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Highlights

State of Global Centralized Exchanges

Across 248 active centralized exchanges, global crypto volume is $5.61T, which is down -26.39% over the last month. The amount of transparent volume across centralized markets fell by -35.30% globally. Global centralized volume dominance is currently at 91% compared to the rest of the globe β€” a decrease over the last 30 days.

Volume (1mo)

$5.61T-26.39%

Gainers by Volume

1Bitbunch+$817.63B (275%)
2Bitspay+$60.22B (110%)

Transparent Vol.

30% $1.67T-35%
#Volume %% of TradesFiat CurrenciesCSV Data
110.00
$1.30T
23%
23.12%
A
1,146,094,924
66%
66%
2,481
AUD, BRL, EUR +8
28.80
$45.25B
1%
0.81%
A
84,404,064
5%
5%
643
EUR, GBP, USD
38.60
$263.18B
5%
4.69%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
25,864
KRW, USD
48.30
$195.35B
3%
3.48%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
644
EUR, USD
57.96
$28.24B
1%
0.50%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
147
USD
67.93
$46.27B
1%
0.82%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,737
BRL, EUR, GBP +4
77.83
$18.87B
<1%
0.34%
A
13,580,709
1%
1%
671
AED, AUD, CAD +5
87.82
$18.47B
<1%
0.33%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,597
BRL, EUR
97.82
$13.71B
<1%
0.24%
B
β€”
β€”
β€”
857
107.66
$49.36B
1%
0.88%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
2,577
117.61
$22.63B
<1%
0.40%
A
185,460,900
11%
11%
3,053
TRY, USD
127.38
$36.88B
1%
0.66%
A-
30,034,952
2%
2%
2,135
BRL, EUR, TRY
137.36
$185.47B
3%
3.30%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
722
BRL, USD
147.31
$11.76B
<1%
0.21%
A
4,818,673
<1%
<1%
400
BRL, CHF, CNY +7
157.28
$6.11B
<1%
0.11%
A-
13,077,176
1%
1%
723
EUR, GBP, JPY +2
167.14
$43.55B
1%
0.78%
A
108,980,695
6%
6%
1,786
177.13
$41.78B
1%
0.74%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
574
IDR, KRW, SGD
187.13
$2.25B
<1%
0.04%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
168
USD
197.12
$2.21B
<1%
0.04%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
26
JPY
207.10
$105.65B
2%
1.88%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
576
USD
216.99
$4.31B
<1%
0.08%
A
15,664,354
1%
1%
2,306
AUD, BRL, EUR +3
226.91
$4.44B
<1%
0.08%
A
9,310,808
1%
1%
179
EUR, JPY, USD
236.91
$53.50B
1%
0.95%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,839
246.91
$4.38B
<1%
0.08%
A
3,397,869
<1%
<1%
193
EUR, GBP, USD
256.90
$52.06B
1%
0.93%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,309
266.83
$171.80B
3%
3.06%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
157
276.81
$19.10B
<1%
0.34%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
663
EUR, KZT, TRY +2
286.78
$6.76B
<1%
0.12%
B
β€”
β€”
β€”
332
USD
296.73
$19.84B
<1%
0.35%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,133
EUR, GBP, JPY +5
306.68
$154.05M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
136
EUR, GBP, USD
316.68
$4.96B
<1%
0.09%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,467
BHD
326.68
$1.23B
<1%
0.02%
A
5,258,897
<1%
<1%
142
EUR, GBP, SGD +1
336.67
$23.03B
<1%
0.41%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,205
346.64
$7.70B
<1%
0.14%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
281
KRW
356.57
$1.13B
<1%
0.02%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
713
366.55
$1.07B
<1%
0.02%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
1
JPY
376.49
$23.21B
<1%
0.41%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,885
EUR, GBP, RUB +2
386.48
$2.47B
<1%
0.04%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
4,303
BHD, USD
396.46
$2.32B
<1%
0.04%
B
β€”
β€”
β€”
181
EUR
406.44
$19.28B
<1%
0.34%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,587
416.39
$2.46B
<1%
0.04%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
5,441
RUB, USD
426.38
$11.29B
<1%
0.20%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
426
USD
436.36
$2.97B
<1%
0.05%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
100
AUD, CAD, CHF +12
446.31
$3.35B
<1%
0.06%
A
12,478,104
1%
1%
1,545
KRW
456.27
$3.98B
<1%
0.07%
A
1,456,614
<1%
<1%
6
USD
466.25
$405.68M
<1%
0.01%
B
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,466
EUR, USD
476.22
$1.87B
<1%
0.03%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
2,063
486.15
$185.84M
<1%
0.00%
A
835,317
<1%
<1%
309
EUR, GBP, RUB +1
496.08
$2.01B
<1%
0.04%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
77,148
USD
506.04
$6.24B
<1%
0.11%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,052
516.02
$16.34B
<1%
0.29%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
288
USD
526.02
$323.51M
<1%
0.01%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
51
AUD, EUR, GBP +8
536.01
$2.89B
<1%
0.05%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,183
USD
545.96
$1.36B
<1%
0.02%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
278
EUR, GBP, KZT +5
555.92
$2.12B
<1%
0.04%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
240
KRW
565.83
$646.78M
<1%
0.01%
A
1,395,207
<1%
<1%
77
ARS, BRL, COP +2
575.83
$1.14B
<1%
0.02%
?
β€”
β€”
β€”
86
THB
585.83
$10.88B
<1%
0.19%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
637
595.80
$261.67M
<1%
0.00%
A
58,345
<1%
<1%
98
605.77
$229.62M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
12
EUR, SGD, USD
615.76
$225.67M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
262
IDR
625.74
$352.03M
<1%
0.01%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
148
EUR, SGD, USD
635.69
$506.21M
<1%
0.01%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
11
JPY
645.63
$241.37M
<1%
0.00%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,870
655.61
$106.51M
<1%
0.00%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
65
CHF, EUR, GBP +1
665.57
$1.06B
<1%
0.02%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,293
675.52
$371.55M
<1%
0.01%
?
β€”
β€”
β€”
760
EUR, RUB, USD
685.49
$26.89B
<1%
0.48%
?
β€”
β€”
β€”
419
BRL, EUR, GBP +3
695.42
$2.13B
<1%
0.04%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
104
TRY
705.33
$3.01B
<1%
0.05%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
174
TRY
715.30
$395.18M
<1%
0.01%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
138
AUD, NZD, SGD +1
725.29
$46.58M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
567
EUR, IDR, INR +6
735.26
$87.33M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,079
TRY
745.16
$311.95M
<1%
0.01%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
799
755.15
$301.73M
<1%
0.01%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
81
USD
765.15
$32.76B
1%
0.58%
A
15,629,161
1%
1%
167
ARS, BRL, CLP +2
775.15
$97.58M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
56
785.12
$356.39M
<1%
0.01%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
2,008
795.12
$41.77M
<1%
0.00%
A
285,966
<1%
<1%
73
AUD, BRL, EUR +1
805.11
$11.65B
<1%
0.21%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
351
815.09
$3.22B
<1%
0.06%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
776
USD
825.08
$1.07B
<1%
0.02%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
440
RUB, TRY
835.04
$87.28M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
5
KRW
845.02
$325.08M
<1%
0.01%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
169
INR
855.02
$438.30M
<1%
0.01%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
703
864.98
$709.24M
<1%
0.01%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
98
EUR, RUB, USD
874.98
$372.49M
<1%
0.01%
?
β€”
β€”
β€”
111
TWD
884.97
$4.06B
<1%
0.07%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
74
EUR
894.95
$62.44M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
208
AUD, GBP
904.92
$27.04M
<1%
0.00%
A+
46,364
<1%
<1%
553
BYN, EUR, GBP +3
914.85
$72.59M
<1%
0.00%
A
549,033
<1%
<1%
143
BRL
924.85
$26.53M
<1%
0.00%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
97
USD
934.84
$33.07M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
165
INR
944.83
$1.51B
<1%
0.03%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
56
TRY
954.81
$29.44M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
256
AUD, EUR, INR +1
964.81
$22.77M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
127
EUR
974.78
$26.75M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
30
JPY
984.77
$3.67B
<1%
0.07%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
141
994.77
$3.58B
<1%
0.06%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
502
1004.76
$1.12B
<1%
0.02%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
232
EUR
1014.74
$3.16B
<1%
0.06%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
13
USD
1024.71
$173.34M
<1%
0.00%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
61
JPY
1034.62
$367.95B
7%
6.55%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
206
1044.59
$742.15M
<1%
0.01%
A
1,317,240
<1%
<1%
82
AED, CAD, EUR +3
1054.58
$6.56M
<1%
0.00%
A
90,612
<1%
<1%
661
AUD, CNY, EUR +7
1064.57
$180.65M
<1%
0.00%
?
β€”
β€”
β€”
282
EUR, TRY, UAH +1
1074.53
$64.38M
<1%
0.00%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
35
CAD
1084.52
$282.63M
<1%
0.01%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
1
JPY
1094.52
$792.65M
<1%
0.01%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
315
1104.50
$732.49M
<1%
0.01%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
569
1114.47
$118.86M
<1%
0.00%
?
β€”
β€”
β€”
42
AUD
1124.44
$2.60B
<1%
0.05%
B
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,233
1134.43
$368.85M
<1%
0.01%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
132
1144.35
$763.08M
<1%
0.01%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
419
1154.35
$40.13M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
187
BRL, TRY, USD
1164.33
$172.51M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
837
BRL, EUR, GBP +5
1174.31
$7.91B
<1%
0.14%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
33
1184.31
$3.13B
<1%
0.06%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
525
1194.25
$1.50B
<1%
0.03%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
253
MYR, SGD, USD
1204.23
$9.24M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
20
RUB, UAH
1214.23
$9.06M
<1%
0.00%
A
71,103
<1%
<1%
39
EUR, GBP
1224.19
$67.82M
<1%
0.00%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
57
TWD
1234.18
$3.12M
<1%
0.00%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
201
EUR, GBP, USD
1244.16
$990.93M
<1%
0.02%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
101
USD
1254.14
$6.47M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
39
USD
1264.13
$864.97M
<1%
0.02%
?
β€”
β€”
β€”
373
1274.12
$117.88B
2%
2.10%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
701
1284.10
$34.62M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
155
1294.09
$314.61M
<1%
0.01%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
89
1304.08
$2.32B
<1%
0.04%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,821
USD
1314.01
$1.07B
<1%
0.02%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
132
1324.00
$22.50M
<1%
0.00%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
112
AUD, EUR, GBP +1
1333.97
$124.31M
<1%
0.00%
A
430,874
<1%
<1%
937
1343.93
$103.15M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
288
BRL, EUR
1353.90
$263.04M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
504
1363.86
$4.77B
<1%
0.09%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
9
USD
1373.84
$444.53M
<1%
0.01%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
43
USD
1383.84
$72.80B
1%
1.30%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
101
1393.81
$3.43B
<1%
0.06%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
151
INR
1403.79
$1.39M
<1%
0.00%
?
β€”
β€”
β€”
772
EUR, RUB, USD
1413.77
$49.30M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
921
KRW
1423.74
$1.45B
<1%
0.03%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
152
1433.71
$2.47M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
1
EUR
1443.67
$4.27M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
76
CHF, EUR, GBP +4
1453.65
$272,620
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
1,306
CNY, EUR, JPY +2
1463.64
$2.11B
<1%
0.04%
C
β€”
β€”
β€”
75
1473.59
$56.47M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
12
1483.58
$4.99M
<1%
0.00%
?
β€”
β€”
β€”
366
CAD, CHF, CZK +17
1493.56
$338.90M
<1%
0.01%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
539
1503.52
$84.81M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
17
USD
1513.49
$43,597
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
51
EUR, USD
1523.47
$202.12M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
308
TRY
1533.45
$15.11M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
484
1543.42
$957,806
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
806
USD
1553.42
$571.48M
<1%
0.01%
A+
7,935,915
<1%
<1%
23
1563.40
$327.67M
<1%
0.01%
?
β€”
β€”
β€”
238
ARS, USD
1573.38
$127.99M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
18
USD
1583.35
$49.29M
<1%
0.00%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
170
EUR, IDR
1593.30
$463.57M
<1%
0.01%
D
β€”
β€”
β€”
61
EUR, RUB, USD
1603.30
$184.25M
<1%
0.00%
?
β€”
β€”
β€”
235
USD
1613.29
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a cryptocurrency exchange?

