BitMEX lets you bet big on bitcoin — for a price | Why do we take EOS seriously when it’s clearly a plutocracy? | Coinbase exploring support for over 30 new cryptocurrencies

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“We missed out on the peak of finance. Instead we got the decline. There’s not as much money, not as much risk, not as much flow. It’s boring. Bitcoin reminds us of what it must have been like trading an asset class in the late ’80s and ’90s.” — Arthur Hayes, CEO BitMEX

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Crypto derivatives are essentially bets on whether the price of bitcoin or another cryptocurrency, is going to go up or down. And for retail investors who dream of winning big, the most popular platform for placing those bets is BitMEX, a largely unregulated Hong Kong-based exchange that’s been sneaking into the news of late.

Best known for its futures contracts, BitMEX (aka the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange) is a peer-to-peer trading platform that allows traders to take positions against one another on crypto futures and swaps. The platform, available in five languages (English, Chinese, Russian, Korean and Japanese), then settles the trades exclusively in bitcoin. 

Founded in 2014, BitMEX is fully owned and operated by HDR Global Trading Limited, which is registered in the Republic of Seychelles. An archipelago in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is notoriously light on corporate regulation and does not require companies to pay taxes or undergo audits.

Run by a staff of more than 100, BitMEX touts itself as the most liquid bitcoin derivatives exchange in the world. On a typical day, it handles between $4 billion to $5 billion in volume, the bulk of which comes from North Asia. In the U.S., the Cboe Futures Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange also offer bitcoin futures, but in a conventional regulated environment— while NASDAQ may be joining them soon. But, according to a recent report from CryptoCompare, these financial stalwarts only do a fraction of the volume that BitMEX does.

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