Coinbase's proposed overseas trading venue would offer derivatives: Sources

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  • The exchange is looking to go abroad amid U.S. regulatory uncertainty.

Crypto exchange Coinbase is exploring launching an offshore platform to trade perpetual swaps tied to cryptocurrencies, according to two sources familiar with the firm’s aspirations to gate-crash a sector dominated by rival Binance.

The firm has briefed market-making and trading firms about the plans to roll out the platform in an offshore jurisdiction. Perpetual swaps — a type of future and a popular product in the crypto space – will be among the offerings. They provide a more capital-efficient way for traders to make bets on the underlying crypto market.

"As shared on our blog, we are accelerating our 'Go Broad, Go Deep' international strategy across six continents to better serve our global user base," a Coinbase spokesperson said by email. "Our international expansion drive will focus on high-bar regulatory jurisdictions."

Bloomberg reported earlier that Coinbase Global is considering setting up a new trading platform overseas, without specifying what the new venue would trade.

Binance dominance

Crypto exchange behemoth Binance commands a plurality of market share in bitcoin futures, according to The Block’s data dashboard. At its peak, FTX was a large player in the market as well, with nearly 25% market share in early 2021.


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Last year, Coinbase acquired of FairX, a CFTC-regulated derivatives exchange, and in 2021 applied for membership in the National Futures Association, the U.S. self-regulatory organization for such businesses. 

Update: This story was updated with Coinbase comment.

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