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The online Bitcoin exchange Kraken has just introduced a new feature called Dark Pool that allows clients to discreetly place large Bitcoin orders and execute against similar sized orders at potentially better prices. The Kraken dark pool is an order book not visible to the rest of the market. Each trader only knows their own orders. Traders can anonymously place large buy or sell orders without revealing their interest to other traders. Typically, outsized orders, when seen by other traders will cause the market to move unfavorably, making it more difficult to fill the order at the desired price. This unfavorable price movement may be avoided in a dark pool.
Kraken will charge an extra 0.1% for dark orders. Dark pool trading is available to all Kraken clients with accounts verified to Tier 2 or higher. The minimum dark order size is 50 Bitcoins and only limit orders are supported. The dark pool will accept orders for trading between Bitcoins and EUR, USD, JPY or GBP. Dark pool pairings are designated by a “.d” extension (e.g. XBT/EUR.d or XBT/USD.d).
It seems that Coinbase no longer wants to remain only as a payment processor as the company has just launched Coinbase Exchange, the first regulated Bitcoin exchange based in the US. If you are a Coinbase user in one of the 24 supported states or territories in USA you can begin trading immediately on Coinbase Exchange. There will be no trading fees through March 30th, after which there will be a maker-taker model – orders which provide liquidity are charged different fees from orders taking liquidity. This interesting development comes soon after the last very serious funding round that Coinbase recently had.
The fact that the exchange is a regulated one in USA should bring the trust of users that can actually use the Coinbase Exchange, but on the other hand it also means that you will have to cope up with all of the side effects that the requirements of regulation have. The good thing is that this new exchange should theoretically bring more stability and trust in the crypto currency ecosystem, but the not so good one is that it will come at the cost of privacy – one of the key advantages that crypto currencies are supposed to offer. Still it could be a good way to bring more investors in the crypto currency that would normally not be ready to trust other more questionable exchanges with their financial investments.
This is something interesting, usually MtGox has significantly higher exchange rate for BTC/USD than on other Bitcoin exchanges, but now the exchange on MtGox is actually lower than on other exchanges. The reason for that might be related to a problem that the exchange currently has with BTC withdraws, so maybe now more people are exchanging and withdrawing in cash. Below you can find the official statement regarding the problem from MtGox, the good news it that everything should be back to normal in Monday… hopefully.
Dear MtGox Customers,
In our efforts to resolve the issue being encountered by various bitcoin withdrawals, it was determined that the increase in the flow of withdrawal requests has hindered our efforts on a technical level. To understand the issue thoroughly, the system needs to be in a static state.
In order for our team to resolve the withdrawal issue it is necessary for a temporarily pause on all withdrawal requests to obtain a clear technical view of the current processes.
We apologize for the sudden short notice. All bitcoin withdrawal requests will be on pause, and the withdrawals in the system will be returned to your MtGox wallet and can be reinitiated once the issue is resolved. The trading platform will perform as usual for the needs of our customers.
Our team will resolve this problem as soon as possible and will provide an update on Monday, February 10, 2014 (JST).
We deeply apologize for the inconvenience caused, and thank you for your kind support and considerations.
The MtGox Team