    A cryptocurrency exchange is a trading venue that allows its clients to buy, sell (and sometimes store) digital currencies. Cryptocurrency exchanges are online platforms (digital marketplaces) where traders can exchange cryptocurrencies for other cryptocurrencies or fiat money (like the USD or Euro). The process of exchange is usually based on the market value of the particular asset. However, exchanges can differ in their pricing process. For example – some may provide a flat rate but charge additional fees depending on the preferred payment method, while others may provide a total sum that has everything included (rate, trading fee, payment fee, and others).

    Cryptocurrency exchanges are very similar to traditional stock exchanges. For example, buyers and sellers can place limit orders or market orders, and the brokering process works the same way it would with any other type of asset. When a market order is selected, for example, the trader authorizes the platform to take care of his coins and find the best possible price to execute the trade at. With a limit order, on the other hand, the trader instructs the exchange to jump into a trade only if the price is below the ask or above the bid (depending on whether they are selling or buying), at the particular moment. The cryptocurrency exchange serves as an intermediary that helps with the order matching and fulfillment and collects fees. However, at the same time, cryptocurrency exchanges have some core differences, when compared to traditional exchanges. For example – the majority of cryptocurrency trading venues are unregulated.

    There are two main types of cryptocurrency exchanges – centralized (CEX) and decentralized (DEX). The idea of centralization refers to having a middle man (the exchange operator) who helps conduct transactions. This means there is one central authority that governs the whole process, much like traditional stock exchanges. This type of setup is widespread also within other financial institutions like banks and brokerage companies. In general, the buyers and sellers trust the exchange operator to take care of the trades' execution and fulfillment. Decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges, on the other hand, have no authority to control them. They are an alternative that cuts out the middlemen and creates a β€œtrustless” environment, based on smart contracts. The idea behind decentralized exchanges is to serve as a P2P (peer-to-peer) trading venue.

    Apart from CEXs and DEXs, however, there are also websites that are not cryptocurrency exchanges, such as https://localbitcoins.com/ which also allow users to buy and sell digital assets. However, if you want to take advantage of professional trading tools and high liquidity, it is always better to choose between some of the leading cryptocurrency exchange service providers.

    To engage in trading on a centralized exchange, in most cases, a user has to go through a series of verification procedures to authenticate their identity. That is because most of the leading centralized digital asset exchanges adhere to KYC and AML policies. What this means is that the users are required to submit personal details and scanned documents that can verify their identities, such as government-issued ID or Passport, address (and a utility bill that confirms it), telephone number, email, and others. Although this goes against one of the core ideas of cryptocurrencies, in the face of anonymity, it ensures better protection of users’ funds and a higher level of security. Once the authentication is successful (the time needed for identity verification depends according to the policy of each exchange, but most of the time is within 24 and 72 hours), an account is opened, and the user can fund his account and start trading. Regarding account deposits, it is worth noting that different exchanges support different payment methods. Some support direct bank or wire transfers, while others allow for using credit and debit cards. Those types of cryptocurrency trading venues are known as entry-level exchanges. Some exchanges, however, require the account deposits to be in cryptocurrencies.

