Bittrex VS Bitfinex

Comparison
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General Information

BittrexBitfinex
Year of foundation20142012
CountryUSAHong Kong
LanguagesEnglish, Russian, ChineseEnglish, Russian, Chinese
Mobile appiOS, AndroidiOS, Android

Registration and Verification

Bittrex

Registration is absolutely standard. But the verification is the point which really pleases Bittrex. It is the fastest and most painless verification process of all the ones we had a chance to deal with. If everything is in order with the documents and photos, the whole procedure will take no more than 20 minutes.

Bitfinex

Registration is simple and straightforward, before registering an account on Bitfinex, we need to agree that we are professional traders and that we will make a minimum deposit to start trading ($10,000), then we can enter our email, create a nickname and password. If you just want to see the functionality of the exchange, there is a demo-demo available.

Depositing and Withdrawing Funds

Bittrex

You can replenish your account and withdraw funds with cryptocurrency and fiat money (USD and EUR). There are depositing by bank card and bank transfer.

Bitfinex

The site offers 99 trading pairs, including EUR and USD pairs, with an average daily volume of $200 million. The main part of this volume falls on BTC/USD pair and it is more than 30%. Commissions for trades range from 0 to 0.2% depending on the volume of trades.

Trading Volumes and Traded Pairs

Bittrex

Reliable American exchange with a daily trading volume of ~$30 million. There are about 300 trading pairs on Bittrex. In general, the volume is enough for normal trading on major pairs. As of September 2020, there is no margin trading on the Bittrex exchange.

Bitfinex

The platform is more focused on trading cryptocurrencies and supports 408 pairs. The pluses include margin trading and support for fiat money.

Commission

Bittrex

The commission is low (0.25%), but all conversions are related to BTC, which may entail additional exchange costs.

Bitfinex

Bitfinex is considered a platform for experienced cryptocurrency traders. Until recently, in order to trade on it, you had to place a deposit of at least $10,000. As in the case of Binance, the crypto exchange provides special conditions on commissions for those who own LEO tokens. LEO is quite a strong token, given that Bitfinex was able to sell them for $1 billion in record time. However, it should be taken into account that Bitfinex has strong support in the form of its parent company iFinex, which runs the Tether project.

Security

Bittrex

Bittrex requires all users to approve each new IP address via an email confirmation, which happens every time you log in from a new IP address. You also set withdrawal permissions to specific addresses only. All of these features work in tandem to provide users with the strongest security possible.

Bitfinex

A significant drawback of BitFinex is considered security. In 2015, the site was attacked by hackers, losing $400,000. In 2016, a more massive attack led to the loss of $73 million from user accounts. In 2018, the exchange also faced serious banking problems. But now the company is very serious about security, so to deposit in dollars, you need to connect a two-factor identification.

Pros and Cons

Bittrex

Pros
  • High level of security. The exchange has never been hacked.
  • Verification is carried out with a minimum amount of data about the client.
  • The account verification process is faster than on many other exchanges.
  • Average commissions on the market. Bittrex charges 0.25% for any transactions.
  • Support for more than 250 cryptocurrencies, including rare ones.
  • No deposit limits.
  • Up to 90% of customer funds are stored in cold wallets.
  • The exchange is available for work in most countries.
Cons
  • There is no margin trading and no possibility to get loans to open positions.
  • Liquidity at the exchange sometimes does not allow to quickly process transactions with large volumes.
  • Lack of incentive programs for new users.
  • No referral program.
  • Slow response of the support service to requests from users.
  • Problems with the verification.

Bitfinex

Pros
  • trading volumes
  • interface localization
  • security of use
  • mobile app support
  • no withdrawal limits
  • dollar support
Cons
  • cost of recharging in dollars
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