A look back at Interdax’s key achievements and milestones in 2020.
The past year has provided countless opportunities for cryptocurrency traders. In the first half of 2020, bitcoin opened around $7,000 but then crashed below $4,000 on ‘Black Thursday’ before eventually recovering these losses by the end of May. Our platform withstood the Black Swan event, and we did not experience any downtime or degradation in performance.
A bull run in Decentralised Finance (DeFi) projects characterised the summer. Bitcoin’s upward trajectory also gained momentum as the block subsidy halving event cut the issuance rate in half. The leading cryptocurrency gained more acceptance and became more legitimised, with more players in the world of traditional finance slowly but surely warming to it.
Paul Tudor Jones catalysed a ‘digital gold rush’ amongst institutional investors after he announced he was investing in bitcoin in May, and set the stage for further adoption by institutional players in the second half of 2020 — with more big names such as Stanley Druckenmiller, Ray Dalio and even JPMorgan praising the peer-to-peer digital currency.
Riding this wave of fresh demand, BTC-USD closed above $10,000 in July 2020 for the first time in 12 months, and eventually breached the all-time high in December, ending the year just under $29,000. The price of bitcoin enjoyed a gain of +304%, Ethereum’s ether increased by +473%, and the total cryptocurrency market cap approached $800 billion as the year came to a close.
It was also an eventful year in traditional markets: gold traded above the previous all-time high of $1,921.13, oil futures briefly traded in negative territory, tech and biotech companies outperformed the broader equity market (such as Tesla’s share price which soared 743% in 2020), and central bank balance sheets ballooned to unprecedented heights.
Amidst a new bullish phase for cryptocurrencies, trading volume for our BTC-PERP contract grew significantly in the past 12 months or so, from $37.85 million in December 2019 not long after our mainnet launch to almost $2 billion in December 2020:
In this article, we’ll review the biggest developments in 2020 for Interdax:
DaxDecade Trading Battle
To kick off the new decade, we hosted the DaxDecade trading battle and awarded 2 BTC to the top 10 traders.
Two trading battles were also held jointly with influencers, where 0.375 BTC was awarded to the winners.
During May, the public API was released, which allows our customers to trade programmatically instead of manually.
Improvements to the deposits and withdrawals were implemented in Q2.
As soon as a transaction is broadcast, the deposit is visible in the interface - but any deposited funds are only available for trading after the required number of confirmations (2 for BTC deposits or 12 for ETH/USDT deposits).
Also, a hot wallet was integrated to facilitate smaller withdrawals instantly, pending network confirmations.
New Order Types and Order Flags
Margin Bonus Program
The margin bonus program was introduced in August. New customers can claim a 5% margin bonus on their first deposit.
Partnership with QGP Markets
Interdax partnered with QGP Markets in August. The market making firm has been building liquidity in the cryptocurrency market for over six years and helped us to provide deeper order books for our customers.
Competitive Fee Structure
Our fee structure was improved in September.
The taker fee was reduced from 0.075% to 0.05% while the maker fee was increased from -0.025% to 0%.
DaxSummer Trading Battle
We hosted our second featured trading battle for 2020, DaxSummer, which took place in September and lasted 24 days. A total of 5.5 BTC was awarded to 25 winning traders.
ETH Trading Goes Live
The monthly trading volume for ETH-PERP just after launch in October 2020 was $5.78 million. That figure increased to $131.87 million in December 2020 as the price of ether increased by almost 20%, from $617 to $736.
Stablecoin Perpetuals Launched
Stablecoin perpetuals are linear derivative contracts where you can use TetherUSD (USDT) to trade AVAX, FIL, LINK and UNI with up to 100x leverage. The contract specs for stablecoin perpetuals can be found here.
Exiting the Beta Stage, Spot Trading Launches
In the fourth quarter of 2020, the Interdax platform exited beta stage and we introduced spot trading for BTC-USDT and ETH-USDT.
In the last two months of the year, the trading volume for our BTC and ETH spot pairs grew +54% and +31% respectively:
Along with spot trading, a stablecoin perpetual for Filecoin (FIL) was also released in Q4.
Another major development in Q4 was an improvement to the interface to clearly display the available balance, maintenance margin and initial margin, highlighting the riskiness of your position(s).
You can read more about the margin widget here.
We’d like to thank you for being a part of the Interdax community. The year ahead promises to be a spectacular year for cryptocurrency. We hope you have a healthy and productive 2021!