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Huobi Global Review 2021

This review examines how to open an account at Huobi Global, supported crypto coins & countries, and fees for the different transactions on the platform. It also reviews withdrawal options, the safety, and security of the platform, the approach to regulation, deposit & withdrawal.

Author: Edith Reads Last updated: 30/11/2021
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Summary

Huobi Global exchange is one of the oldest and most reputable crypto trading platforms in the world. It also ranks highly among the most diversified crypto trading platforms. The exchange provides users with a wide range of digital assets and avails such other crypto-related services as a digital wallet, crypto mining pool, an earning and investment platform, and cloud storage services for other exchanges.

Like equally popular crypto exchanges, it has also developed a crypto coin native to the exchange – Huobi Token (HT). The crypto exchange is highly innovative, integrates some of the most popular crypto trading and market analysis tools, and embraces industry-standard security features around the platform.

This comprehensive Huobi Global guide covers everything about the Exchange. We’ll look at how to open an account at the exchange, Huobi Global supported cryptocurrencies, Huobi Global fees, customer support, online reviews, and more.

Pros & Cons

We will start by tabulating some of the pros and cons of using the platform in the table below, after which we will explain each in detail.

Advantages of Huobi Global

  • Huobi maintains a User Protection Fund
  • Highly responsive customer support available 24/7
  • It gives you access to a wide range of crypto and tokens
  • It is available on both desktop and Mobile
  • Allows derivatives trading – futures and swaps

Disadvantages of Huobi Global

  • Huobi is not a regulated exchange
  • It was in the past accused of falsifying trading volumes
  • Huobi Global was accused of investing client funds without their consent
  • Requires identity verification
  • It maintains low margins for leveraged trades

Pros

User protection fund: Huobi global maintains a user protection fund – some form of internal insurance scheme – that is aimed at protecting user funds from thefts and hacks. To fund the insurance pool, Huobi is regularly funneling portions of its profits to the fund. This insurance policy is similar to Binance’s SAFU (Secure Asset Fund for Users) and will be used to indemnify Huobi wallet users in case of losses occasioned by security breaches.

Responsive customer support: Both the Huobi desktop trading platform and the mobile app trader have the chat feature that you can use to contact the Huobi customer support team. The team is available 24/7, and the average response time on either platform is less than one hour.

Wide range of altcoins: Huobi exposes crypto traders to more than 300 cryptocurrencies and tokens and an equally large number of trading pairs and crosses.

Multiple trading platforms: Huobi crypto exchange users have the option of choosing between the desktop trading platform available for both Windows and macOS or the mobile trading platform available on both Android and iOS devices

Derivative trading: Like most other world-leading crypto exchanges, Huobi recently introduced derivatives trading features. Today, crypto investors on the platform are free to trade such derivatives as Futures, margined swaps, and options.

Cons

Huobi isn’t regulated: Unlike equally popular exchanges like Coinbase and Kraken that are regulated and licensed by leading finance regulatory agencies in the world, Huobi global exchange is not regulated. The exchange nevertheless introduced a regulated over-the-counter trading platform for the fiat to crypto exchanges – Huobi OTC Desk – and has signaled its interest in entering the US market, which requires that all crypto service providers be regulated.

Falsifying trading volumes: On March 10, 2018, Sylvain Ribes published a study “Chasing Fake Volumes: A Crypto Plaque,” in which he argues that as much as 81.8% of the trading volumes reported by Huobi exchange is made up. The Huobi platform founder and CEO – Leon Li – has, however, went ahead and rubbished these claims.

Investing user funds without consent: In August 2017, Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese newswire revealed that Huobi and OKCoin, the two largest Crypto exchanges in China – had invested as much as 1 Billion Yuan ($150 Million) of ‘idle’ client funds in high-risk-high-yield “Wealth Management Products” without explicit consent from the clients. This forced the Peoples Bank of China to intervene and issue warnings against Huobi and OKCoin exchanges.

Identity verification: Huobi claims that you do not need to verify your identity to exchange cryptocurrencies on their platform. But it also imposes restrictions on transaction and withdrawal limits for unverified users making it virtually impossible for a regular user to use the platform without passing the KYC and AML processes.

