3 issues each crypto dealer ought to find out about derivatives exchanges


Up to now two years futures contracts have change into broadly common amongst cryptocurrency merchants and this turned extra evident as the overall open curiosity on derivatives greater than doubled in three months.

Further proof of their reputation got here as futures turnover surpassed gold, which is a well-established market with $107 billion in every day quantity.

Nonetheless, every change has its personal orderbook, index calculation, leverage limits and guidelines for cross and remoted margin. These variations might sound superficial at first, however they will make an enormous distinction relying a merchants’ wants.

Open curiosity

Mixture futures open curiosity (blue) and every day quantity (black). Supply: Bybt

As proven within the above, the overall combination futures open curiosity rose from $19 billion to the present $41 billion in three months. In the meantime, the every day traded quantity has surpassed $120 billion, increased than gold’s $107 billion.

Whereas Binance futures maintain the bigger share of this market, a variety of rivals have related volumes and open curiosity, together with FTX, Bybit, and OKEx. Some variations between exchanges are apparent, resembling FTX charging perpetual contracts (inverse swaps) each hour as a substitute of the standard 8-hour window.

BTC and ETH futures open curiosity, USD. Supply: Bybt

Take discover of how CME holds the third place in Bitcoin (BTC) futures, regardless of providing solely month-to-month contracts. The standard CME derivatives markets additionally stand out for requiring a 60% margin deposit, though brokers would possibly present leverage for particular purchasers.

Stablecoin versus token-margined contracts

As for the crypto exchanges, most will permit as much as 100x leverage. Tether (USDT) orders are often denominated in BTC phrases. In the meantime, the inverse perpetual (token margined) order books are displayed in contracts, which is likely to be price $1 or $100 relying on the change.

BTC perpetual USDT futures order entry. Supply: Bybit

The above image reveals that Bybit USDT futures order entry requires a BTC-denominated amount and the identical process takes place at Binance. Then again, OKEx and FTX provide customers a neater possibility which permits the shopper to enter a USDT amount, whereas mechanically changing to BTC phrases.

BTC perpetual USDT futures order entry. Supply: OKEx

Along with USDT-based contracts, OKEx gives a USDK pair. Equally, Binance perpetual futures additionally gives a Binance USD (BUSD) ebook. Subsequently, for these unwilling to make use of Tether as collateral, there are different choices obtainable.

Variable funding charges

Some exchanges permit purchasers to make use of very excessive leverage and whereas this won’t pose an general danger as liquidation engines and insurance coverage funds are in place for these conditions, it’s going to stress the funding price. Thus, longs are often penalized on these exchanges.

ETH futures 8-hour funding price. Supply: Bybt

The above chart reveals that Bybit and Binance often show the next funding price, whereas OKEx consistently presents the bottom. Merchants want to grasp that there aren’t any guidelines implementing this, and the speed might differ between belongings or momentarily leverage demand.

Even a 0.05% distinction equals 1% in extra prices per week, that means, it’s important to check the funding price each from time to time, particularly throughout bull markets when the charge tends to escalate rapidly.

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