Exchange tokens or how to strengthen the crypto portfolio in 2019

This year, exchange tokens showed the highest ROI relative to the market and other sectors: infrastructure projects or IoT. Some tokens, such as BTMX or BNB, have made almost 7X (X) since the beginning of the year, overtaking Bitcoin's price increase .


In 2019, exchange tokens gained great popularity. Almost every exchange considered it necessary to issue its token. CryptoRank is currently tracking 53 exchange tokens.

What is the reason for such popularity?

Crypto enthusiasts around the world are zealously inventing the use of cryptocurrency tokens. In many categories of projects, it is extremely difficult to create an economic system for the use of a token, and in 95% + projects, the internal ecosystem uses the token slightly or not at all.

In contrast, exchange tokens are a real case that can be built into the work of the exchange. Business development and an increase in trading volume on the exchange can positively affect the growth of the value of the token itself with its effective participation in the ecosystem of the exchange. The development of projects from other categories does not significantly affect the token, that is, the project and its token exist independently. In 2018, many tokens depreciated by almost 100% of the ICO for this reason.

Exchanges resemble the work of traditional profit-making companies. Exchange financial results affect the exchange token exchange rate due to its burning, as well as dividend or other bonus policy.

Why exchange token rates are growing

There are several models that use exchanges to maintain their token exchange rate or stimulate its growth. Here are some of them:

Later in this article we will consider them in more detail and try to determine the most effective and profitable model ...

Token Burning

Exchanges use a token burning model in the amount of a certain part of profit or commissions. In addition, token burning occurs during certain events, such as Fast Track and Huobi Prime lite on the Huobi exchange, which since April 2019 has burned tokens in the amount of 6 832 347 HT, which is $ 25 143 036 at a rate of $ 3.68. This is a significant part of the Huobi tokens that are in circulation. Details can be found here .

As a rule, exchanges provide information on the burning of tokens in the public domain. Therefore, it is easy to calculate how much the number of tokens in the circulation will decrease at a distance, and when it will happen.

How many tokens burn exchanges:
Okex - 30% of the commissions in the spot market.
Huobi - 20% of gross income + income from FastTrack .
Binance - 20% of net profit.
Bitfinex - 27% of gross income + at least 95% of recovered net assets from Crypto Capital + at least 80% of recovered funds from hacking BitFinex.


Some exchanges use the dividend model: Kucoin, Bibox, Switcheo and others. If payments exceed average returns, for example, from staking, landing or other passive income, then dividends are considered attractive and begin to support the price.
At each exchange you can find a calculator for calculating dividends.

Participation in IEO

To participate in IEO, you often need to own a exchange token. The fees of the CNNS project on the exchange are a clear example of using the exchange token to participate. The project raised $ 112,484,280 with a declared hardcap of $ 3,600,000. So CNNS fees showed a re-subscription of 3 124.56%.

Since the announcement of IEO on the exchange until the date of its holding, the value of the platform token has increased by 25.3% (from $ 0.75 to $ 0.94 with circulation of 150,000,000 GT). The capitalization of the GT token was about $ 141,000,000. This led to the use of 80% token allocation for IEO fees with strong pressure from buyers, IEO CNNS investors, who subsequently drove the price at a peak to $ 1.1. Despite this, Gate could not maintain interest in IEO at a high level and the token exchange rate declined, since it was no longer involved in the work of the exchange.

You can read more about investing in IEO in our previous article .

Mining and adding tokens to the circulation

An increase in circulation affects the exchange token exchange rate, therefore, an analysis of the schedule for unlocking or issuing exchange tokens is necessary. Some exchanges use transaction mining, for example, Bitmax or FCoin.
It should be assessed how much the circulation of tokens will increase over the period of interest and how much this can affect the price. Without demand growth, the release of new tokens will irreversibly lead to a drop in prices.

Commission discount

Most exchanges offer a discount on commission when using a exchange token. It is necessary to evaluate how this proposal is profitable, in demand and appropriate.

For example, the Binance and Huobi exchanges have introduced interesting models for the holding of exchange tokens. The more tokens, the greater the discount.

The use of exchange tokens for discounts amounts to millions of dollars.

Voting, access to services and exchange management

Exchange tokens often allow you to influence the ecosystem of the exchange.

Exchange tokens provide an opportunity to vote for projects, and thereby manage the listing system in their own interests. The wider the impact on the exchange system, the more valuable the token becomes.
Some features of the exchange token are not announced at all. For example, on the Binance and Huobi exchanges:

Application in other projects and qualities

Initially, the exchange token can find various applications outside the exchange. It can be used as a means of payment in other projects or as a native token on its own blockchain. A clear current example is the BNB token and the Binance Chain.

More and more projects are switching to Binance Chain. Therefore, cryptocurrency blockchain assessment indicators, for example, NVT indicator and others, are already beginning to be used to evaluate BNB.

Analysis of volume growth for the period

When evaluating, the historical growth of volume on the stock exchange is important in order to forecast growth for the future based on historical data and further possible prospects for increasing the volume. It is also necessary to analyze the change in the occupied market share in terms of trading volume.

Having analyzed the ratio of trading volume to the capitalization of the exchange token, we can conclude how much of this volume is capitalized. Perhaps even the token involved in the exchange system will not grow if it is expensive, and the volumes are not large. So it was, for example, at the Switcheo exchange. However, with the increase in volume, the growth of the token will not take long if the token itself occupies a significant place in the exchange ecosystem


As a result, a SWOT analysis of the exchange's capabilities and key risks should be carried out.

• Strengths (strengths),
• Weaknesses (weaknesses),
• Opportunities (opportunities),
• Threats.

All of these indicators should be used in a comprehensive manner, since only with all the indicators taken into account will a holistic picture emerge about the prospects of the exchange and its token.


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