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Bittrex

Bittrex

4.2 out of 5

Bittrex is another exchange focusing on more experienced traders. Based in Las Vegas, it doesn’t enable direct purchases of cryptocurrencies using fiat currencies such as euros and US dollars. Instead, it focuses on paired trades between cryptocurrencies, providing a sleek interface and quick transaction times. It also has a set of its own APIs, which can be used for automated trading with bots. Having been launched by former employees of Microsoft and Amazon, another one of its biggest draws is its robust security (it has never been hacked). That said, the exchange’s security and compliance efforts have resulted recently in a small number of users having their accounts disabled.

Pros

  • Excellent security credentials
  • Fast transactions and withdrawals
  • Supports over 190 currencies

Cons

  • No fiat deposits and withdrawals
  • No margin trading
  • Strict security measures has left a small minority of accounts suspended

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Fees

Bittrex charges a 0.25% commission fee on all trades. If a customer buys one bitcoin for USD 12,122.94, for example, this means they’ll pay around USD 30.31 in commission.

As for deposits, Bittrex charges no fees whatsoever, except in cases where it has to move certain kinds of cryptocurrency to another address before crediting them to a user’s account. However, it does charge for withdrawals, with their prices varying according to the cryptocurrency being withdrawn.

CurrencyBittrex withdrawal feePoloniex withdrawal feeKraken withdrawal fee 
Bitcoin (BTC)0.001 BTC0.0005 BTC0.001 BTC 
Ethereum (ETH)0.02 ETH0.01 ETH0.005 ETH 
Litecoin0.01 LTC0.001 LTC0.002 LTC 
Monero0.04 XMR0.015 XMR0.05 XMR 
DASH0.01 DASH0.01 DASH0.005 DASH 

As the small sample of prices above reveal, Bittrex are generally quite competitive when it comes to withdrawal fees. That said, they’re rarely the cheapest for any particular cryptocurrency, even if they sometimes match some of the cheapest prices available (e.g. for DASH in the example above).

Background

Bittrex is a US-based crypto-exchange that specializes in paired cryptocurrency trades. It was founded by former employees of Microsoft, Amazon, and BlackBerry in February 2014, and since then it has become one of the biggest exchanges in the world when measured by trade volume. Its set of APIs enable quick and easy trading, while its automated monitoring system provides fast deposits and withdrawals, making it an ideal exchange for those looking to trade efficiently at scale. Its founding by engineers with a background in cybersecurity makes it one of the safer exchanges currently in operation.

Security

Besides speed and efficiency, security is Bittrex’s most defining feature. As with almost all exchanges, it enables two-factor authentication, letting users login securely to their accounts via Google Authenticator. It also enables the two following kinds of whitelisting:

- IP whitelisting: by ‘whitelisting’ specific IP addresses, users instruct Bittrex to authorize account activity that originates only from these addresses
- Wallet whitelisting: this allows users to enable withdrawals only to specified crypto wallets

Another feature important for the security of a user’s funds is Bittrex’s crosschain recovery service. For any cryptocurrency deposit worth more than USD 5,000 (at the time of being deposited), the exchange will recover the funds if they were accidentally transferred to a wallet of the wrong coin type.

For example, if someone deposits one bitcoin to a bitcoin cash wallet by mistake, Bittrex will recover it for them so long as the request is sent in within seven days of making the deposit. The exchange will, however, charge 0.1 BTC for any recovery of any cryptocurrency it lists on its platform.

Usability

Bittrex’s interface is uncluttered and user-friendly. On its main dashboard, there’s a graph charting the value of a selected cryptocurrency against another currency, a trading box each for buying and selling coins, and the order books for the chosen currency. Completing transactions is relatively painless, with deposits and withdrawals being faster than usual thanks to Bittrex’s automated monitoring system. And while it currently doesn’t permit margin trading, there are also the following trade types to engage in:

- Market orders
- Limit orders
- Stop orders
- Good-Til-Cancelled orders
- Immediate-Or-Cancel Order
- Fill-Or-Kill Order

Despite these plus points, enhanced account verification has been troublesome for some users, with a small minority complaining in Dec 2017 of an inability to withdraw their funds as a result. Similarly, in October 2017, it disabled around 0.1% of total user accounts as part of a systemwide compliance review. In other words, it may be one of the safest large exchanges on the web, but this security can sometimes create inconveniences for certain users.

Deposit/Withdrawal Methods

To deposits funds in their Bittrex accounts, users generally have to transfer them from an existing crypto wallet they have on an external platform. They can buy tether directly from the exchange, yet the minimum amount they can purchase is currently a whopping 100,000 USDT. Added to this, they need to have an “enhanced verified” account, which requires scans of a valid ID (e.g. passport), a copy of a recent bill or statement, and a recent selfie.

To withdraw coins, users once again need a wallet with an external exchange. There’s no option to withdraw funds in a fiat currency such as US dollars, so users will have to make sure they have an external wallet with an exchange that allows withdrawals in fiat. Also, users should note that bigger withdrawals are possible if they have an enhanced verified rather than basic verified account. If their account is enhanced verified, they have a daily withdrawal limit of 100 BTC a day, as opposed to 4 BTC.