KuCoin to Launch Margin Trading on Oct. 31

  • Crypto exchange KuCoin is launching margin trading on Oct. 31.
  • The exchange has yet to reveal leverage multipliers for transactions. 

Crypto exchange KucCoin has announced the launch of margin trading for cryptoassets. 

According to the update published Oct. 25, KuCoin will give users access to margin trading beginning Oct. 31. With the new product, traders will able to leverage borrowed cryptoassets as principal in their transactions. Users will also have the ability to enact short positions by selling the lended crypto.

While KuCoin did not announce the leverage multiplier for the service, they are offering a 20% discount promotion for investors using KCS to pay for margin trading transaction fees. 

The official update also reminded users of the substantial risk involved in margin trading, even in comparison to tradition transactions, 

Margin trading refers to the practice of borrowing funds with a relatively lower amount of capital to trade financial assets and obtain bigger profits. However, due to market risks, price fluctuations, and other factors, you are strongly recommended to be prudent about your investment actions

KuCoin will utilize a risk management system for individual tokens to determine the maximum amount of leverage that can be applied in transactions. 

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Ethereum Was Behind 85% of Dapps' $12 Billion Volume in Q2 2020

The total transaction volumes of decentralized applications (dapps) in the cryptocurrency space hit $12 billion in the second quarter of this year, rising by $4.5 billion compared to the first quarter. Etheruem dapps accounted for 85% of the volume.

According to DappRadar’s Industry Review report, there are more than 70,000 active wallets across 13 different blockchains interacting with the cryptocurrency space. The top blockchains were EOS, TRON, and Ethereum, with the latter representing $10.2 billion of the $12 billion volume seen in Q2.

Ethereum’s large transaction volume was partly fuelled by Compound and the launch of the COMP token, which led to a “yield farming” trend, in which users were interacting with the protocol as much as possible to receive COMP tokens. Compound saw $1.2 billion move through it.

The yield farming trend saw Ethereum gas prices and transaction fees increase, which according to the report did not stop Ethereum dapps from thriving in general. It did, however, contribute to an 80% drop quarter-on-quarter for ETH gaming dapps, as high gas prices are “killing” their activities on the cryptocurrency’s network.

Despite Ethereum’s growth, EOS and TRON (TRX) dapps have also seen their activity increase in the second quarter of the year. According to the report in only three months, TRON’s transaction volumes on decentralized applications surged by over 17,200%.

The rise was largely attributed to Oikos.cash, a TRON-based version of the Compound lending protocol.  While TRON’s DeFi growth has been notably, DappRadar pointed out that most dapps on its blockchain are still in the “gambling” and “high risk” categories.

The EOS blockchain has still been enduring the effects of the EIDOS token airdrop, which put the network into “congestion mode.” The airdrop clogged the network and as a result, from 2019 to 2020 wallet activity on decentralized applications dropped 53%.

So far this year, $1.9 billion have been transacted on decentralized applications using the EOS blockchain, thanks to two dapps: Crypto Dynasty and Upland. DappRadar’s report also shows that two other blockchains are growing thanks to gambling dapps: WAX and ThunderCore.

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