Low margins for leveraged trades: While Huobi recently introduced leveraged margin trading for their platform users, the margin levels offered on the platform are dwarfed by the leverage levels provided by its competitors. For instance, while Bitmex and Binance offer leverages of up to 100X and 20X respectively, the maximum leverage on Huobi is 3X.

Regulations, Offices & Supported Countries:

Regulation

Huobi Global exchange is not regulated. But their subsidiary – the Huobi OTC Desk is fully regulated and licensed by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission. Here, it operates under the DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) license issued by Gibraltar FSC.

Offices

Huobi Global launched in China in May 2013. However, it was forced to move its headquarters to Singapore in November 2017 when the Chinese government banished all crypto exchanges and crypto brokerage firms. Today, the crypto technology company maintains offices in China (as a Blockchain consulting and research firm), Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and the United States. We use the following tables to list the office locations:

Nationality Office Addresses
Singapore Customers: Asia Square Tower 1 #40–03, Singapore, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore
Non-Singapore Customers: Asia Square Tower 1 #40–03, Singapore, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore

 

Nationality Office Addresses
US Customers: 548 Market St, #17647., San Francisco, CA 94104, United States. NMLS #1790520
Non-US  Customers: Asia Square Tower 1 #40–03, Singapore, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore

 

Nationality Office Addresses
Japan Customers: Level 16 & 17, Roppongi Hills North Tower, 6-2-31 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
Non-US  Customers: Asia Square Tower 1 #40–03, Singapore, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore

 

Nationality Office Addresses
China Customers: Beijing, China. Block 2, Liangsheng Building, Block 29B, 11 Aningzhuang Road, Haidian District
Non-Chinese  Customers: Asia Square Tower 1 #40–03, Singapore, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore

 

Nationality Office Addresses
South-Korea Customers: 316 Teheran-ro, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Non-Korean  Customers: Asia Square Tower 1 #40–03, Singapore, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore

 

Nationality Office Addresses
Hong Kong Customers: Room 1404-05, 14/F, Nan Fung Tower 88 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong
Non-Hong Kong  Customers: Asia Square Tower 1 #40–03, Singapore, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore

Supported countries:

Huobi Global crypto exchange has, over the past seven years, expanded its operations to 200+ countries and territories across the world. Unfortunately, Citizens of some countries like China and the USA are banned from using the exchange due to regulatory restrictions imposed by their governments. The table below lists all the countries whose residents can sign up with Huobi Global.

Indonesia Lebanon Angola Malta Benin
Bahamas Chile Ghana Gibraltar Grenada
Serbia Guinea-Bissau Tonga Kenya Finland
Namibia Oman Jamaica Palau Solomon Islands
Kyrgyzstan Tunisia Montenegro Peru Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago Yemen Bahrain Belarus Bulgaria
Colombia Cuba Cyprus Algeria Burkina Faso
Cambodia Kuwait Russian Federation Saint Lucia South Sudan
Tanzania Turkey Virgin Islands, British South Korea Italy
Japan Australia Canada Cameroon Chad
Dominica Denmark France Greece Haiti
Iceland Libya Mexico Belize Nepal
Romania Cape Verde Senegal Sri Lanka United Kingdom
Malawi Netherlands Maldives Qatar Botswana
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Slovenia Sudan Taiwan
Tuvalu Vatican City Uruguay Malaysia Moldova
Nauru Papua New Guinea Zambia Andorra Bolivia
Afghanistan Congo Côte d’Ivoire Laos Dominican Republic
Mauritania Egypt Gabon Morocco Uganda
Nigeria Swaziland Vietnam Austria Barbados
Djibouti Bosnia and Herzegovina Equatorial Guinea Comoros Fiji
Estonia Mali Ethiopia Hong Kong Ireland
Macedonia Philippines Poland Madagascar Sierra Leone
Vanuatu Panama Portugal Samoa Saudi Arabia
Timor-Leste Albania Burundi Guinea Iran
Armenia Bangladesh Belgium Kiribati Lithuania
Bhutan Mongolia Cayman Islands Myanmar Niger
Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Slovakia Czech Republic Thailand
Ecuador United Arab Emirates Germany India Liechtenstein
Liberia Luxembourg Marshall Islands Monaco Mozambique
New Zealand Pakistan Togo Uzbekistan Venezuela
Zimbabwe Antigua and Barbuda Croatia Argentina Kazakhstan
Guyana Central African Republic Lesotho Norway Paraguay
San Marino Spain Switzerland Suriname Tajikistan
Guatemala Honduras Iraq Mauritius Nicaragua
Singapore Somalia Azerbaijan Brazil Brunei
China Costa Rica Georgia El Salvador Hungary
Israel Jordan Latvia Micronesia Seychelles
South Africa Turkmenistan Ukraine Isle of Man Kosovo
Eritrea The Gambia Emirates of Dubai El Salvador East Timor
Diego Garcia Cook Islands Bermuda Australian Overseas Territories Ascension
Aruba Anguilla Falkland Islands Faroe Islands French Guiana
French Polynesia Greenland Guam Guadeloupe Mariana Islands
Martinique Montserrat Netherlands Antilles New Caledonia Niue
Reunion Seychelles Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Lucia Tokelau
Wallis and Futuna Yugoslavia Zaire

