3 things every crypto trader should know about derivatives exchanges

In the previous two years futures contracts have grow to be broadly in style amongst cryptocurrency merchants and this grew to become extra evident as the whole open curiosity on derivatives greater than doubled in three months.

Additional proof of their recognition got here as futures turnover surpassed gold, which is a well-established market with $107 billion in daily volume.

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

Open curiosity

Aggregate futures open curiosity (blue) and each day quantity (black). Source: Bybt

As proven within the above, the whole mixture futures open curiosity rose from $19 billion to the present $41 billion in three months. Meanwhile, the each day traded quantity has surpassed $120 billion, greater than gold’s $107 billion.

While Binance futures maintain the bigger share of this market, plenty of opponents have related volumes and open curiosity, together with FTX, Bybit, and OKEx. Some variations between exchanges are apparent, similar to FTX charging perpetual contracts (inverse swaps) every hour as a substitute of the standard 8-hour window.

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

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

Stablecoin versus token-margined contracts

As for the crypto exchanges, most will permit as much as 100x leverage. Tether (USDT) orders are normally denominated in BTC phrases. Meanwhile, the inverse perpetual (token margined) order books are displayed in contracts, which could be value $1 or $100 relying on the alternate.

BTC perpetual USDT futures order entry. Source: Bybit

The above image exhibits that Bybit USDT futures order entry requires a BTC-denominated amount and the identical process takes place at Binance. On the opposite hand, OKEx and FTX provide customers a better possibility which permits the shopper to enter a USDT amount, whereas routinely changing to BTC phrases.

BTC perpetual USDT futures order entry. Source: OKEx

In addition to USDT-based contracts, OKEx presents a USDK pair. Similarly, Binance perpetual futures additionally presents a Binance USD (BUSD) ebook. Therefore, for these unwilling to make use of Tether as collateral, there are different choices obtainable.

Variable funding charges

Some exchanges permit shoppers to make use of very excessive leverage and whereas this may not pose an total danger as liquidation engines and insurance coverage funds are in place for these conditions, it would strain the funding fee. Thus, longs are normally penalized on these exchanges.

ETH futures 8-hour funding fee. Source: Bybt

The above chart exhibits that Bybit and Binance normally show a better funding fee, whereas OKEx continuously presents the bottom. Traders want to grasp that there aren’t any guidelines imposing this, and the speed could range between belongings or momentarily leverage demand.

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

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