How to block trade cryptocurrency on OKX's Liquid Marketplace

Among the cutting-edge products and services offered on OKX is block trading, which is available on our Liquid Marketplace. Block trading enables users to enter or exit significant cryptocurrency positions without risking price slippage. OKX’s Liquid Marketplace allows you to block trade various instruments supported on the exchange and deploy more advanced multileg trading strategies.

This introduction to block trading on OKX's Liquid Marketplace will focus on creating a basic buy or sell order with our block trading feature. Subsequent tutorials will explain how to use the platform’s multileg and predefined strategies.

To start block trading on OKX's Liquid Marketplace, you must have know your customer (KYC) Level 2 and an account balance equivalent to $100,000 or more. Although this excludes some users, the threshold is lower than similar platforms targeting traditional financial institutions. That means OKX's Liquid Marketplace is an accessible and user-friendly way to deploy simple or advanced trading strategies in larger amounts.

How to block trade cryptocurrency on OKX's Liquid Marketplace

Get started by logging in to your OKX account. From the homepage, hover over 'Trade' and click Liquid Marketplace.

Block trading tutorial visual 1

At the Liquid Marketplace homepage, click on 'Start trading'.

Block trading visual 2 - How to start trading

If you've achieved KYC Level 2 and have more than $100,000 in your account, you'll arrive at the block trading section.

If you've not achieved KYC Level 2, you will see the screen below. You'll need to complete KYC and pass Level 2 to start block trading on OKX.

Block trading visual 3 - KYC alert

If your balance is too low, you'll see the screen below. You'll need to deposit more crypto or local currency to bring your balance above the threshold to start block trading on OKX.

Block trading visual 4 - minimum account value not met alert

Once you're taken into Liquid Marketplace, you'll be on the RFQ Builder page. Here, you can create a new custom request for a quote on the following screen. Then, click 'Build a new custom RFQ'.

Block trading visual 5 - custom RFQ builder

Next, choose the underlying asset you want to block trade from the list. You can scroll down or search for the relevant cryptocurrency by name or ticker.

Block trading visual 6 - choose underlying asset

You can block trade many of the hundreds of cryptocurrencies available at OKX. Block trading is particularly powerful when trading lower market cap cryptos where price slippage can be a real issue with bulk orders. Now, choose the instrument you want to trade. OKX’s block trading is super flexible — you can trade spot, perpetual swaps, futures, or options with the feature.

The instruments available will depend on the underlying cryptocurrency you select. If the instrument is available for the chosen asset, you can block trade it!

Choose whether you want to buy or sell the instrument using the 'B' button to buy and the 'S' button to sell.

Block trading visual 7 - buy or sell an asset

Then, enter the amount you want to buy or sell in the field that appears. When you've entered your block trade details, click 'Done'.

Block trading visual 8 - Enter buy or sell amount

Your created legs will appear in the 'RFQ Builder' section. You can then adjust the amount using the 'Quantity' field or remove the leg using the trash can button. The 'Ind. Notional' field displays the estimated value of the leg in local currency. Clicking the 'Clear All' button will remove all legs, allowing you to build a new RFQ from scratch.

The 'Add/Edit Legs' button lets you add additional legs to your block trade. This allows you to deploy more advanced block trading strategies, giving you absolute control over your trades. We’ll cover these strategies in a dedicated tutorial. For now, we’ll demonstrate a simple BTC buy.

Clicking 'Add/Edit Legs' also lets you edit the details of existing legs. It will open the instrument selection menu again, enabling you to tweak the essential details and really dial in your strategy.

Block trading visual 9 - Add or edit legs

You can select which counterparties to send your RFQ to by clicking the counterparties highlighted below.

Block trading visual 10 - selecting counterparties

Choose your desired counterparties by checking the box next to each. You can also use the 'Select All' option to send your RFQ to all available counterparties — up to a maximum of 15. Click 'Done' when you've chosen your counterparties.

Block trading visual 11 - sending RFQ to all counterparties

If you want to submit your RFQ anonymously, check the highlighted box. Then, double-check the details entered. When you’re happy with the order parameters, click 'Send RFQ'.

Block trading visual 12 - Sending an RFQ anonymously

Once you click Send RFQ, you'll automatically be redirected to the RFQ Board. On the RFQ Board, you’ll see the requests you've already sent. The board displays the creation date, time until expiry, and its status. It also shows quotes made by counterparties. RFQs will remain active for two minutes before expiring.

Your selected counterparties will respond with quotes for your RFQ. Responses will remain active for two minutes before expiry. The counterparty doesn’t know which side of the trade you'll take. This incentivizes them to provide the best possible price when quoting. They'll often provide quotes for both legs. They might also provide only a buy or sell quote.

You’ll see the quoted prices appear on the RFQ Board. To accept one, click either 'Buy' or 'Sell'.

Block trading visual 13 - Buying or selling at the quoted price

Next, check the order details on the following pop-up. To complete your block trade, click 'Confirm Execute'. The trade will execute away from the order books, meaning it won’t impact the price of the asset traded.

Additionally, other traders won’t know about your block trade and, therefore, can’t use knowledge of the trade to inform their own strategy. This make sure of a much better execution than if you were to make a large buy or sell via the exchange’s order book.

Block trading visual 14 - Executing an order

After making your order, it will appear on the RFQ Board as 'Filled'. You can then see the completed trade in the 'History' section at the bottom of the RFQ Board, in the reports center or in a trade recap sent via email.

Block trading visual 15 - How to see trading history

Trade with size with OKX

Making block trades on OKX is easy and accessible. No longer are block trades strictly reserved for well-connected institutions and hedge funds — crypto natives and other relatively high-net-worth individuals can reap the benefits, too.

If you meet the minimum balance threshold, you can easily trade crypto away from the order books and avoid price slippage, which can really put a dent in your potential rewards!

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