List of Coins and Crosses

According to the Huobi Global website, Huobi exchange supports 312 cryptocurrencies, tokens, and stable coins. It also presents you with an unlimited number of crypto-to-crypto crosses. Note, however, that unlike such highly versatile crypto exchange platforms like Changelly that allow you to exchange one crypto for virtually any other crypto, Huobi lists several major coins that can be used as the base rate and traded against the rest of the cryptocurrencies and tokens. Nevertheless, the exchange regularly updates this list by introducing more crypto pairs and eliminating others. We list below all the supported coins and their short codes on the Huobi exchange for easier identification;

Algorand (ALGO) Basic Attention Token (BAT) Balancer  (BAL) Bitcoin (BTC) Bitcoin ABC (BCHA) Bitcoin Gold (BTG)
Chainlink (LINK) Compound (COMP) Cosmos (ATOM) Curve (CRV) MakerDAO (DAI) Dash (DASH)
Band Protocol (BAND) EOS (EOS) Ethereum (ETH) Ethereum Classic (ETC) Filecoin (FIL) Decentraland (MANA)
ICON (ICX) PAY (TenX) Golem (GNT) DigixDao (DGD) Lisk (LSK) Litecoin (LTC)
Melon (MLN) Monero (XMR) OmiseGO (OMG) Nano (NANO) Raiden Network (RDN) Status Network Token (STN)
Polkadot (DOT) Ripple (XRP) Qtum (QTUM) Siacoin (SC) Stellar Lumens (XLM) Storj (STORJ)
Synthetix (SNX) Tether (Omni Layer, ERC20)* (USDT) Tezos (XTZ) Tron (TRX) Uniswap (UNI) USD Coin* (USDC)
WABES (WAVES) Yearn.Finance (yfii finance) Zcash (ZEC) VenChain (VEN) ZRX (OX) Metal (DAI)
Quantstamp (QSP) Ripio (RCN) Monaco (MCO) Airswap (ASP) Tierion (TNT) Smar Mesh (SMT)
Bitcoin Diamond (BCD) QASH (QASH) Time New Bank (TNB) ITC (ITC) CybermILES (CMT) Acute Angle Cloud (AAC)
ArcBlock (ABT) Aeternity (AE) Akropolis (AKRO) Ankr Network (ANKR) Ardor (ARDR) ARPA Network (ARPA)
Atlas Protocol (ATP) BitCapitalVendor (BCV) BitcoinHD (BDH) Bluehelix Exchange (BHT) BIX Token (BIX) BeeNews (BKTB)
Bluezelle (BLZ) ContentBOX (BOX) Bitcoin SV (BSV) BitTorrent (BTT), BitUp (BUT) Commerce Data Connection (CDC)
Nervos (CKB) Content Neutrality Network (CNN) CNNS (CNNS) Covalent (COVA) Carry (CRE) Crypto.com (CRO)
Cortex (CTXC) CVCOIN (CVCOIN) Content Value Network (CVNT) Davinci Coin (DAC) DATx (DATx) Decred (DCR)
DigiByte (DGB) Dock (Dock) Dogecoin (DOGE) EduCoin (EDU) Engine (EGCC) Egretia (EGT)
EKT (EKT) Eminer (EM) Electrneum (ETN) Fair.Game (FAIR) The Force Protocol (FOR) Fusion (FSN)
FANSTIME (FTI) FTX Token (FTT) Themis (GET) Groestlcoin (GRS) Gatechain (GT) Game.com (GTC)
GEMINI DOLLAR (GUSD) Global Village Ecosystem (GVE) HitChain (HIT) Hive (HIVE) Hydro Protocol (HOT) Huobi Pool Token (HPT)
InvestDigital (IDT) Intelligent Investment Chain (IIC) Influence Chain (INC) IOTA (IOTA) IRISNet (IRIS) KAN (KAN)
KCash (KCASH) Komodo (KMD) Lambada (LAMB) Libra Credit (LBA) EMOGI Network (LOL) Loom Network (LOOM)