    Although cryptocurrency exchanges had been around since the early 2000s with the birth of the first digital currencies (like E-gold), they became popular with the rise of Bitcoin and the following increased interest in the digital asset class. At the time of this writing, there are hundreds of cryptocurrency exchanges listed on Nomics. In reality, digital asset trading venues pop up almost daily. While some fail along the road, the overall number of cryptocurrency exchanges follows a positive trend.

  • What is the best cryptocurrency exchange?

    This is, probably, the most common question when it comes to cryptocurrency trading. The biggest issue with cryptocurrency exchanges is how to find a service provider that is secure, credible, and transparent. In the years since the introduction of Bitcoin, there have been numerous cases of cryptocurrency exchange businesses that have closed shops due to internal or external reasons. Some have suffered from massive hacker attacks, while others ended up being scam schemes. In most cases, those who were affected the most were the traders who ended up losing their funds. Reports point out that more than $1.7 billion were stolen from exchanges in 2018 alone.

    That is why choosing a cryptocurrency exchange to execute your trades on is such an important matter. Although, nowadays, the number of active cryptocurrency exchanges is rising exponentially, the issue with finding a reliable service provider still remains.

    To help you find out what is the best cryptocurrency exchange to serve your needs, here are five things to look for:

    1. History

    The first thing to look for is the exchange’s history. Go as far back as possible to find out whether the platform had been involved in some shady business activities. Try to understand as much as possible about the background of the founders and the operating company. Sometimes, the operating entity is covered in secrecy or hidden behind circles of other companies, just like the cases with C2CX and GDAC.

    Bear in mind that obtaining the complete history for an exchange often is a tough task. There are lots of service providers that share very limited information or even try to cover their tracks intentionally. Let’s take BTCsquare or Livecoin, for example – the cryptocurrency exchanges don’t share anything related to their founders, operating company, or official address. This often is a red flag, so make sure to stay away from such service providers.

    Another essential thing is to try finding out whether the particular exchange had been subject to hacker attacks or governmental investigations. If it had been investigated or compromised, analyze what the exchange’s response was and how it navigated the situation. This can be either an alarming or a positive sign. For example, although Nova Exchange suffered a hacker attack, it faced the problem publicly and notified all its users immediately, which helped mitigate the consequences. The platform also went on to help other victims of hacker attacks like the token projects from the failed Cryptopia, by listing them for free. Alternatively, let’s look at Zaif, for instance – although the exchange was hacked, it made everything possible to compensate its clients for the suffered losses and worked in close cooperation with local authorities to track the cybercriminals. Some of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges like Binance and Bitstamp have also been hacked. However, this didn’t stop them from becoming leaders in the industry. On the other hand, trading platforms like Coincheck found it hard to recover from the security breaches they suffered. In a nutshell – try to learn as much as possible about the exchange’s history of security issues, and more importantly, how it reacted in crisis situations. This can serve as a good indication for its plans, reliability, and attitude towards its user base.

    2. Transparency

    Think of this, also like the way the exchange treats you, as a potential client. Does it find it necessary to reveal important details that may help you make an informed decision? Does it face the public openly by stating who runs it, and what are their long-term plans? Does it have a solid media appearance or just paid PR articles? Are there any questions that remain unanswered after going through all the information on the platform’s website?

    At Nomics, we say that β€œTransparency must be trustless.” That is why we have created our Transparency Rating system, which helps users distinguish the exchanges that are open to the public, from those covered in secrecy (examples of exchanges with the highest transparency rating on Nomics are Binance, Coinbase, and others). However, many cryptocurrency trading platforms fall in the second category. To avoid falling for scam schemes or unethical service providers, make sure to focus on the information coming directly from the exchange. You can start with the β€œTerms and Conditions”, for example. We have reported about several exchanges (OOOBTC, BTCBox, and others) that copy their terms directly from one another without changing even a slight bit of the information. However, this is not the worst case. Bitbegin, for example, has a clause in its terms page that requires the client to pay them β€œat least $1 million in compensation” should they breach the agreement. JEX has a similar clause, but the compensation there is estimated at β€œat least $2 million.” Considering the fact that most of the time, these agreements are very general, written in poor English, thus a subject to wide speculation, users can often end up owing the exchange compensations. Do your best to stay away from such platforms.

    Another good thing to do is to get familiar with the feedback from the exchanges’ existing clients as this is the most accurate and objective way to tell whether the particular service provider is reliable. A good starting point is the user-generated exchange reviews available on our platform. Take Binance or Kraken’s pages, for example. Plenty of users describe their experience with the platforms and openly admit if they have had some issues as well. Also, make sure to check Bitcointalk, Reddit, and Trustpilot to find out whether there are unsatisfied customers and what they are most often frustrated about. If the exchange lists ICO tokens, try to find out what is the feedback from the project owners. In the case of Tradesatoshi, for example, thanks to information from the teams running projects, listed there, the exchange was exposed to doing unethical practices like delisting, without prior notice, and stealing the tokens, left in the platform.

    Bear in mind that the reliable cryptocurrency exchange won’t hesitate to provide information about its official address, working hours and the team behind the platform. That is its way to say that it is open to communication and is willing to assist you in case you need so. Unfortunately, the majority of the platforms avoid providing such information. On the other hand, they often request from you to adhere to their KYC procedures and provide sensitive personal information such as a copy of ID or a Passport, official address, telephone number, etc. Make sure to avoid registering for platforms which don’t find it necessary to be fully transparent with their clients, while at the same time request the same from you.

