How real are Coinbase’s bankruptcy rumours?

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How real are Coinbase’s bankruptcy rumours?

 How real are Coinbase’s bankruptcy rumours?
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Highlights

  • Coinbase on Tuesday included a new risk factor based on the US Securities and Exchange Commission requirements.
  • DEXs such as UniSwap and Pancakeswap have outpaced centralised exchanges such as Coinbase and Binance.
  • A report from crypto investment firm Paradigm finds that Uniswap Protocol v3 has more than ~2x deeper liquidity than both Binance and Coinbase in Ethereum to the dollar, Ethereum to Bitcoin and other Ethereum pairs compared to other leading exchanges.

In this prolonged period of bearishness in the crypto market, it’s not just the investors who are taking a hit; the exchanges are also taking a severe beating. Leading crypto exchange Coinbase, too of late, has witnessed significant losses, giving its investors cold feet about future investments. The investors’ fear got further fuel when Coinbase on Tuesday included a new risk factor based on the US Securities and Exchange Commission requirements for firms who hold crypto assets for third parties.

This, along with other factors, has now made its investors consider investing in decentralised exchanges (DEX). Unlike a centralised exchange, the DEX allows the users to trade without the need for intermediaries. This also results in a reduction of transaction fees and offers greater liquidity on its platform.

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In fact, over the few months, DEXs such as UniSwap and Pancakeswap have outpaced centralised exchanges such as Coinbase and Binance. According to research by a crypto-focused investment firm, Paradigm, the decentralised exchanges are starting to see increased trade volumes whilst the likes of Coinbase are taking a beating.

How they have grown

The report finds that Uniswap Protocol v3 has more than ~2x deeper liquidity than both Binance and Coinbase in Ethereum to the dollar, Ethereum to Bitcoin and other Ethereum pairs compared to other leading exchanges.

When you further narrow it down, then the ETH/BTC trading pairs on Uniswap have generated more than ~3x higher liquidity than Binance and ~4.5x more liquidity than Coinbase. The report finds that one of the reasons for such a dominance over the centralized exchange can be linked to DEXs ability to offer greater liquidity than centralised exchanges. DEXs can do this using the automated market makers (AMM) model, which allows the users to directly interact with each other without the need for an intermediary.

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The Paradigm report in many ways, echoes what Chainalysis had found in its report about how DEXs have grown massively since 2019. Chainalysis report had suggested that DEXs had become popular largely on the back of DeFi, and it expected the DEX users to carry out bigger transactions and eventually grow in future. 

Coinbase’s bankruptcy rumours

Coinbase’s poor performance was also largely due to the reports suggesting that the exchange is on the verge of bankruptcy. The rumours got wind after the company’s disclosure which suggested that in the case of bankruptcy, the exchange will be holding the custody on behalf of its customers. This has set the cat amongst the pigeons, with several investors pulling their funds out of the exchange.

However, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong was quick to quell the rumours by saying that highlighting the risk factor doesn’t mean that the company is going bankrupt. In a detailed tweet, Armstrong clarified that Coinbase has no risk of bankruptcy. He added, Coinbase did add the new risk factor due to the SEC requirement called SAB 121, which is a newly required disclosure for public companies that hold crypto-assets for third parties.

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