LITEX (LITEX) Lympo (LYM) MATRIX (MAN) MEX (MEX) MyToken (MT) MX Token (MX)
Machine Xchange Coin (MXC) Whole Network (NODE) Pundi X (NPXS) NULS (NULS) Origin Network (OGN) Origo.Network (OGO)
Harmony (ONE) Ontology Gas (ONG) Ontology (ONT) Project PAI (PAI) PAXOS STANDARD (PAX) PromotionalChain (PC)
Phoenix (PHX) Penta (PNT) Polymath (POLY) Portal (PORTAL) Pivot (PVT) RSK (RBTC)
RCCC (RCCC) Republic Protocol (REN) Reserve Rights (RSR), Rate3 (RTE) ShareX (SEXC), ShineChain (SHE),
Skrumble Network (SKM), All Sports Blockchain (SOC), Smartshare (SSP), Steem (STEEM), TOP Network (TOP), ThingsOperatingSystem (TOS),
Tripio (TRIO) ThunderCore (TT) TRUE USD (TUSD) YouLive Coin (UC), Ultrain (UGAS), UnlimitedIP (UIP),
U Network (UUU), Vechain (VET), VidyCoin (VIDY), V SYSTEMS (VSYS), Wanchain (WAN), WAX Token (WAXP),
MEETONE (MEET) Musk (Musk) Nucleus Vision (NCASH) NeuroChain Clausius (NCC), Newton (NEW), Nexo (NEXO),
New Kind of Network (NKN) WAX Token (WAXP) Waltonchain (WTC) Wirex (WXT) XMAN (Xmx) VERGE (Xvg)
ZCoin (XZC) Yuan Chain (YOC) Horizen (ZEN) Arweave (AR) ZILDT Distributed Network (ZILT) Alchemy Pay (ACH)
Achain (ACT) EOSADD (ADD) Adex (AdEX) AIDOC (AIDOC) AppCoins (APPC) Arweave (AR)
Bank To The Future (BFT) Bitcoin File (BIFI) Bancor Network Token (BNT) Bounce Token (BOT) Bytom (BTM) BitShares (BTS)
BeeChart (CHAT) Chromia (CHR) Chiliz (CHZ) Crust (CRU) Civic (CVC) Powerpool Concentrated Voting Power (CVP)
Datnum (DAT) DeepBrain Chain (DBC) dForce (DF) DKargo (DKA) DATA (DTA) Echolink (EKO)
Elastos (ELA) Elf (Elf) Enigma (ENG) Everex (EVX) Frontier (FRONT) GAS (GAS)
Genaro Network (GNX) HCash (HC) Hedera Hashgraph (HBAR) Huobi Token (HT) HUOBI 10 (HB10) HUSD (HUSD)
IOST (IOST) JUST (JST) Aave Protocol (LEND) LinkEye (LET) LoopRing (LRC) Lunyr (LUN)
Luna (LUNA) MediShares (MDS) CoinMeet (MEET) MakerDAO (MKR) Meta (MTA) Medicalchain (MTN)
Odyssey (OCN) Simple Token (OST) Pearl Finance (PEARL) Phala (PHA) Power Ledger (POWR) PROPY (PROPY)
QunQun (QUN) renBTC (RENBTC) Request Network (REQ) Darwinia Network (RING) Ruff (RUFF) RavenCoin (RVN)
SALT (SALT) The Sandbox (SAND) Seele (SEELE) Sirin Labs (SRN) SunContract (SNC) Sirin Labs (SRN)
STK Token (STK) Standard Tokenization Protocol (STPT) Sushi (SUCHI) Swftcoin (SWFTC) Swerve (SWRV) Theta (THETA)
Titanswap (TITAN) Topchain (TOPC) Tellor Tributes (TRB) UMA (UMA) UTRUST (UTK) Value Liquidity (VALUE)
Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) Waykichain (WICC) Wrapped NXM (WNXM) Waykichain (WICC) Wrapped NXM (WNXM) Wootrade (WOO)
WePower Network (WPR) NEM (XEM) Robonomics Network (XRT) YAMv2 (YAMV2) Yee (YEE) Yearn.finance (YFI)
Matryx (MTX) Nebulas (NAS) New Bitshares (NBS) NEAR Protocol (NEAR) NEO (NEO) NEST (NEST)
Zilliqa (ZIL) ZILLA (ZLA)