    3. Security

    Security is the biggest pain point when it comes to cryptocurrency exchange businesses. While no platform is completely immune to hacks or security breaches, some are safer than others or at least try their best to protect their clients.

    When searching for the best cryptocurrency exchange to trade on, try to find out as much as possible about the employed security measures. Bear in mind that the most widely adopted protection is two-factor authentication, so it is safe to say that it is the industry minimum. However, a big number of the platforms don’t go past that, which is the reason why, in recent years, many clients have lost their funds.

    Don’t forget that even the most secure platforms can’t ensure 100% protection of your funds if you don’t help them. The easiest way to do that is to ensure the safe storage of your coins by keeping them in an offline (cold) wallet. Many investors underestimate the importance of this and keep their coins in hot wallets, integrated into the exchanges’ websites. Although most of the platforms migrate the majority of the funds from users’ accounts to offline wallets, they usually keep 5% to 10% online, as capital buffers for immediate transactions. However, don’t forget that it is always better to rely on yourself, rather than the service provider.

    4. Liquidity

    One of the key selling points of cryptocurrency exchanges is the trading volume they generate. Generally speaking, the higher the levels of trading volume, the lower the volatility and the risk for market manipulation that is likely to take place on the exchange. That is the main reason why shady cryptocurrency exchanges often provide false information regarding their trading volume. We have already discussed the problem with fake liquidity present within the majority of trading platforms and how it affects their clients. In fact, that is the main reason why we created the Transparency Rating system. That way, our audience can easily find out which exchanges provide real data and which remain in the shadows.

    So, what risks does an investor face when using a low-liquidity exchange? First of all, there is the risk of price instabilities. Next, the investor risks missing a key trading opportunity due to the lack of buyers or sellers. You can find out more about this on forums like Reddit and Bitcointalk, where clients of shady exchange service providers report about placing orders that are left pending for days.

    Here we should also mention volatility as another crucial consideration. Because of the time it takes for transactions to be completed, the price of a given coin can change between the time the transaction is initiated and the time it is finalized. The higher the trading volume and the faster the transaction can be processed, the less likely it is for such a fluctuation to occur.

    5. Trading features & fees

    Of course, traders should also base their choice on the features that the exchange provides. For example – traded markets, supported payment methods, charting tools, identity verification requirements, platform usability and accessibility, geographical restrictions, etc.

    Let’s start with traded markets. Some cryptocurrency exchanges (Coinbase included) are focused on offering only leading coins. Others, on the other hand, operate in the niche of more exotic altcoins, listing upcoming tokens. However, most of the biggest exchanges offer a variety of digital assets, which grants flexibility.

    When it comes to the supported trading methods, it is worth noting that some cryptocurrency exchanges (known as β€œentry-level”) support fiat deposits, while others offer only cryptocurrency deposits. Entry-level platforms usually support various methods such as bank transfers, credit and debit cards, gift cards, PayPal, and so on. If you choose to fund your account via a wire transfer, you should know that the procedure is quite slow and will take several days to complete. Credit and debit card account funding, on the other hand, happens instantly. However, it is usually associated with higher fees (up to 5%) and requires identity verification.

    If you are an advanced trader who aims at using professional trading tools, then you should get familiar with the trading features, offered by the exchange. Many platforms provide simple functionalities like buying and selling, without even supporting basic charting tools. However, if your trading strategy employs multiple indicators and hand-picked trading mechanics, then you should choose one of the more advanced exchange service providers (or use third-party software for charting).

    It is also a good idea to analyze the exchange’s usability. The good user interface and smooth user experience usually are signs of a well-developed platform. If you plan to trade on the go, then make sure to find a platform that has a fully-functional mobile app.

    Some exchanges also impose restrictions depending on the users’ location. Most of the platforms have a list of high-risk countries that they don’t operate on. However, although the majority of the platforms try to expand their operations worldwide, at the time of this writing, most of them serve local markets (US, EU, Asia, etc.). Often is the case when some European or Asian cryptocurrency exchanges don’t serve US clients due to the strict regulatory landscape in the country. Yet, when it comes to geographical restrictions, the biggest service providers are usually the best choices, as they are usually open to clients from all around the world (aside from the high-risk markets).

    Here we should also mention the platforms’ fee policy. Most cryptocurrency exchanges should have fee-related information on their websites. Before setting up an account, make sure to get familiar with the deposit, withdrawal, and transaction fee structure. For example, when it comes to account funding, most individuals prefer wire transfers as they are cheaper, although a bit slower. For those who want to start trading instantaneously, most exchanges offer support for credit/debit cards. However, in this case, the general principle is that you will be charged a higher fee (up to 5%). When it comes to trading fees, it is worth noting that most exchanges employ a maker-taker model. A maker fee is paid when the user generates liquidity (places a limit order), while a taker fee is paid when the trader removes liquidity (places a market order). Fees are usually a proportion of the transaction and can range from 0.1% up to 0.5%. However, in some instances, the transaction fees can be lowered. Clients who generate higher trading volumes enjoy lower fees, while some exchanges, like Binance, for example, offer fee reduction for the holders of their token.

