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Crypto derivatives exchange Deribit launching zero-fee spot trading

Written by James Smith

Deribit, a popular cryptocurrency derivatives platform, has announced the launch of zero-fee spot trading, allowing clients to buy and sell crypto while simultaneously managing risk using other derivatives.

Spot trading will start on April, 24th 2023 at 1 PM UTC with three pairs (BTC/USDC, ETH/USDC, and ETH/BTC), providing clients with a simple and free solution for exchanging collateral and eliminating the need for external asset conversion. Clients will enjoy a zero-fee structure for trading these pairs.

Aiming to foster liquid markets, Deribit will offer 0% fees for makers and takers on spot. Note, due to this structure, there will not be any volume discounts, or affiliate/partner sharing offered on this model.

“Our goal has always been to provide our users with a complete exchange platform that meets all their trading needs. After years of being the leading crypto derivatives trading platform and ensuring that our exchange has the highest level of security and transparency, we have decided to apply our expertise to spot trading. By adding spot trading to our existing futures and options products, we are now able to provide a fulsome exchange offering that caters to all types of traders.”
– Luuk Strijers, COO at Deribit

Currently, Deribit offers options, inverse & linear perpetuals, and futures (incl volatility futures) for three bases currencies (Bitcoin and Ethereum, and USDC), which allows investors to efficiently manage risk and hedge their investments. With the addition of spot trading, Deribit now serves a wider range of traders who seek to swap directly between assets with immediate delivery and ownership.

The introduction of free spot trading capabilities comes shortly after Deribit’s launch of BTC DVOL futures, a contract built on DVOL (the Deribit Bitcoin Volatility Index) that facilitates bitcoin volatility trading. Deribit has also experienced a continued increase in investor activity, seeing open interest on the platform hit an all-time high of over $20 billion on March 30th, 2023.


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