GDAX exchange, a subsidiary of San Francisco-headquartered Coinbase, has announced that it will open its BCH/EUR order book on Wednesday January 24 at 02:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (PST). This will allow its European users to gain access to bitcoin cash trading directly, without having to exchange their euros to BTC first and paying a commission twice.
As we previously reported, in December 2017 Coinbase was forced to halt bitcoin cash trading on both platforms soon after it started, botching the launch. Besides operational problems like an inability to handle all the traffic to specific BCH liquidity issues, the company was also accused by many clients of enabling insider trading. The GDAX BCH/BTC order book was restored only on January 17, exactly a week before the BCH/EUR.
In order for the launch to go more smoothly this time, GDAX will handle the process in a measured and gradual fashion. The exchange team said that the BCH/EUR market will open at first in ‘post-only’ mode for a minimum of ten minutes before entering ‘limit-only’ mode followed by ‘full trading’ mode.
The decision to move the market from one mode to another is made by the GDAX Market Operations team, taking into consideration factors such as order book liquidity and price volatility. Looking at the BCH/BTC order book relaunch for example, we can see it took 37 minutes to transition from the first mode to the second and another hour and 48 minutes to reach the final stage.