The cryptocurrency sector, with its origins spanning a bit over a decade, has already made its presence and impact felt on the global economy. In fact, this new class of digital assets is now on the verge of becoming part of the mainstream financial system. The transition is evident from the ever-increasing trade volumes on various cryptocurrency platforms, which is further supported by the availability of trading products to the crypto community that bears similarity to traditional instruments.
One of the prime movers in the crypto trading segment is the derivatives trading market, attracting monthly trade volumes of hundreds of billion dollars. The major offering across exchanges on the crypto derivatives front are the Futures, Options and Swaps, most of which are offered against Bitcoin. Crypto derivatives trading is attractive among the crypto-trading community as it allows them to efficiently manage the risks while making use of the leverage options as they attempt to maximize profits.
Derivatives Watch Over the Crypto Market
By way of design, derivatives are complex financial contracts having their value based on that of the underlying assets. These contracts not only provide added convenience to the traders by allowing them to hedge the risks involved in the process but also ensures that the markets undergo self-correction with respect to the price of underlying assets. The increased trader activity in the crypto derivatives exchange platforms, where the asset prices are set considering the average price on multiple platforms ensures that the price of any cryptocurrency is not driven just by the dynamics of one particular platform catering to a specific geography or volumes but considers the global market sentiment in entirety to decide a fair value of that particular asset.
The emergence of crypto derivatives trading has practice contributes towards a reduction in cryptocurrency volatility, which has been one of the critical factors affecting the rate of crypto adoption among individuals and businesses.
Derivatives Trading Picks Up Pace
The crypto derivatives trading segment has been garnering huge volumes in the recent months, with monthly numbers crossing the $325 billion mark in the last month. The latest Monthly Exchange Report published by CryptoCompare – a leading crypto industry resource that monitors the markets and provides high-quality real-time data to institutional and retail investors shows that the four top derivatives trading platforms managed over 88% of the total trade volumes, while smaller exchanges put together registered the remaining 12% of trades. The top four platforms include OKEx (28%), Huobi (27%), BitMEX (23%) and bitFlyer (10%).
Image: CryptoCompare Monthly Exchange Review (Nov 2019)
Being one of the largest crypto derivatives trading and exchange platform in the world, OKEx has been consistently staying on top of the list, with huge volumes. It has the highest reach, spanning over113 countries while supporting an extensive list of 100+ supported tokens. OKEx has further strengthened its position in the market by continually adding new products to meet the requirements of its strong userbase. The platform has also implemented enhanced risk management features like Mark Price, Tiered Maintenance Margin Ratio (TMMR) and Forced Partial Liquidation that has found the community’s favor. The Perpetual Swap trading is also another welcome addition that helps traders to continue making profits without having to reopen new positions by paying extra transaction fees.
OKEx Introduces Options Trading
The latest addition to the OKEx product portfolio is the OKEx Options Trading feature, which is now live following the successful completion of its simulation run that began on December 12, 2019. This new platform is built from scratch by the company’s competent technical team, and it incorporates a faster, more robust trading infrastructure. The Options Trading feature on OKEx allows users not just to buy but also write options for enhanced trade flexibility and transparency concerning trade prices that reflect actual market trends. It also comes with a stringent anti-manipulation system for fair settlement price based on an average of spot data from multiple exchanges. It determines the options mark price in real-time using the Black-Scholes pricing model.
According to market data available from different sources, OKEx is continuing its domination in the derivatives market, which is in line, if not better than the last month’s performance, as reported by CryptoCompare’s Monthly Exchange Review for November 2019. In the previous week, the daily BTC Features Volume on OKEx was the highest in the industry at $5.33 billion, over a billion dollars more than the second-best performer on the same day.
Big day yesterday across the board in BTC Futures – note that despite a new record in terms of volumes, Bakkt still struggled on a relative basis! pic.twitter.com/w0hkZqUkEb
— skew (@skewdotcom) December 19, 2019
With the launch of the Options Trading feature, OKEx has now become the first crypto exchange to offer C2C, Spot, Futures, Perpetual Swap and Options Trading on a single platform.
OKEx Options Trading is now live for invited traders. It will open to public access from January 9, 2020.