A crypto exchange guide must provide reviews of all the exchanges out there, so that you can find the right one for you. This review of Bittrex consists of four parts: general info, fees, deposit methods and security.
Bittrex is an exchange based in Seattle that started off its operations in February 2014. There were a lot fewer exchanges out there then than there is today…
Bittrex still sees itself a global leader in the revolution of blockchain revolution. They refer to its platform as a platform for people who require “lightning-fast” trade execution, secure digital wallets and leading industry practices.
Bittrex also work as a “Blockchain Incubator”, meaning that they – in order to promote global innovation in the business – work with teams globally to help new tokens that have the potential to transform the way goods, services and operations are managed in the world.
Bittrex is one of the more known exchanges in the USA. As they are based in the USA, they also permit US-investors from most states. America is in many ways the ruler of crypto right now. It has a very large number of platforms and a large part of the everyday crypto trading occurs on American exchanges or on other exchanges but involving American traders.
New Trading Engine
On 25 February 2019, Bittrex notified its customers of an update to its trading engine. The update was carried out on 27 February 2019. The purpose of the update was to make the platform faster, scalable and pave way for “additional, exciting upgrades and features” later in 2019. Following the update, the orderbook updates faster and overall order execution is also much faster and more smooth. Actually, the orders process at a speed that is more than 20 times faster than before the upgrade.
The main people behind the Bittrex exchange are Bill Shihara (Co-Founder and CEO), Richie Lai (Co-Founder and CIO – Chief Information Office) and Rami Kawach (CTO). These three individuals are all cybersecurity engineers, coming from well-established large companies in the tech-sector (Blackberry & Amazon).
The liquidity at this exchange is decent, but there’s a distance to cover in order to catch up with the top 10 exchanges in the world in terms of liquidity. Back in February 2019 (4 February 2019), Bittrex 24 hour trading volume was approx. USD 13 million, according to Coinmarketcap’s list of exchanges. On 11 June 2019, the 24 hour trading volume had almost five-doubled and was at USD 55 million. But on the date of last updating this review (26 March 2020, right in the middle of the crisis with COVID-19), the 24 hour trading volume had dropped to USD 25.3 million, placing Bittrex at place no. 94 on the list of the exchanges in the world with the highest 24 hour trading volumes. It can thus be argued that the trading volume at this platform shifts quite a lot compared to many other exchanges.
Bittrex Trading View
Different exchanges have different trading views. And there is no “this overview is the best”-view. You should yourself see which trading view that suits you the best. What the views normally have in common is that they all show the order book or at least part of the order book, a price chart of the chosen crypto and order history. They normally also have buy and sell-boxes. Before you choose an exchange, try to have a look at the trading view so that you can see that it feels right to you. The below is a picture of the trading view at Bittrex:
Bittrex Trading fees
How about the fees then? Well, Bittrex is one of those platforms who don’t charge different fees between takers and makers. Usually, we call such trading fees “flat fees”. Bittrex offers a flat trading fee of 0.20%. For investors who prefer to act on existing orders from the order book, this might be an attractive trading fee model.
Bittrex’s flat fees are roughly in line with the industry average. Global industry average has for a long time arguably been 0.25%. However, today we are seeing more and more exchanges shifting to lower trading fees, such as 0.10%-0.15%. Within short, it is reasonable to believe that 0.10% will be the new industry average.
Bittrex Withdrawal fees
Many exchanges have great trading fees but then hit you on the way out with their withdrawal fees. Bittrex doesn’t. This exchange charges a withdrawal fee of 0.0005 BTC when you withdraw BTC. This is in line with or even lower than the global industry average BTC-withdrawal fee (0.000812 BTC per BTC-withdrawal).
Bittrex has long been criticized for not providing any fiat currency support, meaning that if you have money in your bank account and you would like to start trading crypto with it – you couldn’t do that here. There were some exceptions to that rule. One of which being if you wanted to deposit more than USD 100,000. However, on 31 May 2018, the exchange decided to permit corporate clients to deposit fiat currency. A deal with the New York Signature Bank made this possible. At the time of writing this review (March 2020), fiat currency deposits via wire transfer is possible for retail traders as well.
On 12 March 2020, the platform announced that they would now also allow credit card deposits (but only with VISA). On 16 June 2020, the exchange announced that also Mastercard is a possible deposit method now. The platform charges a 3% deposit fee for VISA card and Mastercard deposits.
One might ask why security is even a feature that we have looked for at the exchanges. Two reasons:
- Exchanges store a massive amount of valuable personal info. This can be anything from names to addresses, government ID details, taxpayer ID numbers and a lot more.
- Exchanges handle a lot of cash or crypto deposits and withdrawals.
Bittrex’s security score is B, when performing the test at Observatory by Mozilla (https://observatory.mozilla.org/). This is a very strong security score. It is far above average when it comes to crypto exchanges.
Bittrex also seem very committed to providing strong security, and proudly state that they “incorporate multiple layers of protection, using the most reliable and effective security technologies available to keep your funds secure”.
They also have a 99.95% uptime rate, which is great and shows how reliable the trading engine is.
The exchange reviewed above has a large number of supported cryptos. If a large number of cryptos is an important factor for you in your choice of crypto exchange, you could also check out the below exchanges: