Recent Trading Announcements

New ETHUSD Futures Went Live Today (5 May 2020) at 04:00 UTC

May 5, 4:41 AM

Today, 5 May 2020, our latest product, the ETHUSD quanto futures contract, went live. 

Trading started here at 04:00 UTC – see the full contract specs on our website

Reduction in Base Maintenance Margin – XBT and ETH Series – 5 May 2020

May 5, 4:15 AM

We have reduced our Base Maintenance Margin requirements for our XBT Series and ETH Series products today, 5 May 2020, with effect from 02:00:00 UTC as part of an ongoing trial period. Base Initial Margin requirements remain unchanged.

Please note that the cap on the absolute Funding Rate will change in line with its definition as 75% x (Initial Margin – Maintenance Margin) and the cap on Funding Rate changes between Funding Intervals (75% of Maintenance Margin) will also reduce.

Please see our blog post for further details.

Reduction in Base Maintenance Margin – XBT and ETH Series – 5 May 2020

May 1, 2:30 AM

On 5 May 2020 at 02:00:00 UTC, we will reduce the Base Maintenance Margin requirements for our XBT Series and ETH Series products as part of an ongoing trial period. Base Initial Margin requirements will be unchanged.

Affected contracts and corresponding Base Maintenance Margin requirements will be:

XBTUSD, XBTM20, XBTU20 0.40%
ETHUSD, ETHUSDM20, ETHM20 0.80%


These changes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and the end of this trial period will be announced with 1 week’s notice.

Please see our blog post for further details.

WebSocket Systems Upgrade Complete: Significant End-User Latency Improvements

April 22, 9:39 AM

From 17:00 to 19:30 UTC on 21 April 2020, BitMEX deployed the next-generation version of its Feeds architecture. This system is responsible for receiving raw data from the trading engine, reformatting it, splitting it into subscriptions, and publishing it to the edge servers.

The result is a 10x improvement in p90, p95, and p99 latencies in time spent in our internal Publisher system for most data feeds, with some feeds reaching nearly 20x. The most-impacted feeds were trade, orderBook (all types), order, and execution, across all symbols. The least-impacted feeds were position and margin.

Please see the blog post for more detailed information.

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