With Bitcoin, Ethereum and almost all cryptocurrencies making headlines every day and despite the market being plummeted, more and more people are jumping into the crypto bandwagon. And, they are doing it through a cryptocurrency exchange.
Liquidity is the simple answer!
Be it retail or institutional investors, everyone invests with an end goal to achieve maximum returns on their investments. For the professional traders with access to institutional grade trading tools, it is only pragmatic to invest in an exchange that requires an exhaustive KYC process, has a legit adverse media and unassailable security hacks to begin with.
Blockchain technology is envisioned to be an open-source initiative where a decentralized distribution of power exists instead of concentrating it all in a single central authority. However, there is an exception of the development team having the significant say in the project roadmap. In defiance to blockchain’s vision, there exist centralized and decentralized exchanges.
Centralized exchanges directly defy the blockchain values as the assets are controlled by a single central entity that raises serious trust issues. To put it simply, the key to access all your assets/funds is with the exchange but not with you and a single security breach or even a technical breakdown of the platform may vanish all your funds in the hot wallet.
Currently, in crypto space, centralized exchanges (such as Coinbase, Kraken, Binance, Bitfinex etc) contribute to the larger share of the market. However, there are a number of companies like Binance that have come to realize the importance of decentralization and are working on launching their decentralized platform soon.
On the other hand….
Decentralized exchanges (such as IDEX, Stellar DEX, Bisq, Openledger DEX, Radar Relay etc) adopt blockchain technology and operate on a peer to peer protocol. This means that the system is based on the number of independent nodes that will ensure the functionality of the platform in case of single point of failure.
Liquidity is one of the major issues with the decentralized exchanges. Currently, on decentralized platforms, there are not enough market makers who could attract a fair amount of takers which is why there is not enough liquidity to compete with centralized platforms.
Top 5 Centralized and Decentralized exchanges, trading volumes (in $MM) compared!
Unlike the NYSE or other exchanges which operate in specific time zones, cryptocurrency is traded around the world 24x7 which is one of the main reasons for its volatile nature. It is wrongly presumed that to know about the cryptocurrency alone will suffice to ensure good returns but most of them miss out the fact that it is also vital to know in and out of an exchange which you will be using for investing/trading.
Crypto investments are nothing similar to investing in banks, credit unions or traditional stock exchanges that you may be familiar with. Unlike them in cryptocurrency exchanges, there are virtually no fail-safes in place to protect your assets and even a small mistake can cost you everything.
There is no hotline that you can call when you are stuck or there are no corporate headquarters that you can reach out to if you lose your funds and there is no backing from FDIC insured banks on these investments, which sums up to the fact that one can lose all the funds at once to cyber attacks with no recourse at all.
InWara’s Crypto exchange database is the single largest cryptocurrency exchange database globally. This database provides information on the security measures opted by each exchange, their KYC process details, transaction fee limits, trading volumes, and accepted payment methods and more.
It is an exhaustive and verified database of over 200 cryptocurrency exchanges with 100+ data points covered in each exchange. Data points including adverse media, security hacks, live tracking and updates
of trading volumes, transaction fees, and KYC process.
Level up your reading game by joining Hacker Noon now!