Bitcoin P2P Trading Soars in India as New Exchange Launches

Bitcoin P2P trading volume in India has been growing rapidly, hitting record highs over the past weeks. Meanwhile, a new P2P trading platform has launched in India as the crypto industry awaits the government’s decision on a cryptocurrency law.

P2P Trading Volume Soars in India

Peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin trading in India has been hitting all-time highs over the past weeks. The growth accelerated after the country’s supreme court quashed the circular by the central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in March that banned banks from providing services to crypto exchanges.

According to Usefultulips, which combines data from two prominent P2P bitcoin marketplaces, Paxful and Localbitcoins, P2P bitcoin trading volume in India has consistently hit all-time highs since early June. For the week ending on Aug. 1, the trading volume was $4.40 million, an increase from $3.78 million. The site calculates the USD equivalent using bitcoin’s price derived from Cryptocompare’s Crypto Coin Aggregated Index.

P2P trading volume in INR (USD equivalent) by Usefultulips.

P2P bitcoin marketplace Paxful has been growing its operation in India where it has seen a significant increase in trading volume. For the week ending Aug. 1, a total of 226 BTC were traded on Paxful, which amounted to about 193 million rupees ($2.57 million), according to The P2P trading volume in INR has been hitting record highs multiple weeks in a row on the platform. Paxful CEO Ray Youssef commented on the growth of P2P trading in India: “The Indian market holds great potential and importance for the future of the crypto-economy. People in India are betting big on bitcoin presenting an opportunity for greater financial returns.”

On competing P2P bitcoin trading marketplace Localbitcoins, 161 BTC were traded in the same week, amounting to about 136 million rupees. While the trading volume on Paxful has been rising, it has been declining on Localbitcoins.

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