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The Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange, OKEx, announced on October 25, it will be delisting more than 50 underperforming trading pairs.

Delisting Will Only Affect Trading Pairs – Users Can Still Keep Their Assets

According to the press release, the exchange plans to remove trading pairs with weak liquidity and trading volume, based on the “OKEx Token Delisting / Hiding Guideline.” The event will occur on Oct 31, at 06:00 CET and OKEx advised its users to cancel their orders of the affected trading pairs prior to the deadline. After the deadline, all active orders will be automatically canceled by the system and assets will be credited to users’ accounts.

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The exchange said, however, that only trading pairs will be delisted and clarified that the respective coins will not be affected.

“Please note that only the TRADING PAIRS with weak liquidity and trading volume, but NOT THE TOKENS themselves, will be delisted. Other satisfactory trading pairs can still be traded normally.”

Crypto Assets Are Constantly Evaluated at OKEx

Following the delisting announcement, Andy Cheung, Head of Operations of OKEx, provided a link to the “OKEx Token Delisting / Hiding Guideline,” which outlines the criteria based on which trading pairs are evaluated. He added that the listing of an asset is never final and good performance is essential to maintain its place on OKEx.

Commenting in a blog post, Cheung highlighted the importance of mitigating investors’ exposure on risky digital assets. He added:

“As leaders, we are responsible for promoting a robust ecosystem. Listing projects loosely or having 795 trading pairs is simply putting trader interests at risks. Housekeeping is necessary. We need to take action on those underperforming tokens now.”

Cryptocurrencies Currently Going Through a Correction Period?

Since last year’s frenzy, the crypto market has stabilized, and cryptocurrencies are going through a consolidation period lately. This narrowed trading range could be seen as a market correction, which gives exchanges the opportunity to reevaluate the performance of trading pairs. Similarly, at the beginning of October, Binance delisted Bytecoin (BCN), ChatCoin (CHAT), Iconomi (ICN), and Triggers (TRIG) from its platform.

Earlier this month, OKEx announced the listing of four stablecoins. Namely, TrueUSD (TUSD), USD Coin (USDC), Gemini Dollar (GUSD), and Paxos Standard Token (PAX) were added.  Consolidation periods are usually followed by breakouts, and stablecoins were created as a countermeasure to the extreme volatility digital currencies have shown before. Therefore, could such a move be anticipating a breakout waiting just around the corner?

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