BITFINEX Review 2018

BITFINEXReview

Based in Hong Kong, Bitfinex is one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges in the world that is geared towards cryptocurrency investing and trading. It is managed by iFinex Inc and it deals in BTC/USD and 7 other major Altcoins such as Ethereum and Monero. By volume, Bitfinex is currently the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world, especially when the Central Bank of China decided to impose trading fees on cryptocurrency trading. This, in essence, resulted in Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges being unable to compete with other major cryptocurrency exchanges around the world. The ruling by the Central Bank of China also effectively ended the practice of Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges of “wash trading”, a process of reporting artificially inflated trading volumes. As such, Bitfinex is viewed by the cryptocurrency community as one of the more reliable cryptocurrency exchanges around.

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Deposit and Withdrawal Options

Formerly, Bitfinex accepted deposits in the form of cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies. Bitfinex users can deposit & withdraw USD, EURO, GBP and JPY directly to and from their bank accounts, with an estimated waiting time of 5-7 days. At present, the following Altcoins are accepted by Bitfinex for account funding:

  • Aventus
  • Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin Cash
  • BTG
  • Dash
  • Eidoo
  • EOS
  • Ethereum
  • Ethereum Classic
  • ETP
  • IOTA
  • Litecoin
  • Monero
  • NEO
  • OmiseGO
  • QASH
  • Qtum
  • Ripple
  • Santiment
  • Streamr
  • TetherUSD
  • YOYOW
  • Zcash

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For Bitcoin withdrawals, Bitfinex specifies a minimum wait time of 12 hours. However, the typical wait time is about one to two hours.

Supported Countries

Overall, Bitfinex services are available to clients from most countries around the world except for the following countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • Kyrgyzstan

And since the beginning of November 2017, Bitfinex has also stopped servicing clients from the U.S due to the challenging regulatory environment in the U.S. 

Fees and Charges

Comparatively, the fees imposed by Bitfinex are relatively fair. However, it is important to note that the fees imposed by cryptocurrency exchanges are completely different from the way forex brokers charge their clients. With cryptocurrency exchanges, the fees are imposed based on the type of trade made. Buyers have imposed a higher fee than sellers as buyers are considered as taking liquidity away from the market. The opposite is true of sellers as they are seen as providing liquidity to the market.

In terms of the fees and charges that are applicable at Bitfinex, “Takers” (those who take up the offers) pay a fee of 0.2%. For investors who place trades (Makers), they are charged a fee of 0.1%. In cases where the trading volume exceeds $7.5 million, the Makers fees are entirely waived. Takers fee, on the other hand, can be as low as 0.1% when there is sufficient volume. For short selling, there are also additional fees involved with borrowing which vary according to the cryptocurrency exchange platform peer to peer functionality. In addition, investors as a general rule are not permitted to short sell more than 70% of their entire position.

Privacy

Due to security reasons, the safety measures adopted by Bitfinex are kept secret hence making it difficult to truly assess the security level of the exchange. However, because of the hack suffered by the exchange in August of 2016, this has greatly impacted the way Bitfinex tighten its security.

Security and Verification Levels

Bitfinex now stores 99.5% of its clients’ funds in cold storage. Only 0.5% of the funds are kept in hot wallets to provide the liquidity needed for the exchange. The cold storage system is geographically spread out and uses a multisig feature. Traders are now required to go through a two-level authentication process for their login and withdrawals. The first level of security is the Two-factor authentication (2FA) layer. The second layer of security is the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) that uses a physical security key.

Customer Support

The support service at Bitfinex is available on a 24/7 basis. However, it should be noted that it is only via email. Typically, it takes up to 12 hours to receive an email reply, however, there have been cases when the reply exceeded this 12 hours threshold.

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Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Competitive Fees
  • Established Company
  • Ethical (Paid back all losses suffered from the 2016 hack)
  • High Liquidity
  • Supports multiple order types

Cons

  • US Clients not accepted
  • Not transparent

FAQ

  • Where is Bitfinex based at?

Bitfinex’s office is headquartered in Hong Kong.

  • How do I fund my account at Bitfinex?

