Kraken outpaces Coinbase as most liquid US exchange for altcoins: Kaiko

Quick Take

  • Kraken has emerged as the leading U.S. crypto exchange for altcoin trading, with around 50% of market depth for top 10 altcoins, per data from Kaiko.
  • Kraken’s market share among exchanges supporting USD deposits has risen to 21.1% in July from 8.3% in August 2022, attributed to its improved offering including Kraken Pro, despite a general industry-wide decline in trading volumes.

California-based crypto exchange Kraken has become the go-to market in the U.S. for altcoin trading, according to data from crypto research firm Kaiko, outpacing rivals like Coinbase.

Kraken commands 47% of the market depth for the top 10 altcoins, according to Kaiko. Market depth refers to a given market's ability to absorb a large buy or sell order without impacting the price of that market's asset. In the wake of last year's price drawdown and the meltdown of FTX, market depth and liquidity have been negatively impacted across exchanges and cryptocurrencies. 

Source: Kaiko

Increasing marketshare

In addition to its more robust market depth in alts, Kraken's marketshare among exchanges that support USD deposits has steadily increased over the last year, rising to 21.1% in July from around 8.3% in August 2022, according to The Block's data dashboard

In an email to The Block, a spokesperson for the exchange attributed the "outperformance" to an enhancement of its offering, pointing specifically to Kraken Pro. The advanced trading platform launched in December. 

"Our share of total volumes has hit an 18-month high. Our share of EUR spot markets has increased from 35% to 53% and AUD spot markets have increased 6x in the past 12 months," the spokesperson said. 

To be sure, the firm has not been immune to the industry-wide trend of declining volumes, with monthly trading volumes declining from a high of $28.07 billion in March to $13.6 billion last month. 

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