Supported fiat currencies:

The fiat currencies supported on the platform include:

UK Pound Sterling(GBP) Euro(EUR) US Dollar(USD) Chinese Yen (CNY) Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) Vietnamese Dollar (VND)
Malaysian Rupee (MYR) Taiwanese Dollar (TWD) Russian Ruble (RUB) Australian Dollar (AUD) South Korean Won (KWR) Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Philippine Peso (PHP) Indian Rupee (INR) Swedish Franc (CHF) Nigerian Naira (NGN) Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) Brazilian Real (BRL)
Emirates Dirham (AED) Turkish Lira (TRY) New Zealand Dollar (NZD) South African Rand (ZAR) Norwegian Krona (NOK) Danish Crone (DKK)
Swedish Krona (SEK) Singapore Dollar (SGD) Argentine Peso (ARS) Thai Bhat (THB) Columbian Peso (COP) Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Bulgarian Lev (BGN) Peruvian Sol (PEN) Czech Koruna (CZK) Croatian Kuna (HRK) Hungarian Forint  (HUF) Moldovan Leu (MDL)
Polish Zloty (PLN) Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH) Azerbaijani Manat (AZN) Chilean Peso (CLP) Costa Rican Colon (CRC) Dominican Peso (DOP)
Georgian Lari (GEL) Israeli New Shekel (ILS) Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT) Moroccan Dirham (MAD) Mexican Peso (MXN) Namibian Dollar (NAD)
Qatari Riyal (QAR) Uruguayan Peso (UYU) Uzbekistani Som (UZS) Cambodia Riel (KHR) Saudi Arabian Riyal (SAR) Venezuelan Boliver (VES)
Albanian Lek (ALL) Macedonian Denar (MKD) Romanian Leu (RON)

Crypto Crosses

Huobi Global exchange has six base currencies: USDT, HUSD, BTC, ETH, HT, and ALTS. USDT, HUSD, and BTC can be exchanged for virtually any other currency supported on the platform. Currently, the only altcoins (ALTS) that can be traded on the platform are the BTT/TRX pair.

Keep in mind that Huobi Global is regularly updating the supported crosses on its platform by adding liquid and popular cryptocurrencies/tokens and removing underperforming coins. You are advised to constantly check the Huobi Blog or their GitHub repository for news on added/removed crypto crosses.

Crypto to Fiat exchange

As we mentioned earlier, Huobi recently introduced the Huobi OTC Desk – the highly regulated arm of Huobi crypto exchange that supports crypto to fiat conversions. Here, you can purchase a wide range of crypto using the supported fiat currencies. They have also featured a ‘Buy Crypto’ tab on the exchange website where you can buy crypto using fiat or sell crypto for fiat quickly and without leaving the platform.

Currently, Huobi has a VISA card as the only supported payment processing method on the Buy Crypto section for the crypto selling page. The service is, however, not universal and is only available in a limited number of countries. We must also add that the number of supported currencies will also vary from one country/region to another.

Trading Fees

When spot trading on the Huobi exchange, you will be charged a maker or taker fee depending on your trading level. This level is determined by your HT (Huobi Token) holding and total trade volume in the past 30 days. The Maker and Taker fee rate for a new and inactive trader is 0.2000%. Here are the spot trading fees for the different trading levels:

LEVEL HT HOLDING USE HT DEDUCTION
HT Maker Taker
LV. 1 ≥ 0 0.2000%
LV.2 ≥ 10 0.1800%
LV.3 ≥ 100 0.01600%
LV.4 ≥ 500 0.01200%
LV.5 ≥ 1000 0.0900%
LV.6 ≥ 2000 0.0800%
LV.7 ≥ 5000 0.0700%

