Coinbase announced the launch of perpetual futures trading for its customers outside the US on Coinbase Advanced, a platform designed for sophisticated retail traders. Perpetual futures contracts allow traders to speculate on the price movements of cryptographic assets without an expiration date.
Starting today, eligible Coinbase Advanced customers in non-US jurisdictions can trade four perpetual contracts: Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and XRP. These contracts are settled in USDC, a stablecoin backed by US dollars.
Users can now access perpetual futures with up to 5X leverage (except XRP at 3X) via advanced.coinbase.com, with mobile trading options coming soon. As part of an introductory promotion, customers will benefit from a low rate of 0% (maker) and 0.03% (taker).
A regulated and compliant platform
Coinbase enables perpetual futures for customers outside the US and has obtained regulatory approval from the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), which is a leading digital asset regulator known for its robust crypto business oversight framework.
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In May 2023, Coinbase Exchange obtained a class F license from the BMA, allowing it to offer perpetual futures to institutions outside the US. Coinbase said it has built its perpetual futures products to strict compliance standards and aims to expand access to derivatives through Coinbase Advanced, serving a broader range of global customers.
A growing demand for crypto derivatives
Coinbase’s launch of perpetual futures coincides with a significant rise in the global crypto derivatives market. According to the CoinGecko report, as of March 2023, cryptocurrency derivatives accounted for a whopping 75% of the total cryptocurrency trading volume, which amounted to $2.95 trillion.