BitMEX Introduces USDC Perpetual Swap with Up to 10x Leverage and Large Max Position Sizes

BitMEX, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency derivatives exchanges, is set to launch a new perpetual swap listing for Bitcoin-margined USD Coin (USDC). The listing will enable traders to long or short USDC via BitMEX’s USDTUSDC perpetual swap, giving them the opportunity to speculate on the price of USD Coin and whether its peg will hold.

What sets BitMEX’s USDC listing apart is the ability for users to enjoy up to 10x leverage and one of the highest max position sizes in the industry. Traders can post margin in Bitcoin (XBT) and earn or lose in XBT as the USDT/USDC rate changes. This quanto risk premium may be one of the factors that results in the USDTUSDC perpetual swap trading at a premium or discount to the USDT/USDC spot price.

The new BitMEX listing is scheduled to go live on 12 March at 04:00 UTC, with the following contract details: Symbol: USDTUSDC, Margin currency: XBT, Bitcoin Multiplier: 0.0001 XBT (10,000 Satoshis), XBT Contract Value: USDTUSDC Price * Bitcoin Multiplier (10,000 Sat / 1 USD), Underlying: .BUSDTUSDC, Max Leverage: 10x, Risk limit: 50 XBT, Maker Fee: -0.01%, Taker Fee: 0.075%, Base Initial Margin: 10.00%, Base Maintenance Margin: 5.00%.

For those unfamiliar with USD Coin, it is a stablecoin that’s promised to be pegged to the US dollar on a 1:1 basis. Launched in September 2018, USD Coin is a popular alternative to other USD-backed cryptocurrencies like Tether (USDT) and TrueUSD (TUSD). The USD Coin launch was powered through a collaboration between Coinbase and Circle, via the co-founding of the CENTRE Consortium, which USDC’s governance depends on. CENTRE’s members are the sole entities capable of altering the circulating supply of USDC.

BitMEX’s USDC listing follows Binance’s recent reintroduction of USDC trading with the USDC/USDT trading pair. With the cryptocurrency market seeing renewed interest and investment in recent months, BitMEX’s new listing is likely to attract attention from traders looking to capitalize on the volatility of cryptocurrencies.

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