itBit Bitcoin OTC Market Recap: May 2016 Infographic


Our monthly Bitcoin OTC Market Recap infographics are loaded with key OTC data ranging from trading volumes to spot price analysis. OTC market insights from our Director of Trading, Elizabeth Hamilton, are also provided below. 





May Bitcoin OTC Trading Letter from Elizabeth Hamilton

Execution volumes on our OTC desk were down overall in May. Volatility and volumes remained low across the bitcoin market over the first three weeks of the month. These sleepy weeks yielded smaller trade sizes and execution prices as well as no clear preference for discounts or premiums to market prices.

Volatility returned in a big way over the final week of May. The price of bitcoin surged nearly 25% to a 21-month high, driving up global exchange trading volumes and activity on our OTC trading desk.


May itBit Bitcoin OTC Market Data Summary

Total Bitcoin Volume Traded 19,710 XBT
Total USD Amount Traded $8.7 Million
Average Daily Trading Volume 635 XBT
Month-over-Month OTC Trading Volume Growth -16%

May itBit Bitcoin OTC Highlights

  • Traders in Southeast Asia and Japan significantly increased their share of executions, growing in absolute volumes even as our OTC desk volume decreased. North America still makes up a majority of our bitcoin OTC trading volume.
  • Average trade size (in XBT) on our OTC desk decreased 33% month-over-month in May.


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Elizabeth Hamilton
Director of Trading, itBit

Please note: itBit never double counts OTC volume or USD dollar amount traded.