Nick Chong · 4 hours ago · 2 min read
Binance—the world’s largest exchange by trading volume—announced that it will offer futures contracts on the new “Binance Futures” platform. An exact launch date wasn’t provided, but Changpeng Zhao said the platform is expected to launch in the coming months.
The platform is expected to compete with the incumbent and largest derivatives exchange by volume, BitMEX. Considering Binance’s position as the world’s most popular crypto-to-crypto exchange by volume, it is possible it could usurp BitMEX as the leading derivates exchange as well.
More sophisticated trading products could have other benefits for the market. As expressed by venture fund manager and Bitcoin advocate Anthony Pompliano, “more sophisticated products. More liquidity.”
Luke Martin, a cryptocurrency trader and analyst, broadly categorized exchanges based on their service offerings. Binance appears to be entering every major segment, according to Martin’s analysis:
Crypto exchange types:
1/Derivatives: margin, swaps, futures (Bitmex, Bybit, Deribit)
2/Regulated: BTC & major alt focus, fiat on-ramps (Coinbase, Gemini)
3/Unregulated: Alt focus (Binance, Kucoin)
Binance adding futures & becoming only exchange to be in every category. https://t.co/Ikp9pwOtyv
— Luke Martin (@VentureCoinist) July 2, 2019