OKEx welcomes BCH and XRP to C2C marketplace

"Please be assured that all services will remain normal during the system upgrade," it says

Malta-based crypto exchange OKEx has listed Ripple and Bitcoin Cash on its customer-to-customer trading platform.

It is now possible to buy or sell XRP and BCH with five supported fiat currencies: the British pound (GBP), Chinese renminbi (CNY), Vietnamese dong (VND), Russian ruble (RUB) and Thai baht (THB). Further info here.

Controversial move

Late last year, OKEx made the bold decision to settle its Bitcoin Cash futures contract early, closing thousands of users’ positions without warning. It did this to protect customers against volatility surrounding the upcoming Bitcoin Cash hard fork, which it said could bring a ‘large-scale impact’ such as a ‘cascade liquidation’.

This is where the price of futures wildly fluctuates from the underlying spot price due to a continuous stream of liquidations. OKEx suffered issues relating to this in August last year when it force-liquidated a Bitcoin futures position size worth around $400 million This devastated the futures market and caused a cascade of liquidations.

Coinbase suffered a similar issue in 2017 with the Ethereum flash-crash, which saw the cryptocurrency crash from $317 to just $0.10 in a matter of seconds, before bouncing back up to $300.

However, OKEx’s decision caught many off-guard. In an attempt to defend itself in an official statement it said: “The final outcome of the BCH hard fork is still unpredictable, and so are the responses of other constituent exchanges to the new forked coins. Between the hard fork and the delivery data of BCH1116 contract, OKEx may lack time to respond to the market.”

It continued: “It has come to our concern that an early announcement may make room for market manipulation and cause loss to our users. Therefore, we decided to give a short notice in order to maintain the fairness and stability of the market. OKEx will never perform any early delivery without prior notice, except for extremely special cases like the BCH hard fork.”

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