The exchange is gradually expanding its fiat purchase services, adding volumes and buying opportunities for direct retail investments.
Bitfinex added fiat couples for TRON (TRX) and Litecoin (LTC) in his last expansion round. Couples, which started appearing in May 2018, are added to the liquidity, but also allow an easier purchase of cryptographic assets.
Following the news, the prices of LTC and TRX continued to slide into a general downward trend. LTC fell to $ 51.76 from 9:30 UTC, losing 7.5% in 24 hours, while TRX lost 7.4%, slipping to $ 0.018.
BitFinex fiat trading remains restricted to individuals and companies outside the United States and certain territories specified in a recently updated in the shortlist . Those located in countries not present in the list are eligible for participation in the USD markets.
While LTC offers several ways to direct fiat investments, being Coinbase one, TRX is simply building its trading base from a dollar-based perspective. TRX is available for purchases limited by Changelly, but Bittrex could increase volumes. A relatively older exchange, Bittrex aims to compete with other major markets and has recently attracted the attention of Weiss Ratings:
fiat markets on Bitfinex are still limited, with BTC pairs having around $ 2.4 million volumes in 24 hours and making up a fraction of the total BTC trade. The ETH / USD pair has a volume of approximately $ 580,000 in 24 hours, while the respective amount for XRP / USD is approximately $ 101,000 as of September 18th.
The reasons for the slow activity are the requirements for complete dissemination and regulation, as well as the protracted bear market. The fiat couplings are also quite new and offer little use to traders, unlike the pairings of the USD, where increased liquidity attracts even more traders. The fiat couplings offer the possibility to withdraw direct funds in fiat. Bittrex volumes exceeded $ 52 million in 24 hours, but most commercial transactions are crypto-encrypted.
Fiat exchanges are starting to recover partly thanks to the search for jurisdictions that are quite free to provide banking services. Recently, Binance announced plans for a fiat-to-crypto exchange based in Singapore.