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Latin America’s Unprecedented Centralized Exchange Dominance

In this post:

  • Latin America leads in CEX preference, surpassing global trends.
  • Venezuela’s exceptional 92.5% CEX use is linked to a humanitarian crisis.
  • Argentina emerges as a cryptocurrency transaction powerhouse.

In a recent report by blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis has revealed that Latin American cryptocurrency users display a strong inclination towards centralized exchanges (CEXs) compared to their global counterparts. This preference for CEXs is one of the key findings in Chainalysis’ examination of cryptocurrency activity in the region, shedding light on the unique dynamics at play in Latin America’s crypto economy.

Latin America currently ranks as the seventh-largest cryptocurrency economy worldwide, lagging behind regions such as the Middle East and North America (MENA), Eastern Asia, and Eastern Europe. While it may not be the largest, the region stands out for its distinctive preference when it comes to cryptocurrency exchanges.

According to the Chainalysis report, Latin American crypto users have a pronounced inclination towards centralized exchanges, often referred to as CEXs. This preference for CEXs is more significant in Latin America than in any other region studied by Chainalysis. Additionally, the region tends to lean away from institutional activity compared to other parts of the world.

A closer look at Latin America’s crypto preferences and rankings

Within Latin America, some countries exhibit particularly pronounced preferences for CEXs over decentralized exchanges (DEXs), defying the global averages. Notably, in Venezuela, the preference for CEXs is remarkably high at 92.5%, while DEXs garner a mere 5.6% of user preference.

The report highlights that Venezuela’s unique surge in crypto adoption can be attributed to a “complex humanitarian emergency.” In 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, cryptocurrencies played a pivotal role in directly aiding healthcare professionals in the country. Traditional payment methods faced challenges due to the government’s reluctance to accept international aid for political reasons. This compelled Venezuelans to turn to cryptocurrencies as an alternative means of supporting essential services.

Colombia, another country in Latin America, demonstrates a significant preference for CEXs, with 74% of users favoring them, while DEXs account for only 21.1% of preferences. This substantial disparity showcases the dominance of centralized exchanges in the country’s cryptocurrency landscape.

Argentina stands out in terms of cryptocurrency transaction volume in Latin America, having received an estimated $85.4 billion over the 12-month period ending on July 1. This indicates a robust cryptocurrency ecosystem and a growing acceptance of digital assets within the country.

Chainalysis’ Global Crypto Adoption Index ranks countries based on their cryptocurrency adoption levels. In this regard, three Latin American nations have secured notable positions within the top 20 ranks. Brazil occupies the ninth position, highlighting its substantial presence in the cryptocurrency space. Argentina follows closely in 15th place, showcasing its increasing importance in the global crypto landscape. Mexico also earns recognition, securing the 16th position on the index.

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