Coinbase’s international exchange opens futures to retail

Non-US retail traders can check if they’re eligible for perpetual futures trading on Coinbase Advanced from Sept. 28, with trading to begin soon


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Coinbase is expanding its perpetual futures service to non-US retail users after seeing substantial institutional trading of over $5.5 billion in notional volume during the second quarter.

A Bermuda regulator granted Coinbase International Exchange the authority to offer perpetual futures to eligible non-US retail clients, according to an announcement on Thursday.

Coinbase initially launched perpetual futures trading in May, but it was limited to only institutional investors located outside the US. 

Starting Sept. 28, non-US retail traders can verify their eligibility for perpetual futures trading on Coinbase Advanced, with actual trading set to commence in the following weeks, the announcement said.

“At a time when other crypto exchanges are backing away from various regions due to increased scrutiny from local regulators, this regulatory approval highlights Coinbase’s commitment to working with local regulators to ensure its retail and institutional offerings are compliant with local frameworks and standards,” Coinbase said in an email.

The Coinbase International Exchange, which provides the service, maintains financial backing through its Insurance Fund and Liquidity Support Program, both funded in USDC, rather than relying on an exchange token, the company said.

Liquidity for the platform is sourced from compliant, independent liquidity providers, it added.

Coinbase is looking to reduce its dependency on spot trading revenues, which, in the past, have negatively impacted its stock performance following disappointing quarterly earnings.

Notably, perpetual futures trading makes up a substantial portion, up to 75%, of the overall global cryptocurrency trading volume, according to the exchange.

The firm is also seeking to spread risks related to regulatory uncertainties. 

This strategic shift underscores Coinbase’s efforts to evolving within the changing crypto market dynamic and achieving a balanced revenue mix.

Coinbase joins a handful of other centralized exchanges to offer such contracts including the likes of Deribit, Binance, Bitfinex, among others, as well as a growing number of DeFi derivatives options, such as dYdX and Aevo.

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