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Binance, Coinbase and Other Major Exchanges Saw Their Bitcoin Trading Volumes Plunge This January

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  • While the cryptocurrency market remains in limbo, Bitcoin trading volumes took a nosedive this January

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The longest Bitcoin bear market in history expectedly took its toll on the world’s biggest exchanges. In its latest issue, cryptocurrency research startup Diar published a new study that displays a sizeable drop in Bitcoin trading volumes on Binance, Coinbase, Gemini, and OKEx.

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Binance is not immune to market bears

Binance, the biggest exchange by trading volume, saw its USD-based market dropping by 40 percent in January. Meanwhile, Coinbase barely managed to surpass the $1 bln mark (a 10-fold decrease compared to January 2018).

Gemini also had an underwhelming start this year — its volumes plunged below $500 mln for the first time since September. Meanwhile, OKEx broke its three-month long growth streak, but remains the only exchange from the pack whose trading volumes actually increased compared to January 2018 (from $2 bln to almost $4 bln).

Stability is a bad thing

While Bitcoin is becoming more attractive to institutional investors, its low volatility directly reflects in declining trading volumes, Diar suggests. Traders flock in droves to exchanges to profit off constant price swings, but that’s not the case when the market remains in limbo.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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Gamblers Are Driving Force Behind dApps Growth: 2019 H1 DappReview Report         

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  • It appears that many cryptocurrency enthusiasts are willing to roll the dice

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The recently published report by DappReview encompasses everything related to the growth of decentralized applications (dApps) in the first half of 2019. When it comes to the most popular category of dApps, gambling ones appear to be in the lead by a big margin.

Upping the ante

The “Casino” category has the biggest chunk of the pie with 606 newly created dApps. For comparison, there are only 398 gaming dApps, which occupy second spot. “High-risk” dApps are trailing behind the gaming ones with 358 newly created apps.  

DappReview explains that the main reason behind their popularity is that they are relatively cheap and easy to create, but, nonetheless, they generate great returns for their developers. 

On top of that, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of risk-loving crypto enthusiasts. 

dApps are doing just fine

Overall, the report points out that rapid growth has become a new trend in the dApps department. More than 1,114 dApps have been already created this year. Tron boasts the biggest amount of newly created dApps while Ethereum and EOS come in second and third places respectively.

Notably, only one percent of users tried more than ten dApps, but they are responsible for the lion’s share of the total transactions on each of the aforementioned networks.

About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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