    So last, but not least – don’t forget about customer support. This is one of the things that many service providers struggle with, and users often report about. Make sure to use a platform that supports several communication channels such as email, live chat, telephone, social media, and so on. Bear in mind that unresponsive customer support is a common thing and in cases where a user can’t see his funds in the account, it can be very stressing.

    The good thing today is that the cryptocurrency exchange niche isn’t the Wild West that it used to be, a few years back. Today, there is plenty of information to help you find the perfect service provider, according to your needs – just follow the steps mentioned above, and you will be in safe hands.

  • How to exchange larger amounts of cryptocurrency?

    Cryptocurrency exchanges usually restrict investors who want to trade larger amounts of cryptocurrency via the conventional way. They do so because, currently, although on the rise, the trading volume on most cryptocurrency trading platforms still remains relatively low, when compared to traditional FX and stock markets. Due to the low trading volume, investors who want to place large orders (also known as β€œwhales”) can significantly affect the price of a particular digital asset. This is harmful to the market and the trader, himself, as the price of the instrument can be moved even before the trade is completed (this is also known as β€œslippage”). Aside from that, exchanges might need to divide the big order into a few smaller ones, which can end up executed at different prices and at different times. So, in situations, where the value of the order placed is relatively significant to the amount of the daily trading volume, generated on the particular exchange, the investor is required to find another way of executing his trades.

    So, when is an order considered a β€œbig” one? Hedge funds, high-net-worth individuals, and wealth management companies, for example, often trade millions worth of cryptocurrencies at once. However, traditional cryptocurrency exchanges offer OTC trading services to investors who want to trade over $100,000 worth of cryptocurrencies.

    The most preferred way to exchange larger amounts of cryptocurrency is through an OTC desk (over-the-counter). The OTC trading process mechanics is based on big chunks of buy and sell orders known as block trades. What OTC desks do is find buyers and sellers with significant portfolios and pair them together to conduct a trade. That way, the parties can fulfill their trades at once and at a fixed price, without affecting the trading process for smaller investors on the exchange. Another benefit that OTC trading provides is shorter withdrawal times. Instead of having to wait for a few days, traders can withdraw at once and, in most cases, within 24 hours.

    There are several ways for one to get involved in OTC trading, such as via an electronic chat, telephone, and cryptocurrency ATMs. Traders prefer these ways due to anonymity, as the trades aren’t audited or reported to external agencies. However, a big part of the OTC trading activity takes place on cryptocurrency exchanges, as well. Some platforms like Binance, Coinbase, and Kraken, for example, provide such a service. To benefit from it, the investor should set up an account and pass an identity verification, in accordance with the KYC and AML policies, adopted by the particular exchange. Once the account is successfully established, the trader can proceed with requesting a quote. The OTC desk will then try to find a match for the quote. If it can’t find a match, it gets back to the trader with other terms, similar to his. Once both parties agree on a price, the trade is executed.

  • What crypto exchange data do I need for taxes?

    As you may, or may not know, depending on your country of residence, you may be required to pay taxes on your cryptocurrency investments. Although some countries may not consider cryptocurrency investments as taxable, under most jurisdictions, you are required to pay taxes on your returns from investing in digital assets. In the US, for example, no matter whether you collect mined or forked coins, or exchange crypto-for-crypto or crypto-for-fiat (except buying crypto with fiat), your transactions should be reported to the IRS, which defines cryptocurrencies as property. This means that everything you buy with digital coins will be taxed as a short- or long-term capital gain, depending on the holding period. So, yes, even the coffee you bought this morning with Bitcoins qualifies here.

    To comply with the law, you should keep records of your transactions, including all buy and sell orders and overall portfolio performance. As a rule of thumb – the more data you store, the better prepared you are. However, for residents of the US, the most important thing here is always to be prepared with information about the base price of the cryptocurrency you are selling, especially when you are cashing out crypto for fiat money.

    If you are selling cryptocurrencies that you have mined yourself, the profit made is taxed as business income. Now about the case with the cup of coffee you bought with BTC. It is essential to keep records of the price of the coin at the time of purchase as, later on, when the time for dealing with the taxes comes, the transaction will be denominated according to the current price of the digital asset. The case is quite the same with crypto-to-crypto transactions. If you are buying Ripple with Bitcoin, you have to report the difference in the price of the asset you are selling (Bitcoin) at the time when you have bought it and when you have spent it on Ripple. Once you buy the new coin, you should record its price and keep it for the time you sell it when you will have to go through the same situation.

    The concept of cryptocurrency investment accounting may appear somewhat too complicated for non-accountants, which is understandable. One of the main reasons for that is the continuing lack of a focused effort from national tax authorities around the globe to issue detailed guidance on the treatment of digital currencies. In a chaotic situation like this, the most important thing to do, to keep yourself away from trouble with authorities, is to keep records of all cryptocurrency transactions that you are involved in. Most cryptocurrency exchanges help organize this by offering convenient trading data exports for free. Once you download all your transaction information, you can reach out to a professional accountant or seek assistance from traders that are more experienced in dealing with taxes to help you determine what you owe. It is advisable to do so, at least the first time you are filing your tax form, to avoid risks of missing crucial information or misrepresenting your taxable trading activity.

  • What cryptocurrency exchanges accept USD?

