Gemini Trust Co., the U.S.-based digital-currency exchange founded by entrepreneurs Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, is introducing a daily bitcoin auction to facilitate price discovery and larger trades at lower costs.
The auctions, to be held at 4 p.m. New York time every day including holidays and weekends, at first will support just bitcoin-to-U.S. dollar trading, and will eventually expand to more currencies. Auction trades will be eligible for as much as a 0.15 percent rebate on trading fees, Gemini said.
By adding daily auctions starting Wednesday, Gemini is bringing to bitcoin a feature that’s long been available on exchanges such as the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and Bats Global Markets for other asset classes. It’s a step toward making the digital currency more attractive, and easier to use by institutional as well as retail investors, Gemini Chief Executive Officer Tyler Winklevoss said in an interview.
“We believe this is the first-ever end-of-day bitcoin exchange auction,” Winklevoss said. “Auctions create greater price discovery and liquidity, resulting in a very meaningful final auction price. If you were building a securities exchange today, an auction would be a core feature.”
Bitcoin trades 24 hours a day, but a buyer wishing to purchase a lot of bitcoins