Centralized exchange trading volumes have experienced their lowest point this year in April, following three months of consecutive growth. This dip in trading volumes comes as digital assets take a breather after a scorching first quarter. Blockchain data provider Kaiko reveals that April’s volumes were almost half of those in March, at approximately $500 billion, making April the weakest month in terms of volumes this year, while March stood as the strongest.
The data reveals that prior to April’s decline, volumes had reached pre-FTX collapse levels. Despite the recent drop, it is crucial to note that markets remain above 2020 levels concerning trade volumes. Kaiko stated that the crypto market is still considerably larger than before the 2020 bull run.
Legitimate centralized exchange spot volumes witnessed a decrease of 43.8% to $400.5 billion in April, according to data from The Block. This decrease is primarily attributed to Binance reintroducing fees on BTC pairs. With a market dominance of 71.6%, Binance maintains its position as the leader in the market.
Moreover, Binance handles a 24-hour trading volume of nearly $10 billion, significantly surpassing its closest competitor, Coinbase, with $1.1 billion. Last month, it was reported that Binance’s Bitcoin balance surged by over 50,000 BTC (approximately $1.5 billion) in just one month. This growth preceded the sell-off as BTC encountered heavy resistance just above the $30,000 level.
However, the American crypto exchange Coinbase has observed its app downloads declining as trading volumes decrease in the stagnant market. According to Apptopia, a research firm that monitors app usage metrics, this reduction in app usage may paint a bearish picture for the company.
The slump in centralized exchange (CEX) volumes coincides with digital asset markets retreating from their 2023 highs in mid-April. On April 16, the total market capitalization reached an eleven-month high of $1.34 trillion but has since fallen by 7.5% to $1.24 trillion.
While crypto markets have witnessed a 50% increase since the beginning of the year, they have been predominantly range bound for the past six weeks. Several analysts suggest that the correction is likely to persist, as markets endured an overheated first quarter. Despite the recent setbacks, centralized exchanges and digital asset markets remain poised for growth in the long term, continuing to adapt to the rapidly evolving landscape of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.