How Many Trades Do Crypto Exchanges Actually Process?

Bitcoinist November 21, 2019
Updated 2019/11/21 at 11:33 AM
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How many trades are actually processed per month, day, second on crypto exchanges? The answer is anybody’s guess, because no matter how many times CoinMarketCap, or other aggregate platforms, adjusts its figures, we’re always left with serious doubts.

Information Not As Readily Available As Expected

The team at Shrimpy portfolio management set to work finding out the answer to this long-standing question, and has recently published its results in a blog post.

It seems that the information isn’t as easy to come by as one would expect. Apparently, popular crypto exchange, Binance, can process up to 1.4 million trades per second. This is great, but it doesn’t bring us any closer to an answer.

Luckily, Shrimpy has its own API. This can calculate the number of trades actioned on a certain exchange, given the trading pair and start and end time. For example, over the course of October, considering just the BTC/USDT trading pair, there were 13.2 million trades executed on Binance, and almost 77,000 on crypto competitor platform, Bittrex.

So in October, Binance processed almost 172 times as many trades as Bittrex. But what about a total number across all exchanges?

Interesting Crypto Exchange Findings

Collating information across all trading pairs, over a whole year, for 16 of the most popular (and perhaps credible) exchanges, Shrimpy drew some interesting conclusions.

  1. Huobi Global beats Binance to process the most trades per month. 121 million in October over all trading pairs, against Binance’s 92 million.
  2. The highest number of trades executed by Binance in a single month was 125 million trades. If it was running at capacity, the entirety of these crypto trades could have been processed in just under a minute and a half.
  3. The total number of trades across all sixteen exchanges analysed, was 452 million in the month of October 2019. This being a roughly average month considering the entire year.

So there you have it. Around 450 million trades per month (for the exchanges which were analysed). This equates to around 15 million trades per day, or around 175 trades per second.

Whilst some analysts obsess over daily traded bitcoin volume (and how trustworthy reported figures actually are), the number of daily trades can also be used to give an indication of market health. Perhaps it is a statistic which we will hear more of in future.

What do you think of these latest findings? Add your thoughts below!

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