A 10% fee discount for the first six months!
The Next Generation of Bitcoin Derivatives
BitMEX – Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange is a cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform that offers leveraged contracts that are bought and sold in Bitcoin.
The company was founded in November of 2014.
BitMEX is built by finance professionals with over 40 years of combined experience and offers a comprehensive API and supporting tools.
Up to 100x leverage. Trading without expiry dates. Industry-leading security.
150% more Bitcoin/USD liquidity than any traditional exchange. BitMEX’s XBTUSD market is the most liquid in the world.
100 audits per second. BitMEX’s engine constantly audits the balances and history of all accounts.
0 bitcoin lost through intrusion or hacking. BitMEX keeps all funds in cold storage.
BitMEX offers up to 100x leverage on Bitcoin and high leverage on Altcoin futures. This means that you can buy as much as 100 Bitcoin of contracts with only 1 Bitcoin to back it. But be careful – with high leverage comes accelerated profit, but also the potential for accelerated loss.
BitMEX trading engine was built using the same technology used by investment banks and hedge funds.
BitMEX employs the latest in multi-factor security, inside and out. Safety is their primary concern.
BitMEX offers a variety of contract types. All contracts are bought and paid out in Bitcoin.
Only BitMEX has the “Perpetual P2P Swap”, a contract that trades like a future but never expires!
XBT – a speculative Bitcoin swap with up to 100x leverage, no expiry, and low fees!
XMR – go long or short the world’s only Monero future with 25x leverage!
ETH – Ethereum and Ethereum Classic Futures, trading with up to 50x leverage!
The only way you can deposit and withdraw on BitMEX is using bitcoin. The minimum amount to deposit is the minimum amount to trade, which varies depending on the margin you are using as well as the product you are trading. As an example, for XBTUSD with an initial margin of 1%, the minimum amount is $0.01. There is no fee to deposit bitcoin at BitMEX. There are also no fees for withdrawals.
BitMEX offers contracts of 2 types: Perpetual Swaps and Futures. You can go long or short on these contracts by simply buying or selling them. You can sell even if you don’t hold any contracts, making BitMEX a valuable tool for “naked” shorting purposes.
A Perpetual Swap Contract is a derivative product similar to a traditional Futures Contract in how it trades, but does not have an expiry, so you can hold a position for as long as you like. Swap contracts trade like spot, tracking the underlying Index Price closely. It achieves this via the mechanics of a Funding component.
A Futures Contract is a derivative product and is an agreement to buy or sell a commodity, currency or other instrument at a predetermined price at a specified time in the future. On BitMEX, you can leverage up to 100x on certain contracts. Note that this is denominated entirely in bitcoin. When you are looking through the futures contracts which are available, you will notice that they are notated with expiry month codes and dates. So for example, ETHU18 is a futures contract on ETH/XBT. The month code “U” is for September, so this contract expires in September of 2018.
If you are new to these types of trades, start by reading through all the FAQ content and guides on BitMEX website. This is essential to learning your way around and understanding how these contracts work.
BitMEX makes customer service available to traders 24/7. There is a comprehensive knowledge base where you can look up answers to common questions, and if you do not find what you are looking for, you can submit a support request ticket. You also can ask for help on Weibo, Wechat, IRC, Twitter or Reddit.
BitMEX is committed to the security of its platform and its users.
BitMEX runs a first-of-its-kind multisignature deposit and withdrawal scheme. All BitMEX addresses are multisignature, and can only be accessed by a majority of BitMEX partners. Even in the event of a full system compromise, including web servers, trading engine, and database, there would not be enough keys available to an attacker to steal funds. Each and every withdrawal on BitMEX is checked by hand by at least two BitMEX employees before sending. No private keys are kept on any cloud server. All deposit addresses sent by the BitMEX system are verified by an external service to ensure they contain the keys controlled by the founders. If the public keys do not match, the system is shut down immediately and trading is halted.
BitMEX systems take advantage of Amazon Web Services’ world-class security. All BitMEX systems require multiple forms of authentication to access, including hardware tokens. Individual systems are unable to communicate with each other except across approved and monitored channels.
The BitMEX Trading Engine is the first of its kind. Written in kdb+, a database and toolset used frequently by major banks in high-frequency trading applications, the BitMEX engine has unprecedented speed and reliability. Rather than use their speed just to execute more transactions per second, BitMEX does a full risk check after each and every order placement, trade, settlement, deposit, and withdrawal. At all times, all accounts in the system must sum to zero. If they do not, trading is immediately halted for all users.
Sign up takes less than 30 seconds and requires no personal information.
Trade in minutes; deposits only require 1 confirmation.
Welcome to Bitcoin’s most advanced derivatives exchange.
You will receive a 10% fee discount for the first six months.
BitMEX only handles Bitcoin. All profit and loss is in Bitcoin, even if you’re buying and selling altcoin contracts. BitMEX does not handle fiat currency. And if you haven’t bought bitcoin yet, you can first, for example, purchase coins with a credit/debit card here: