Decentralized Exchange Token GMX Surges Amid Binance, FTX Listings

Tokens of the decentralized exchange GMX surged close to an all-time high Wednesday as Binance and FTX, two of the world’s most widely used crypto exchanges, announced plans to list the project.

GMX jumped to as high as $60 from around $40, data on crypto price tracker CoinGecko shows, the highest since January, when the price hit $62. The token has since pared some of its gains, changing hands at $48 at press time. Trading volume exploded, reaching $150 million in the last 24 hours, almost 20 times larger than the previous day, CoinGecko data shows.

GMX is a decentralized exchange (DEX), meaning that investors can buy and sell tokens without an intermediary using smart contracts. The platform offers low fees and so-called zero price impact trading, which allows more capital efficient trading without slippage.

The protocol gained popularity among cryptocurrency traders as it defied this year’s market rout. As other decentralized finance protocols saw their total value locked (TVL) – an important metric for how much capital a platform can capture – deflate, GMX’s TVL has grown consistently; it currently stands at a record-high $455 million, according to crypto data provider DefiLlama. Holders of the GMX token earn 30% of all the trading fees accrued on the exchange.

GMX stood out by consistently growing its protocol revenues and active users despite the rout in crypto markets. (Token Terminal)

Notoriously, in early September, a savvy trader exploited a loophole on GMX’s smart contract code to manipulate the price of AVAX, the Avalanche blockchain’s native token, netting over $500,000 to $700,000 in profits, CoinDesk reported.

Traders could deposit GMX and trade against BTC, USDT and BUSD pairs on Binance starting Wednesday at 10:00 UTC, the exchange said in a statement. FTX said it would allow trading in the token starting at 14:00 UTC.