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OKEx dominates Bitcoin Futures market as BitMEX trails

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Bitcoin’s performance since the start of 2020 has been positive. With the first week almost coming to an end, the price of the world’s largest crypto-asset is hovering near $7,500. In other news, Bitcoin’s Futures market saw an important development over the last week – BitMEX, the long-standing king in the Bitcoin perpetual and Futures market, has slipped to the second position, while OKEx flourished.

Bitcoin Futures

As seen in the chart below, the BTC Futures trading volume for OKEx has hit a massive 2+ billion, as of 6 January 2020. BitMEX, however, reportedly recorded a reduced trading volume of $1.76 billion.

Bitcoin Futures: OKEx's dominates BTC Futures market; BitMEX trails

Source: Skew

OKEx’s increased trading volume trend for Bitcoin Futures is inverted when it comes to Open Interest. BitMEX’s open interest for Bitcoin Futures far surpasses that of OKEx.

Bitcoin Futures: OKEx's dominates BTC Futures market; BitMEX trails

Source: Skew

For BitMEX, the OI was at a staggering $1 billion, whereas, OKEx’s OI was clocked-in at $0.76 billion. This could be simply due to the density of the Futures contracts, which was higher on BitMEX when compared to OKEx.

Since the start of 2019, OKEx has been dominating BitMEX, especially in the BTC Futures market with a constant and higher trading volume.

Bitcoin Futures: OKEx's dominates BTC Futures market; BitMEX trails

Source: Skew

Bitcoin Futures have gained a lot of traction recently, with major players like the CME and Bakkt entering the arena. One of the most important differences between the CME and Bakkt is the method of settlement. While CME Bitcoin Futures are cash-settled, Bakkt’s Futures contracts are Bitcoins that are physically settled.

Moreover, 2019 was more than kind to OKEx as the OKB token was one of the best performing crypto-assets among exchange tokens. In terms of RoI, other tokens could not compare to OKB’s 386% price rise. Following it was Huobi exchange’s HT and Binance’s BNB.


Akash is a full-time cryptocurrency writer and an analyst at AMBCrypto. He is an engineering graduate with an avid interest in finance and economics. Attracted to the chaos of trading, Akash has invested in BTC, ETH and XRP for educational purposes.
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