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Huobi

Huobi Exchange Review

Centralized

Huobi, founded and established by Jun Du in September of 2013, is a digital currency exchange or platform that was founded in China. Their headquarters is based in Singapore today and they have offices in a few other countries or jurisdictions. A Huobi exchange review reveals that this cryptocurrency exchange serves millions of users in 130+ countries. They offer 190+ cryptocurrency pairs and access to just short of 400 markets.
A Huobi exchange review also reveals that Huobi was once, at an accumulative turnover in excess of 1.2 trillion dollars (USD), the biggest digital asset exchange in the world with an almost 50% market share. This was before the Chinese government banned Bitcoin exchanges in September 2017, prompting Huobi to halt Bitcoin withdrawals as well as Yuan-to-Bitcoin trading. This negatively impacted Huobi and its customers – leading to substantial losses. This is the reason why Huobi China only exists today as a research and blockchain consulting platform.
The impact of the Chinese government’s decision to ban Bitcoin exchanges could be felt across the globe – as it negatively impacted crypto prices. However, digital currency exchanges based in China undoubtedly suffered the most, including Huobi. A Huobi exchange review reveals that the impact of this ban and prior controversies are probably the primary reasons for Huobi’s drop in rankings. One such controversy involved the depositing of crypto funds within the wrong wallets (September 2014). Another controversy involved the decision by Huobi and OKCoin to invest the equivalent of a $150 million of idle user funds in what is described as “wealth-management products” (August 2017).
Huobi is still ranked within the top 20 cryptocurrency exchanges by volume today, but much lower down the list than what was previously the case. In 2019, Huobi has been making clear efforts to reclaim more of the market. They have recently announced the launch of an OTC desk for institutional investors. On 22nd May, 2019, they ran a special “Bitcoin Pizza Day” promotion (commemorating the day that Laszlo Hanyecz purchased two pizzas for 10k BTC, back when a single bitcoin was worth only three cents). This promotion included discounted BTC, giveaways, and the launch of their new Reserve Right Token (RSR) stablecoin. This promotion caused a boost in the price of Huobi Token (HT) but it remains to be seen whether this will result in any long-term improvements of the platform’s overall trading volume and popularity.
Huobi Global has also joined in the IEO trend with its FastTrack launch platform. This platform was originally branded as Prime Lite but was renamed within weeks. It’s hard to say whether this was due to controversy over the ThunderCore IEO, or unrelated reasons.

  • 24h Trading Volume

    139705.268 BTC
  • Establish date

    2013
  • Headquater

    China

Huobi Exchange Review

  • Huobi Withdraw

    Free

  • Huobi Fees Discount

    Key clients or institutional clients can apply for a lower fee rate.

  • Huobi Deposit fees

    Free
  • Huobi Trading fees

    Full list of trading fees here.

  • Accepted Payment Method

    Crypto to Crypto only
  • Native Token

    Yes
  • Margin Trading

    Yes
  • Download Clients

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Huobi Exchange Score Analysis

Huobi is a Seychelles based cryptocurrency exchange with a good number of supported markets, large volume and prompt customer support. They have a large public team with a moderately experienced CEO. They have quite an impressive number of crypto supported and relatively low fees. However, crypto is not insured, so capital is possibly at risk.