Margin trading fees

Like spot trading, margined trade attracts a progressive daily fee. The rate charged for your margined trades will also be based on your trading level, which is determined by your trading HT holdings and trading volumes in the last 30 days. For new and inactive traders, the interest rate for margined trades is 0.0980%. The discounted rate for the different levels are:

LEVEL HT HOLDING BASIC RATE HT DEDUCTION
HT Daily Rate Daily Rate
LV. 1 ≥0 0.0980% 0.0980%
LV. 2 ≥10 0.0980% 0.0882%
LV. 3 ≥100 0.0980% 0.0784%
LV. 4 ≥500 0.0980% 0.0588%
LV. 5 ≥1000 0.0980% 0.0441%
LV. 6 ≥2000 0.0980% 0.0392%
LV. 7 ≥5000 0.0980% 0.0343%

Fiat trading fee rate

Fiat traders on Huobi Global exchange don’t have to pay Taker fees. Makers will, however, be subjected to a basic fee rate. However, ordinary traders are offered a trade discount of between 35% and 90% depending on your trading level that is also determined by your HT holdings and trade volumes over the past 30 days. The discounted fees based on the trader level are:

LEVEL HT HOLDING BASIC RATE HT DEDUCTION
HT Maker Discount Taker Discount
LV. 1 ≥0 No Discount Free
LV. 2 ≥10 90% Free
LV. 3 ≥100 80% Free
LV. 4 ≥500 60% Free
LV. 5 ≥1000 45% Free
LV. 6 ≥2000 40% Free
LV. 7 ≥5000 35% Free

Trading Platforms, Account Opening & How to Buy Crypto:

Huobi Global Desktop Trading Platform:

Huobi Global maintains a highly sophisticated desktop trading platform. It is highly intuitive, with most of its features carefully placed on the site’s display for easy navigation. And while a little experience with similar trading exchanges can go along in easing your transition onto the platform, you don’t need to be a crypto trading expert to interact with the Huobi Global desktop trading platform. It is quite beginner-friendly. Plus, on the website is a stack of educational resources that you can use to learn how to navigate the platform and interact with most of its features.

The Huobi global desktop trading platform is also feature-rich and hosts a wide range of trading and market analysis tools. These include the order book, charting tools, market trends, and risk management tools that you can use to monitor the markets and manage your trades in real-time. Transaction processing speeds on the platform are also relatively fast, with zero slippage.

The process of registering for a user account on the platform is also straightforward. For starters, the company will only ask for your email and phone number when completing your user profile. And you can start trading crypto immediately. Further, the process of verifying the identity of users that either wants to Buy crypto using fiat on the platform or expand their trading limits is also straightforward and fast. It only takes a few hours to the next day to verify your identity and lift the trading limits.

Here is a screengrab of the Huobi Global desktop trading platform. We explain the key features captured here below:

Buy Crypto

The Buy Crypto tab presents Huobi desktop trading platform users with four quick trading options; the buy, sell, convert, and P2P market. The buy section of the webpage makes it possible for verified Huobi Global users to purchase popular cryptocurrencies and tokens using the fiat currencies. It essentially simplifies the crypto purchase program by making it possible to buy crypto without necessarily leaving the platform for Huobi OTC Desk. Similarly, the Sell option, on the other hand, makes it possible for you to sell your crypto for fiat without leaving the Huobi Global platform.

You can also use the ‘Convert’ tab to exchange one type of crypto for another at highly competitive prices. The P2P Market, on the other hand, is a peer-to-peer marketplace for Huobi Users that are looking to bypass the complexities of the trading platform and the long wait on the order book. Here, you are allowed to create a trade by listing the coin you are looking to sell, set your selling price, and preferred payment method.

Markets

The Market section of the Huobi Global desktop platform comes in handy for users looking to monitor the price of all the supported coins, tokens, and other featured items in real-time. It has the FAV tab that lets you create a customized list of the coins and tokens you would like to monitor and the HB10 Index that monitors the real-time price performance of 10 coins listed on Huobi. These are handpicked by Huobi Global managers to reflect the platform’s performance as they have the highest market value and better circulation.

