Asia crushes cryptocurrency trading volumes even though the UK has the most exchanges


It seems that Asian nations are completely dominating the charts for cryptocurrency buying and selling volumes – regardless of the current string of regulatory clampdowns.

Analysis from banking large Morgan Stanley indicates that exchanges originating from countries like China, South Korea, and Hong Kong account for the trading volume globally.

The research also showed that while the UK has the highest number of cryptocurrency exchanges registered with it, it only accounts for one percent of the total trading volume.

The nearest competitors Hong Kong, the US, and Singapore are far behind the UK in terms of the number of cryptocurrency exchanges they host. In comparison to the 22 exchanges located in the UK, Hong Kong only has 15, and the US – 11.

The charts for trading volume tell an entirely different story though.

The list is headed by Malta which accounted for close to $1.2 billion of the total trading volume worldwide, followed by South Korea and Belize with $900 million and $700 million, respectively.

Meanwhile, the UK had a trading volume slightly higher than $100 million (almost twelve times less than Malta) — that is despite having the highest number of exchanges.

One thing to highlight is that the main reason Malta scored so high on the list is because of Binance. But as the data indicates, the actual trading volume leaders are still mostly Asian countries.

The originally China-based exchange recently announced its intention to move its workplace to Malta after struggling crackdowns in China, Japan, and Hong Kong.

Belize has additionally made it to the record due to the presence of OKEx, which really operates out of Hong Kong.

Actually, the analysis has proven that almost all of Bitcoin’s buying and selling with fiat occurs within the Japanese Yen (JPY); to present you some context, 55.7 % of all Bitcoin fiat buying and selling is in JPY, in comparison with 21.eight % in USD.

Transfer over, West — Asia is taking the lead on cryptocurrencies.

Revealed April 26, 2018 — 11:40 UTC

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