Bitfinex is the Most Liquid Exchange Based on Order Book Depth, According to Research from The Block

ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands, April 9 2020 – Bitfinex, a state-of-the-art digital asset trading platform, has the most liquid bitcoin and Ethereum pairs, based upon order book depth analysis by specialist blockchain and crypto news outlet The Block.

While trading volume is a headline figure showcased by many cryptocurrency exchanges, the level of liquidity offers a far more valuable insight into the quality of trade execution and transaction costs, particularly in the turbulent conditions that have characterised recent cryptocurrency markets. High liquidity provides traders with tighter spreads and lower slippage.

The Block’s research, which analyzed the order book depth for US Dollar pairs for bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP on 21 leading cryptocurrency exchanges, found that Bitfinex has by far the most liquid bitcoin pair with combined orders of $60 million. Furthermore, Bitfinex was found to have the most liquid Ethereum pair, with combined orders of $12.6 million.

 

“When high-volatility happens, as was the case on March 12/13 when the price of Bitcoin plunged by 50 percent, Bitfinex’s order book liquidity demonstrates its true power,” said Paolo Ardoino, CTO at Bitfinex. “On crypto exchanges, volume can be made by market makers that all quote small sizes near the top of the book. Liquidity is much more precious and harder to replicate. In this regard, Bitfinex is king.”

The crypto market crash on March 12/13 saw daily volumes hit $75.9 billion in a single day (March 13), representing the single greatest daily volume recorded in crypto asset history, according to research by CryptoCompare, a specialist provider of market data in the digital asset space. Bitfinex’s position as the go-to place to trade, providing genuine liquidity, was most apparent during the first hour of bitcoin’s massive 50 per cent price drop, according to CryptoCompare. Among top-tier exchanges excluding Coinbase, OKEx and Bitstamp, “between 10:40 am and 11 am, it represented 40 percent of volume on average among these exchanges,” the report found. During the brief period, Bitfinex was handling up to $11.8 million worth of trades per minute.

Bitfinex is leveraging its position as a one-stop-shop for crypto trading, offering a variety of services, including margin trading with up to 5x leverage. The exchange also offers users access to a separate, perpetual swap contract offering 100x leverage through its affiliate, iFinex Financial Technologies Limited.

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About Bitfinex

Founded in 2012, Bitfinex is a digital asset trading platform offering state-of-the-art services for digital token traders and global liquidity providers. In addition to a suite of advanced trading features and charting tools, Bitfinex provides access to peer-to-peer financing, an OTC market and financed trading for a wide selection of digital assets. Bitfinex’s strategy focuses on providing unparalleled support, tools, and innovation for experienced traders and liquidity providers around the world. Visit bitfinex to learn more.

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