It also features the exchange tab that you can use to view the exchange price of all the supported coins on the Huobi Global platform. It is a dashboard that outlines the pair’s last price, the percentage change in price, its highest and lowest price levels, and the trading volumes. It also features the price trend section on the far right that outlines the top gaining pair, the newest listed pair, and trading volume leaders.

Next to the exchange is the Futures tab that outlines the price changes for the margined trades. These are broken into Coin-margined swaps and USDT-Margined swaps, and like the exchange tab, outlines their price-performance starting with the last price, percentage change, highest and lowest price levels, open interest, and trade volumes.

Spot trading: Exchange, Margin, Brokerage (OTC)

The Spot trading tab features the trading arm of the Huobi Global desktop platform. It has both exchange and margin-trading sections that you can use to monitor the crypto markets by looking at the price trends of individual cryptocurrencies, monitor the crypto order book, view all open orders, and manage risks. The only difference between the exchange and Margin sections is that while the exchange details the raw price of all crypto listed with the Huobi exchange, the Margin tab will only list the price of crypto that can be traded with leveraged funds.

In addition to the two is the Brokerage(OTC) option that redirects you to the regulated fiat-to-crypto trading arm of Huobi exchange. Here, you can exchange fiat for crypto using the Huobi brokerage desk and vice versa. However, you must be first subjected to identity verification – the KYC and AML – protocols before using the platform.

Derivatives: Futures, Swaps, Options

The Derivatives tab is quite similar to the spot trading tab, in that they both are the trading arms of the Huobi exchange. But while spot trading deals with cryptocurrencies, tokens, and fiat currencies, Derivatives lists the values of the crypto derivatives like futures, options contracts, and swaps. And just like the Derivatives and the Spot Trading arms of Huobi exchange, they all outline the real-time price of the different tradable products, the order book, open order section that lets you view all your open orders, and the risk management sections.

Wealth management: Mining, Savings, lending asset custody, asset servicing

The Wealth Management section of the website is the investing and earning arm of the Huobi Global Exchange. It has multiple sections that include Locking & mining, C2C lending, Asset custody, asset servicing, Savings, Buy HUSD, and Pool Savings.

The C2C lending platform is the Huobi Global exchange’s lending arm that lets its users profit from loaning their digital assets to other Huobi users for a limited amount of time. It allows you to borrow either USDT or BTC from other Huobi Global platform users for a maximum of 30 days at a daily interest rate of between 0.01% and 0.098%.

The Savings platform allows you to save your digital assets and earn a guaranteed interest rate. The platform is open to all Huobi clients and supports either BTC or Tether(USDT). However, the interest is variable and is updated daily (it currently stands at 7.00% APR for USDT and 3.5% APR for BTC). Huobi Global doesn’t lock your funds, and you are free to redeem your earnings or withdraw the savings at any time and without issuing prior notice.

Buy HUSD option is an appreciation of the highly volatile crypto markets and was born of the need to protect Huobi Global exchange users from falling victim to uncontrolled price volatilities. HUSD is an ERC-20 stable coin developed by Huobi exchange and whose value is pegged 1:1 to the US Dollar. Buying HUSD comes in handy during periods of extreme downside market volatility as it helps you preserve the value of your assets. The process of buying HUSD is relatively easy and straightforward. Plus, you can invest in several third-party DeFi platforms and earn interest.

The Huobi Global Asset Custody service offers custodial services to both individual Huobi clients and institutions. According to Huobi Global website, the Asset custody is ideally meant to provide ‘Safe and more professional’ storage services for their clients. It is a premium and voluntary service where you are required to apply by submitting the intention for custody. One of its minimal requirements is that you must have above 10 Bitcoins. Here is a table showing the custody fees for different amounts of BTC.

Accumulated Custody asset (BTC or equivalent) Annualized fee rate (50% off for a limited time)
≥ 10 1%
≥ 100 0.8%
≥ 500 0.6%
≥ 1000 0.4%

 

Order Book

The order book is an integral part of virtually all the trading pages of Huobi Global, especially the Spot Trading and Derivatives sections. It appears next to the charts and features the “Buy Orders” that list the prices different clients are willing to buy a particular asset and the “Sell Orders” that list the prices that different sellers are willing to dispose of their crypto assets. On both buy and sell sides, the order book lists the price of the coin, the amount to buy/sell, and the total value of the trade.

