Bitfinex Says Users Are Now Able To Directly Trade Tether For Fiat

Bitfinex users now have the ability to directly trade Tether for fiat thanks to the addition of USDT/USD and EURT/EUR trading pairs, according to a November 27th Medium post from Bitfinex.  

The exchange said the new Tether trading pairs will replace "the previous 1:1 conversion on deposits and withdrawals provided by Bitfinex." It characterized the announcement as “continuing our heritage of providing a neutral, coin-agnostic platform.”

Exchanges Should Serve As A Neutral Actor

In the post, Bitfinex noted how it protected customers through a guarantee of the Tether/USD 1:1 peg.

It said the ability for users to take advantage of the new trading pairs is a “reflection of the evolved stablecoin market” and maintained a company ethos that “an exchange should be a neutral actor.”

The Bifinex team wrote how the change comes in tandem with a big update to the Tether.io platform which allows customers to directly redeem their USDT for USD.

CryptoGlobe reported today on Tether’s redesigned platform, which also features the ability to verify new customers.

However, only people with at least 100,000 USDT are able to redeem USDT for USD on Tether’s website. Tether said these stipulations are targeted towards its “professional investor audience.”

Coming Investigations Into Tether And Bitfinex?

About a week ago, CryptoGlobe covered allegations that the U.S. Department of Justice and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CTFC) were working on crypto-related investigations.

According to speculation, more scrutiny was being directed towards purported market manipulation involving Tether and Bifinex.

The two entities were at the receiving end of a subpoena by the CTFC in December 2017. Allegedly, the CTFC and the Department of Justice are coordinating investigations of the duo’s activities.

Tether’s reputation has been under fire of late due to issues with redemption at Bitfinex and a continued lack of attestation by an independent accounting firm.

However, Tether has affirmed a strong relationship with Deltec Bank & Trust Limited and claims it will be able to “return to its original vision” as a result.

Sub-accounts in Crypto: What They Are and How They Work

 

Julia Gerstein, a crypto trading bots enthusiast and a content writer at TradeSanta. My final goal is to help readers find what they need, understand what they find, and use what they understand appropriately.


Speaking generally, a sub-account is a segregated smaller account that is tied to a larger primary account. Sub-accounts may serve different functions depending on the objectives of their owners. The term can refer to multiple email addresses linked to one user or secondary accounts tied to a primary account with a financial institution or a bank.

For this article, we will be looking at sub-accounts as they exist in the crypto industry, and specifically on trading platforms.

Built-in Sub-Accounts

On trading platforms, the sub-accounts feature allows users to create a set of subsidiary accounts with different trading strategies, funds and end customers. On some platforms, general accounts already come with built-in sub-accounts.

For example, exchange platform Crypto Facilities provides each user with cash and margin accounts when they sign up. While deposits and withdrawals are completed with the cash account, trading an instrument requires users to make an internal transfer from a cash account to their margin account that corresponds to the instrument in question.

Each instrument has its own margin account. This grants users more control over their funds and allows them to manage risks for each instrument separately from their main balance.

Optional Sub-Accounts

Other cryptocurrency exchanges, such as Gemini and Binance, have launched sub-accounts as an optional feature for institutional investors.

As an optional feature, sub-accounts can serve to introduce additional security measures and different access levels between the main account and its subsidiaries. Binance has underlined the differences between a master account and its subsidiaries, providing the former with the exclusive ability to view all data and balances, transfer funds between accounts, and have full managerial control and access to a range of asset audit tools.

Here master accounts have sole control over the movement of assets between sub-accounts, and can grant each of them different access levels and permissions. This ensures that the main account has the power to direct and monitor the actions of all its associated accounts, while each sub-account can perform its function independently from other sub-accounts.

Not Only for Institutional Investors

While institutional investors have been able to create sub-accounts for a while, this feature is still being introduced by more and more major exchanges.

Now even individual investors can create subsidiary accounts to try and assess the performance of distinct trading strategies. For example, HitBTC recently introduced its own sub-accounts feature that is now available per user’s request.

At HitBTC, sub-accounts enable users to create separate subsidiary accounts with which they can utilize various trading styles and strategies with operational autonomy. While each sub-account is separate, all of them are still tied to a master account and contribute to the cumulative volume of all accounts connected to the master.

Because trading volume is measured cumulatively, the use of the subaccounts feature can open up additional benefits for traders such as lower commissions due to progressive fee tiers that reward users for contributing to the liquidity on the trading platform.

Therefore, users can perform a variety of different trading activities unconnected to each other, and all the activities will still weigh in the financial favor of the parties involved. Master accounts also have access to important data such as the performance of each sub-account and total trading fees of all linked accounts combined. While the feature is designed with institutional and corporate clients in mind, on HitBTC any user can create sub-accounts upon request.

The adoption of this feature by more and more trading platforms will be beneficial for both institutional and individual traders. Some users can utilize it to execute different trading strategies or try various algorithms with a clear picture of their effectiveness, others to manage their team and analyze the performance of each account securely and conveniently.

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