Seed CX Slashes Rates as Crypto Trading Fee War Looms

Cryptocurrency exchange Seed CX has cut its fees to gain market share as competition piles into the crypto trading space. Margin compression across the industry is the result that the most popular exchange services become commoditized as crypto usage proliferates. Fees for takers is down to five basis points from eight bps on the Seed Digital Commodities Market, while makers, who previously traded on the exchange for free, receive one bp rebate. In an interview, Seed CX co-founder Edward Woodford told CoinDesk that the fee cuts came on the heels of a…

Bitcoin Price (BTC) Trading Near Make-or-Break Levels

Bitcoin price is trading in a range below the $10,300 and $10,400 resistances against the US Dollar. The price is struggling to gain momentum above $10,300 and the 100 hourly SMA. There is a key breakout pattern forming with support near $10,200 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price could either rally above $10,400 or it might extend its decline towards the $9,900 support. Bitcoin price is trading below key resistances and hurdles against the US Dollar. BTC is likely to make the…

Crypto and the Latency Arms Race: Towards Speed Bumps and OTC Trading

Max Boonen is founder and CEO of crypto trading firm B2C2. This post is the first in a series of three that looks at high-frequency trading in the context of the evolution of crypto markets. Opinions expressed within are his own and do not reflect those of CoinDesk.  The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free weekly newsletter for institutional investors focused on crypto assets. You can sign up here. Matthew Trudeau, chief strategy officer of ErisX, offered a thoughtful response last month to a CoinDesk article about high-frequency trading in crypto. In short,…

Ethereum Price Weekly Forecast: ETH Trading Near Crucial Juncture

ETH price remained in a bearish zone and even tested the $180 support area against the US Dollar. The price is currently correcting higher, but it is facing hurdles near $192 and $195. There is a significant bearish trend line forming with resistance near $192 on the 4-hours chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). An upside break above $192 and $195 might trigger a solid recovery in the near term. Ethereum price is currently facing a strong resistance against the US Dollar and bitcoin. ETH remains at a risk…

Crypto Futures Exchange Deribit Launching Bulk Derivatives Trading

Deribit claims it’s becoming the first crypto futures and options exchange to provide large-volume trades of bitcoin and ether derivatives. The move comes via a partnership with institutional messaging service Paradigm, according to a BNN Bloomberg report on Thursday. Deribit’s CEO, John Jansen, reportedly said the new service will offer block trades with a minimum of 40 bitcoin and 800 ether for options contracts linked to those cryptocurrencies. Ten top crypto trading firms have already signed up to use the service, with Paradigm founder Anand Gomes naming QCP Capital in the report. According to…

Rakuten’s Crypto Exchange Has Launched for Trading in 3 Cryptos

  Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has launched its own exchange for crypto spot trading. Announced Monday, Rakuten Wallet has gone live for trading in bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH) and bitcoin cash (BCH) against the Japanese yen via an Android mobile app. An iOS app is due to be released in the future, though no set timeline was provided. The firm said customer funds held by the subsidiary will be managed separately from its own, under the eye of its trust company, Rakuten Trust, and through savings accounts at Rakuten Bank. Rakuten further…

Bitcoin in Tug of War Between Bulls and Bears as Trading Range Tightens

View Bitcoin has charted a narrowing price range over the last three days, neutralizing the immediate bullish setup. A bull revival needs a UTC close above Wednesday’s high of $12,145, according to a double inside bar pattern seen on the daily chart. The outlook would turn bearish if prices print a UTC close below Wednesday’s low of $11,388. The odds of a bearish UTC close would rise if BTC breaks lower from the contracting triangle seen on the intraday charts. Bitcoin (BTC) is witnessing indecisive price action for the third…

Crypto Derivatives Trading Platform FTX Raises $8 Million

FTX, a new cryptocurrency derivatives exchange and trading platform, has raised $8 million in a funding round led by blockchain-focused fund Proof of Capital, Consensus Lab, FBG and Galois Capital. Proof of Capital is a $50 million venture capital (VC) fund launched in April 2019 by partners from Horizons Ventures, Greylock Partners and 500 Startups, and backed by the likes of HTC and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen. The fund invests in early-stage blockchain startups with a focus on fintech, infrastructure, hardware and consumer products, and made one investment prior to…

Crypto Exchanges Are Benefiting from Algorithmic Trading: Here’s How

Matthew Trudeau is chief strategy officer at crypto asset exchange ErisX. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free newsletter for institutional investors interested in crypto assets. Sign up here. Recently CoinDesk published an article titled, ‘High Frequency Trading is Newest Battle Ground in Crypto Exchange Race’ that discusses trading venues offering direct connectivity to their matching engines. While ErisX has only recently launched its spot market, other crypto exchanges announced their intention to and/or began to enable trading firms…

Bitcoin Price (BTC) Trading Near Inflection Point After Recent Recovery

Bitcoin price started a decent upside correction after trading as low as $9,784 against the US Dollar. The price traded above the $10,500 and $10,800 resistance levels to start the recent recovery. Yesterday’s highlighted major bearish trend line was breached with resistance near $10,680 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The price is now facing a strong resistance near the $11,000 and $11,100 resistance levels. Bitcoin price started a strong recovery above $10,500 against the US Dollar. However, BTC is still struggling to settle…