UPDATE 20 June 2023: STEX.com has provided the following message on what used to be its website (stex.com):
Force Majeure statement
Due to unknown reasons, we suffered data loss. In result, we have very fragmented and non-consistent data regarding balances, transactions, etc. We cannot continue any business operations.
Trying to recover any accesable assets we kindly asking for your help. Please use this form https://forms.gle/41qybtDGgSawuh7Q8. We are sorry for the inconveniences.
Accordingly, we have marked this exchange as "dead" and moved it into our Exchange Graveyard. We have listed the source of death as "Hacked", although we are not entirely sure what the actual source of death was (we can only base our conclusion upon the above message). We will revive the platform again if the above problem is resolved.
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What is STEX.com?
STEX.com (previously Stocks.exchange) is a centralized cryptocurrency exchange registered in Estonia. It has been active since 2018 and according to information on its website, it already has more than 300,000 registered users. STEX.com offers trading in a large number of cryptocurrencies. So if you’re an altcoin trader looking to find that unicorn crypto, chances are that you will find it here.
The platform presents the following things as advantages with its trading platform. Low fees, user friendly interface and a lot of users trusting the exchange. These points are all important factors in your choice of trading platform. We certainly understand why the exchange highlights these factors in particular.
According to information provided to Cryptowisser from STEX.com, US-investors may trade here (as the exchange is FinCen-registered).
STEX.com Trading View
Different exchanges have different trading views. And there is no “this overview is the best”-view. You should yourself determine 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 cryptocurrency 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 ascertain that it feels right to you. The below is a picture of the trading view at STEX.com, but in non-signed in mode so not showing any order boxes:
STEX.com Trading fees
Most crypto exchanges charge two different types of trading fees: taker fees and maker fees. The taker is the person who picks up an existing order from the order book. The maker, on the other hand, is the person who creates an order that is not immediately matched against an existing order on the order book. Makers are often rewarded for creating liquidity on the platform by a lower trading fee than takers. Exchanges that do not make a distinction between takers and makers charge what we call “flat fees”. STEX.com charges 0.20% for both takers and makers.
According to the largest and most recent empirical study on crypto exchange trading fees, the average spot trading taker fee is currently 0.2181% and the average spot trading maker fee is currently 0.178%.
Compared to those average trading fees, STEX.com's taker fees is below the industry average and maker fees is above the industry average.
STEX.com Withdrawal fees
Many exchanges have great trading fees but then hit you on the way out with their withdrawal fees. STEX.com charges a withdrawal fee amounting to 0.0005 BTC when you withdraw BTC. This is in almost 40% lower than the global industry average of 0.000812 BTC.
All in all, the fees at STEX.com are competitive.
At STEX.com, you can’t deposit via bank transfer (SEPA-transfer for instance) but credit card deposits (and a large number of other payment methods) are perfectly fine. Accordingly, STEX.com qualifies as an “entry-level exchange”. The below picture shows a few of the payment methods available at the platform: