Cryptocurrency Exchange Bitfinex

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Name Bitfinex
Founded 2012
Brief Bitfinex offers the most liquid order book in the world, allowing users to easily exchange Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, NEO, Iota, Litecoin.
Last updated: Thursday, September 24, 2020 3:00:03PM UTC
Volume 24 hours, USD: 166 823 120

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Bitfinex offers the most liquid order book in the world, allowing users to easily exchange Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, NEO, Iota, Litecoin, OmiseGO, Ethereum Classic, aelf, Monero, Dash, Zcash, Bitcoin Gold, ETP, 0x, QASH, Qtum, Time New Bank, TRON, Santiment, Golem, RCN, Status, Eidoo, YOYOW, Augur, FunFair, Streamr, Basic Attention Token, AidCoin, Aventus, Decentraland, SpankChain, SingularDTV, and iExec with minimal slippage.

Bitfinex allows for users to trade with up to 3.3x leverage by receiving funding from the peer to peer margin funding platform. Users can enter an order to borrow the desired amount of funding at the rate and duration of their choice, or they can simply open a position and Bitfinex will take out funding for them at the best available rate at that time. For more information on our Margin Trading feature, please go to How It Works.

The margin funding market provides a way to earn interest on Euro, US Dollar, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, NEO, Iota, Litecoin, OmiseGO, Ethereum Classic, Monero, Dash, Zcash, Bitcoin Gold, ETP, Santiment, and Eidoo by providing funding to traders wanting to trade with leverage. Users can offer funding at the rate and duration of their choice, or they can simply lend at the FRR (Flash Return Rate). In addition users can use our Auto-Renew feature to renew their offers automatically upon expiry. For more information on our Margin Funding feature, please go to How It Works.

Bitfinex is a cryptocurrency exchange, which also provides margin trading. The leverage ratio may seem low to experienced forex traders, but this is due to wild and unpredictable nature of cryptocurrencies. At the time of writing of this review Bitfinex is the largest Bitcoin exchange, in terms of volume.

Bitfinex is operated by iFinex Inc., a Hong Kong based company. Although regulation in the cryptoverse is often times a bit shaky, this company has some history in dealing with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Despie claiming they should not fall under any dervatives regulation, Bitfinex did pay a fine to the CFTC rgarding a particular case. Of course, we are talking about the famous hacking scandal.

In August of 2016, Bitcoin worth approximately $72 million was stolen from Bitfinex users, resulting in the second-largest hack in the history of cryptocurrency exchanges. The company reacted accordingly, trying to trace the villains. Simultaneously it issued the so called BFX tokens, to the victims. This represented a pledge by the exchange, to pay back the money, once it has the ability to do so. 

An interesting development then followed, as a secondary market for these tokens emerged. Applying a strategy, used by the aptly named “Vulture hedge funds”, the initial bidders were offering 2 cents on the dollar. Obviously the uncertainty regarding the payments was very high, as people were speculating this was the end of Bitfinex. Prices started increasing, with new developments in the story. Eventually the firm paid back the entire debt, at the full promised value (and withdrew all the tokens in the process).

This story raises the credibility of Bitfinex in our eyes. The exchange had a major issue but managed to handle it well. Important Update: As of November 9 2017, Bitfinex will no longer accept US clients in any form. This is most likely the result of a SEC guideline, which suggests all crypto-exhanges will have to at least be registered in a newly created list.

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Bitfinex volume change 24 hours 50.57%

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