Currently, you can fund Bitfinex account with cryptocurrencies as well as Fiat currencies such as USD, EURO, GBP and JPY .

  • How long does a withdrawal normally take at Bitfinex?

Bitfinex specifies a maximum withdrawal time of 12 hours. However, the typical withdrawal time is very much less being one or two hours.

  • How safe is Bitfinex?

For the security measures, Bitfinex uses several layers of security measures for different areas of their website. In terms of fund security, 95% of the clients’ funds are kept in cold storage. Data are now kept is a new and more secure server with an expanded security team to oversee the security of the server. In addition, the security is regularly tested by Hacktive Security.

  • Is Bitfinex a scam?

No, Bitfinex is not a scam. It has been operational since 2012. Today, it is one of the world’s largest exchanges by trading volume.

Bitfinex Conclusion

The hack of November 2016 suffered by Bitfinex which resulted in a loss of 120,000 BTC has severely shaken the confidence of customers in Bitfinex. The hack is considered the second largest hack (after the Mt. Gox hack) in the history of Bitcoin. Nevertheless, Bitfinex has taken steps to rectify the loss of confidence by paying back the losses suffered by its customers. Since April 2017, every dollar stolen has been fully reimbursed by Bitfinex. This has gone a long way in helping to restore the confidence customers has in Bitfinex. In terms of trading volume, Bitfinex still has the largest volume and is known in the industry for providing the lowest fees.

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BITFINEXFeatures

Coins Available
  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Litecoin
  • Ripple
  • Dash
  • EOS
  • Bitcoin Cash
  • NEO
  • Ethereum Classic
  • Monero
  • Zcash
  • OmiseGO
  • Bitcoin Gold
  • Qtum
  • TRON
  • 0x
  • Stellar
  • FunFair
  • Augur
Accepted Countries
  • Australia
  • Cameroon
  • Chad
  • Dominica
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Greece
  • Haiti
  • Iceland
  • Libya
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Belize
  • Romania
  • Cape Verde
  • Senegal
  • Sri Lanka
  • United Kingdom
  • Eritrea
  • Gambia
  • Indonesia
  • Lebanon
  • Angola
  • Malta
  • Bahamas
  • Benin
  • Chile
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Serbia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Tonga
  • Kenya
  • Finland
  • Namibia
  • Oman
  • Jamaica
  • Palau
  • Solomon Islands
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Tunisia
  • Montenegro
  • Peru
  • Sweden
  • Yemen
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Algeria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Kuwait
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Lucia
  • South Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Virgin Islands, British
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Netherlands
  • Botswana
  • Qatar
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Slovenia
  • Sudan
  • Taiwan
  • Tuvalu
  • Vatican City
  • Uruguay
  • Malaysia
  • Moldova
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Zambia
  • Andorra
  • Bolivia
  • Afghanistan
  • Congo
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Laos
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mauritania
  • Egypt
  • Gabon
  • Morocco
  • Uganda
  • Nigeria
  • Swaziland
  • Vietnam
  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Comoros
  • Estonia
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Fiji
  • Ethiopia
  • Mali
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Philippines
  • Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Madagascar
  • Sierra Leone
  • Vanuatu
  • Portugal
  • Panama
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Timor-Leste
  • Samoa
  • Albania
  • Burundi
  • Guinea
  • Iran
  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Kiribati
  • Lithuania
  • Bhutan
  • Mongolia
  • Cayman Islands
  • Myanmar
  • Niger
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Slovakia
  • Thailand
  • Czech Republic
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ecuador
  • Germany
  • India
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Marshall Islands
  • Monaco
  • Mozambique
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Togo
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Zimbabwe
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Croatia
  • Argentina
  • Guyana
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lesotho
  • Central African Republic
  • Norway
  • Paraguay
  • San Marino
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Iraq
  • Mauritius
  • Nicaragua
  • Singapore
  • Somalia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Micronesia
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Isle of Man
  • Kosovo

Payment Method

Deposit Options
Wire Transfer, Bitcoin
Withdrawal Options
Wire Transfer, cryptocurrency
Company Information
Exchange DetailsInfo
Headquarters CountryHong Kong
Foundation Year2012
Typeexchange
Trading AllowedYes
Contact Information

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