platforms, which are still awaiting regulatory approval.

At the same time, LedgerX intends to launch the Omni platform for trading options, swaps, and bitcoin futures for retail investors, since at the moment it does not see enough interest from institutional market participants.

However, it should be added that some experts have already expressed fears that the nature of the license received will not allow LedgerX to provide margin tools to customers, and Bakkt should have such functionality.

Recall about the intentions to obtain the appropriate permission and overtake competitors LedgerX said in April.