    Nomics lists many cryptocurrency exchanges that support USD trading pairs. You can buy crypto with USD on Binance, Coinbase, OKX, Bybit, Gate.io, Kraken, and many other exchanges.

  • How to start a cryptocurrency exchange

    In recent years, we’ve witnessed a significant increase in the number of active cryptocurrency exchanges. There are two main reasons for this – 1) the market is growing, and there is massive potential, and 2) it is easy to launch a cryptocurrency exchange. Let’s focus on the latter and analyze the process behind starting a cryptocurrency trading platform.

    In terms of technology, there are three main options that you may choose from when launching a cryptocurrency exchange:

    Build the platform from scratch

    Like any other software, this option guarantees a 100% propriety platform and grants you full control over its development and maintenance. However, it also comes at higher costs as you will have to hire an entire team of developers, designers, and consultants to take care of the security features, KYC procedures, payment processing services, etc. Bear in mind that currently, there is a shortage of blockchain developers, and you should have to set aside a higher budget to attract skilled professionals.

    The most important thing here is to perform an excellent initial analysis and try to estimate the total cost and length of the project. Building a platform from scratch is associated with constant development, maintenance, and upgrades, which will require an additional budget. Depending on your budget and the expertise of the team, the project may take 1-2 years or more to be concluded. Try to picture what the situation in the niche will be after that period and whether it will still offer the same profit opportunities.

    Open-source technology

    There are plenty of resources online in places like GitHub and other forums that provide open-source cryptocurrency exchange scripts. They grant a significant advantage as you get a solid technological base to get things going at a zero initial investment. Because the source code is free, however, it is essential to get your programming team to inspect it and improve it. They will also be able to add customizations and build new features. Overall, this way of working saves time and resources.

    However, it is worth noting that, due to their nature, open-source scripts can end up being less secure, with plenty of bugs, and even malicious code to serve as a backdoor. That is why it is imperative to ensure that there are security experts and experienced developers to inspect it.

    White label software solutions

    There are also several options for white label solutions that you can use to kickstart your cryptocurrency exchange. The good thing about them is that they are proven to work and provide you with the flexibility to add modules, customize existing features, develop new functionalities, implement new languages and supported currencies, etc. White label solutions provide a solid foundation, consisting of a tested trade engine, wallet, admin panel, UI, charting features, third-party integrations, etc. The rest is up to you to tailor it according to the individual characteristics of your brand.

    White label solutions save you the trouble of having to deal with technical execution and ongoing maintenance. You also don’t have to pay for a new license as the system already has one. Bear in mind that a proper working exchange software usually is a combination of several modules and elements (trade engine, wallet, payment processing, etc.) that should work in perfect harmony. That is why using a time-tested solution often is the preferred choice.

    However, starting a cryptocurrency exchange is not only about figuring out the right technology. Another essential thing that you should also consider is where to do business. The truth is that the regulatory world doesn’t have a middle ground. While many countries ban cryptocurrency-related companies from operating on their territories, several much more liberal jurisdictions have made attracting cryptocurrency exchange projects the core of their strategic development. Malta, for example, is one of the countries with the best environment for launching a cryptocurrency exchange business. It has a dedicated portal that makes it easy to get familiar with the business climate there and helps navigate the whole process. The welcoming environment in Malta has led to a highly positive impact as the country became the home of several cryptocurrency exchanges.

    When choosing where to do business, make sure to figure out whether you are planning to operate locally or globally. Also, get familiar with the country-specific policies (KYC, AML). Before setting up your plan and to avoid missing crucial information, make sure to seek legal counsel that will help you get familiar with the regulatory environment within the country where you plan to set up the exchange. Bear in mind that you should get licensed not only by local authorities but also by the jurisdictions where you plan to conduct business.

    Of course, starting a cryptocurrency exchange requires additional considerations such as finding funding, organizing the operational structure, maintaining adequate customer support, dealing with third-party service providers, building liquidity, and so on. Yet, if you figure out the technology to power your exchange, as well as where to start your business, the rest will come naturally.

  • How to exchange cryptocurrency for cash (fiat), including USD

    One of the things that interest cryptocurrency beginners the most is how can they exchange their digital coins for fiat (USD, EUR, GBP, etc.). Answering this question, however, depends on the type of cryptocurrency that you would like to exchange for fiat. If you have a portfolio of altcoins, then the best way to proceed is to sell them for a more popular cryptocurrency. After you have sold your exotic coins for one of the leading cryptocurrencies, you will have more options. Here are the five most popular ways to turn your cryptocurrency in fiat:

    1. Exchange cryptocurrency for fiat via an exchange

    This is the most popular way as most of the leading centralized cryptocurrency exchanges allow you to exchange crypto for fiat in a simple and straightforward procedure. Exchanges that allow for purchasing crypto with fiat are referred to as On-Ramps. Coinbase, Gemini, Bitstamp, Kraken, and many others support fiat transactions. All you have to do is link a preferred payment method, such as a bank account, a PayPal or else, that you can use for fiat funding and withdrawals. Bear in mind that if you want to cash out, most crypto exchanges require you to be compliant with their KYC and AML policies. Aside from that, some exchanges have withdrawal limits or withdrawal fees that you should take into account.

    Keep in mind that transfers to bank accounts take several days, but usually no more than a week. That is why, if you need to have your cash quickly, it is a better idea to consider one of the next options.

