On May 20, the London-based analyst firm CryptoCompare released the April 2019 Exchange Review report, which states that fiat-to-crypto exchanges over recent months showed significantly better results than the crypto-to-crypto exchange.
As the study revealed, the fiat-to-crypto exchanges in April 2019 recorded an impressive hike (up to 85%) of monthly trading volumes, with the highest figures posted by Bithumb, UPbit and Bitfinex ($17 billion, $8.7 billion and $6.7 billion respectively).
It is worth noting that Bitfinex is the top-3 fiat crypto exchange, competing with such platforms as Kraken and Coinbase. However, the company is facing a legal conflict with the Prosecutor Office of the State of New York, which accused the exchange of illegal use of funds provided by Tether company ($850 million in total).
Other large crypto exchanges Coinbase, Kraken, Bitstamp and Coinsbit also managed to boost trade volumes in April amid stronger investors' interest in digital currencies during the so-called April Bitcoin rally.
The study of the British company also indicates that the volume of crypto-to-crypto stock exchanges increased only by 57% despite a significant rise in crypto prices observed of the last month. According to the market analysts, this gap may indicate that investors are more interested in the accumulation of cryptocurrency, rather than the conversion of one crypto active asset into another.
It was discovered in the process of the review that the FCoin crypto platform based in China demonstrated a 300% growth in trade in April. The platform recorded $37.1 billion, followed by OKEx ($35.1 billion) and ZB ($32.4 billion).