Kraken share of US spot trading volumes reaches 18-month high

Quick Take

  • Kraken’s share of U.S. trading volumes has more than doubled within the past 18 months. 
  • Kraken product director Shannon Kurtas told The Block that the increase is mainly due to the 5x increase in users on the exchange’s Pro app.

Crypto exchange Kraken saw its share of U.S. spot volume more than double in the past 18 months.

The increase coincides with increased interest in the Kraken Pro app, which allows users to access spot trading, margin trading and staking. The platform experienced a five-fold increase in users from January to June 2023. 

"We’ve seen a dramatic increase in usage and activity of clients for using the new Pro platform versus the previous platforms," Kraken product director Shannon Kurtas told The Block. "It's a segment that we've doubled down on for the past 18 months."

Kurtas said that Kraken's global spot market share doubled within the last 18 months as well, though it's still not as high in the U.S.

Kraken leads in Europe

"In Euro-quoted markets, we been a leader for quite a number of years, and our share has gone from 35% to just over 50% in the past 12 months," Kurtas said. 

Kurtas added that the exchange will add a number of features to augment user experience, such as price alerts to keep users informed of their favorite markets and engaged with the platform. 

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