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The Many Unanswered Questions about BitMEX

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As most crypto exchanges are having a hard time retaining business, BitMEX is posting record profits that are yet to be declared but will be highlighted below. Looking at the recent analysis of Coinbase, we find that the popular American exchange is having a hard time maintaining a customer base during a bear market. The exchange has experienced a plunge in the volume of 83% since the highs of December and January.

According to recent reports, Coinbase’s volume in July was around $3.9 Billion in trades as compared to $21 Billion back in January during the crypto bull run.

The only exchange that has partially survived the bear market from the above report is Binance. The exchange’s numbers in July stood at $11.3 Billion in July and those of OKEx reaching levels of $2.9 Billion. We can blame the general decline in trade volume on regulatory uncertainty, constant FUD, ETF blues as well as a natural market decline after an impressive rally.

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BitMEX was launched in 2014 but did not become popular in the crypto-verse up until around June this year, when traders realized they could make a killing shorting Bitcoin (BTC). The exchange offers perpetual contracts as well as futures contracts. The continuous contracts do not have an expiring date and have a funding rate that occurs every 8 hours. Futures contracts on the platform are settled at the contract’s settlement price.

This, in turn, means you can short the digital assets of Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), XRP, Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), EOS, Litecoin (LTC) and Tron (TRX) no the platform. This then opens the floodgates for potential market manipulation from someone or an organization that knows what they are doing.

Limited or No Access in Some Countries

The terms and conditions for using BitMEX indicate that trading is prohibited in a few countries. One country stands out: the United States. Evidence of this can be seen in the terms and conditions for use which state that:

“…that trading access to or holding positions BitMEX is prohibited for any person that is located in or a resident of the United States of America, Québec (Canada), Cuba, Crimea and Sevastopol, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, or any other jurisdiction where the services offered by BitMEX are restricted.”

Could it be they are avoiding SEC scrutiny and the long arm of the American Law? Perhaps the financial instruments on BitMEX would not hold water with the SEC.

Profits, Expensive Offices, and Billionaire Founders

The exchange has most recently rented the most expensive offices in Hong Kong in a move that raises more questions as to how much in profits the exchange is making by offering the unique trading instruments on their platform. The exchange will occupy the 45th floor of the Cheung Kong Center. Their average leasing expenses will add up to around $500k per month.

To add to the question as to how much the exchange is making in profits, Ben Delo, a co-founder of BitMEX, was recently been named Britain’s youngest Bitcoin Billionaire aged at just 34.

The Billion dollar question that now arises is how much is BitMEX making in profits?

In the case of Binance, the exchange has stated that it is eyeing $1 Billion in profits for the year of 2018. Binance does not use the extra leverage instruments on BitMEX, but it has attracted a majority share of global traders. Checking coinmarketcap.com, we find that the daily trade volume of BitMEX is three times that of Binance.

BitMEX vs. Binance trade volume. Source, coinmarketcap.com

Connecting the Dots

Doing the math from the daily trade volume of both exchanges, BitMEX could be targeting $3 Billion in profits at the end of this year or even more.

Therefore, the question as to whether they are getting the funds to rent the best office space in Hong Kong can now be answered. We can also understand how Ben Delo is a Bitcoin Billionaire.

However, there is still the unanswered question as to why trading in the United States is prohibited and as to whether the exchange has protection measures for their users against market manipulation.

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As the crypto market continues to surge, new traders continue to enter the market on a daily basis.  One of the first questions that new traders have is where should they trade crypto.  While there are countless options for buying and selling digital assets, traders need to exercise extreme caution and perform due diligence to avoid scam exchanges as well as places that have limited or no volume.  While the main platforms such as Coinbase, Binance, and Bittrex will always have significant volume, their fees are known to be on the expensive side.  AAX, a next-generation cryptocurrency exchange with the lowest futures fees in the world, represents a compelling alternative that traders should consider.

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After working in proprietary trading for over a decade, I decided to transition to crypto in early 2017.  Although crypto is significantly different from traditional capital markets, I managed to successfully find a niche for successful and opportunistic trading.  While 2017 was the perfect time to get involved, the past few years have proven to be a bit more challenging as far as generating ROI.

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Many facets of our lives are now digitized––money is no exception. 

Have you noticed that paper money is on its way to being obsolete because so many people receive direct deposit and love the simplicity of their debit card? 

Not to mention, cash carries germs, as we’ve heard lots about during the pandemic. Many businesses have turned to card only options in light of this. 

But what about cryptocurrency?

You probably heard everyone raving about it a few years ago, but the excitement’s calmed down quite a bit. That doesn’t mean that it’s not a viable option you should keep in mind. 

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