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In January, crypto exchanges saw spot volumes reach their lowest level since December 2020, CryptoCompare’s recent market data analysis report revealed.

While spot volumes fell 30.2% month-on-month, derivatives market volumes remained steady and reached an all-time high (ATH) market share of 61.2%–suggesting crypto investors turned to hedging and speculation.

Spot trading volumes took a severe hit last month

In January, spot volumes on centralized exchanges fell to $1.81 trillion, down 30.2% month-on-month–reaching their lowest level since December 2020 ($1.17 trillion).

This retraction consisted of a 21.2% drop in top-tier exchange volumes and a 66.3% drop in lower-tier exchange volumes.

According to the report, top-tier exchanges now make up for 90.3% of all spot volumes. 

Monthly spot volumes: Top-tier and low-tier exchanges (CryptoCompare)

In January, Binance (trading $504 billion), OKEx (trading $131 billion), and Coinbase (trading $120 billion) were the top players in terms of spot volume.

Monthly spot volumes: Top-tier exchanges (CryptoCompare)

Spot volumes also recorded the lowest intra-month high since December 2020. 

Zooming in, the report revealed that daily total spot volume hit an intra-month high of $91.1 billion on January 24th–down 47.5% compared to the previous month.

Derivative markets remain steady–reach an ATH market share 

Meanwhile, derivatives market volumes remained steady and only recorded a marginal decrease–down 0.4% month-on-month to $2.86 trillion.

Consequently, derivative markets reached an ATH market share of 61.2%, breaking the previous record of 57.3% in November 2020.

The report concluded:

“This suggests an increase in hedging and speculation in cryptocurrency markets in the month of January, as participants shift to trading futures and options,” 

However, CryptoCompare noted that January derivatives market volumes remain significantly below the ATHs recorded in May 2021($4.96 trillion). 

As for crypto exchanges–Binance dominated the derivative markets in January, with 51.6% of total volumes, followed by OKEx (19.6%) and FTX (12.1%). 

Monthly derivatives volume per crypto exchange (CryptoCompare)

Zooming in, the report revealed 1.882 BTC option contracts were traded in the CME in January, up 28.6% month-on-month, reaching the highest amount of BTC options traded since December 2020 (3.749).

CME BTC option contracts: Monthly volumes (CryptoCompare)

Meanwhile, BTC futures contract volumes were up 23.9%, while ETH futures contract volumes increased 59.4%.

CME BTC futures contracts: Monthly volumes (CryptoCompare)
CME ETH futures contracts: Monthly volumes (CryptoCompare)




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