    2. Exchange cryptocurrency for fiat via P2P websites

    The next option is P2P platforms like www.localbitcoins.com. What they do is to match buyers and sellers and let them post their own bid and ask prices.

    You wonder how does the exchange happen and whether there is any risk of selling your coins without receiving the payment? Don’t worry – the website adopts an escrow service that eradicates the risk of getting scammed. Aside from that, before getting into a trade, you will be able to get familiar with its terms and conditions (when and how will you receive your fiat payment).

    Once both parties agree on the transaction terms, the cryptocurrency you are selling will be transferred to the platform’s escrow account. The buyer will release the agreed amount of fiat in the same way. Once you receive the payment, you confirm to LocalBitcoins.com that it is all good, and the crypto is then released to the buyer.

    Some use the mentioned P2P platforms to arrange meetings with buyers/sellers in person, where they can fulfill the exchange face-to-face. Although this helps you avoid paying the platform’s fees, it increases the risk of getting robbed or scammed, so be careful with such an option.

    3. Exchange cryptocurrency for fiat via an ATM

    If you happen to live in a city that has a crypto ATM, then you have another easy option to take advantage of. Bitcoin ATMs are convenient ways to convert crypto to fiat. The major downside is that they charge relatively higher fees when compared to exchanges or P2P marketplaces.

    Cryptocurrency ATMs usually work the same way as traditional ATMs. The difference here is that once you enter the amount you want to exchange for cash, you will be provided with a wallet address to transfer the cryptocurrency to. After you finish the transaction, the ATM will release the cash. If the transaction takes too long to be completed, you will be provided with a redemption code that you can use and get your cash from the ATM later.

    It is worth noting that the exchange of bigger sums at some ATMs may require ID verification.

    The good thing with cryptocurrency ATMs is that their popularity is increasing continuously, and they are becoming widely accessible (check the graph about the growth in the number of ATMs worldwide). New Bitcoin ATMs are launched literally every day. If you want to find out where is the closest crypto ATM to you, check here. The website provides information about the ATM’s operator, the fees that it charges as well as the supported cryptocurrencies and withdrawal limits.

    4. Exchange cryptocurrency for fiat via a cryptocurrency debit card

    Cryptocurrency debit cards are similar to traditional debit cards. All you have to do is to top up your account with a cryptocurrency of your choice, and you will then be able to convert it into USD or another currency easily. Crypto debit cards offer numerous advantages - instant conversion from crypto to fiat, lower commission fees, accessibility that allows you to use them at ATMs or PoS systems at retailers to purchase goods and services, etc.

    Bear in mind that cryptocurrency debit cards are not yet supported in all countries. If you are using a debit card in a country that is not supported, you will have to pay an additional fee for FX conversion.

    Aside from that, getting a debit card requires identity verification that includes submission of government-issued ID, proof of address, and other personal details that are usually collected from KYC-compliant service providers.

    It is worth mentioning also that getting a cryptocurrency debit card initially usually takes a bit longer when compared to the time it takes to exchange crypto for fiat via an exchange or a P2P marketplace. Crypto debit cards also have limits on how much you can withdraw. The good thing here, though, is that you can increase the limits by passing through a stricter verification procedure.

    5. Take out a loan instead of selling your coins

    Another option worth considering is loaning out your cryptocurrencies. This works the same way as a mortgage scheme. You put your crypto as collateral and get fiat for it. Then you proceed to pay back the way you do with traditional loans. Your coins are kept under the rules of a smart contract that guarantees their safe storage.

    Cryptocurrency loans are becoming increasingly popular due to the flexibility they provide. They are also preferred as they allow you to avoid a taxable event (a sell of crypto) but still take advantage of fiat money whenever you need it. Aside from that, you won’t have to go through all the buying and selling once you decide to get back in cryptocurrency investments, as the coins will remain your property. That way you will save time and avoid paying fees should you decide to buy crypto in the future.

    One of the most popular cryptocurrency loan services is Nexo.io. It allows clients to set up an insured account and borrow more than 40 fiat currencies.

  • How to get a new cryptocurrency listed on an exchange

    The main goal of new token projects is to get listed on a major cryptocurrency exchange, as this increases their market potential significantly. But not every exchange can shoot token projects in the stars. Getting listed on a leading platform with high liquidity and fiat on/off ramps support compared to a not-so-popular crypto-to-crypto exchange can result in a difference of millions of clients. The truth is that even projects with the highest potential may fail to live up to it if they can’t reach a wider audience. That is why the competition among token projects to get listed on one of the top crypto exchanges worldwide is so fierce.

    So, what should you do to get a new cryptocurrency listed on an exchange? The straightforward answer to this question is that it varies depending on where you want to get your project listed. Different exchanges have different terms for including new tokens. That is why the best thing to do is to get familiar with the requirements of each of your preferred exchanges and to approach the platforms one-by-one.

    Although the requirement of the separate trading venues may vary, the procedure that you must follow is pretty much the same for all of the leading exchanges. It can be summarized in the following key steps:

    1. Choose an exchange and apply

    The first obvious step is to choose the exchange you want to get featured on. Most project owners usually aim at the top-level platforms, which is understandable, considering the skyrocket effect they can have on a particular cryptocurrency if it gets listed. However, there are a few th