Huobi Launches New Futures Liquidation Mechanism to Hedge Against Market Volatility

Huobi DM, the leading digital assets derivatives trading platform from Huobi Group, recently announced the launch of a new liquidation mechanism to systematically minimize user exposure during times of severe market volatility. As one of the world’s most active crypto derivatives markets, Huobi DM is introducing new safeguards as well as risk management and control to provide users with a safe, secure, and reliable trading platform.

Futures contracts allow users to speculate on the future price of underlying assets, but may also result in unnecessary exposure. In traditional futures trading, liquidation is triggered in full at the moment a user’s margin ratio is equal to or less than zero, which means sudden market swings can immediately liquidate highly leveraged positions and cause extensive user losses.

To help users hedge against liquidation risk, Huobi DM now provides partial liquidation, a new mechanism that gradually reduces a user’s positions rather than liquidating them in full in a single event. With the new mechanism, the system will automatically start liquidating a user’s positions in stages—at predetermined margin ratios determined by the user’s calculated exposure—until the margin ratio reaches above zero. The liquidation process also includes a circuit breaker function that halts liquidation when large or unusual deviations between the liquidation price and market price are detected.

“Market volatility creates new arbitrage opportunities for users, but it can also lead to unnecessarily high-risk circumstances if the right measures aren’t in place to protect them,” said Ciara Sun, VP of Global Business at Huobi Group. “Our goal is to safeguard our users’ assets while providing a robust trading experience, so we’re using this partial liquidation mechanism to minimize the downside without diluting the potential upside.”

All coins and leverages on Huobi DM are supported by partial liquidation, and the mechanism is available to users with no fees. Huobi DM also lowered its overall adjustment factor, also named maintenance margin ratio, a key liquidation indicator that directly impacts how margin ratios are calculated, to reduce the frequency of liquidation events.

Increased User Adoption

In less than 16 months since launching, Huobi DM has become one of the top cryptocurrency derivatives markets globally. According to recent data from CoinGecko, Huobi DM is the largest derivatives exchange by daily trading volume. Last month, Huobi DM’ average daily trading volume was $5.7 billion USD, a 227% increase since the end of 2019. 

Sun added, “An exchange’s liquidity is just as important as its features. Huobi DM has the highest daily turnover and market depth in terms of delivery contract, so we believe our new liquidation feature will have far-reaching benefits for the wider crypto community by helping minimize sudden price movements caused by abnormal liquidation events.”

System Improvements for Future Products

In addition to the new liquidation mechanism, Huobi DM received a firmware update (V 3.3.0) that increases transaction throughput by over 50% and doubles system response speed over the previous version, which will be critical for new products and the potential market change driven by the upcoming Bitcoin halving.

Later this month, Huobi DM will launch perpetual swaps with up to 125X leverage, starting with support for BTC swaps. As Huobi DM expands into new markets globally in 2020, other products in the pipeline include an OTC loan service and options trading.

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