Order history

The order history tab is located at the bottom of the spot trading and derivatives trading windows and outlines all your closed trades. It lists the coins you have opened in the past and comes in handy in helping you understand your trading history.

Risk management

The risk management tools available to Huobi Global desktop platform users include the limit, stop limit, and trigger order. They are all located immediately below the chart on both spot trading and derivatives trading windows. The limit here allows you to place a limit price at which the buy/sell order can be executed. On the other hand, the stop-limit order – also known as the stop price – lets you set the price at which the platform will automatically close or enter into a trade. The difference between the limit and stop-limit order is that the limit is visible to the market while the stop loss is invisible. The trigger order is automation that lets you set the price that, if triggered, allows the platform to place your order.

Open orders

The Open order tab sits next to the order history tab at the bottom of the trading window and outlines all your open orders. It highlights such information as the crypto trading pair, the trading side (buy/sell), the price, the total amount, and the trigger condition, and an indication of whether it is executed or in the queue. The tab lets you monitor all your trading activity in real-time and simplifies the process of pausing and closing trades.

How to open a user account on Huobi desktop exchange

Huobi Global maintains one of the easiest and most straightforward user registration processes. We break it down in the step-by-step guide below:

  1. On your browser, open www.huobi.com
  2. Click on the “Sign Up” button on the top right side of the website
  3. Complete the registration form on the registration page using either the Phone or email option. If you choose to create an account using the phone option, you will be required to choose your nationality, enter your phone number, and create a user password. If you choose to use the email option, you will be required to choose your nationality, enter a valid email address, and set the account password.
  4. A verification code will be sent to either the phone number or email account
  5. Verify that you have received the code
  6. Your Huobi user account is now active and ready to use

How to exchange cryptocurrencies on Huobi desktop:

The process of opening trade on Huobi is straightforward and quite beginner-friendly. Here is how to go about it:

  1. Open the Huobi Global website and login into your user account
  2. On the user dashboard, click on the “Buy Crypto” tab on the top left side of the webpage
  3. Of the three options given in the next table, choose “Convert.”
  4. Note” You will first need to deposit crypto into your Huobi wallet
  5. From the drop-down menu on the upper bar, select the crypto at hand and on the other bar, select the crypto you wish to hold
  6. Hit the ‘Convert Now’ button

How to place crypto trades on Huobi crypto exchange desktop:

Here is the step-by-step guide on how to place a trade on Huobi exchange:

  1. Open the Huobi Global website and log in to your user account
  2. First, ensure that you have enough funds in your Huobi account.
  3. On the user dashboard, click on the “Spot Trading” tab and choose “Exchange” from the drop-down menu
  4. From the trading window, select the base currency for your trade (can be USDT, BTC, ETH, HUSD, HT, or ALTS) and its crypto pair
  5. On the Exchange section immediately below the crypt pair chart, chose if you want to initiate a ‘Limit’ or ‘Market’ order. The difference between the two is that the market order will be filled immediately while the limit order can only be filled by a seller who meets your trade requirements
  6. Set the trade amount
  7. Hit the “Buy” button
  8. You can now monitor the trade progress on the “Open Orders” tab below

How to buy crypto using Fiat on Huobi desktop

Here is the step by step guide on how to buy Cryptocurrencies using fiat on Huobi Global desktop trading platform:

  1. Open the Huobi Global website and log in to your user account
  2. On the top left side of the dashboard, click on the “Buy Crypto” tab
  3. Step 3: Of the three options given on the “Quick Buy/Sell” page, click “Buy.”
  4. From the drop-down menu of the “Pay” bar, select the fiat currency that you intend to use to buy crypto
  5. From the drop-down menu of the “Receive” bar, select the cryptocurrency that you wish to buy
  6. Chose a Visa card as your preferred payment option
  7. Choose the third-party fiat to crypto processing service you would like to use in fulfilling the order (Simplex, Banxa, Huobi, or Koinal). For this guide, we chose Simplex
  8. You will now be redirected to the Simplex exchange. Follow the prompts to complete the transaction

Huobi Global Mobile Trading App

The Huobi Global mobile app – also known as Huobi Lite – is an app-based crypto trading platform for both Android and iOS device users. According to its developers, it is the simplified version of the Huobi desktop trading platform and is specially tailor-made to appeal to crypto beginners. It was launched in November 2017, boasts of over 1 million downloads and a rating of 4.8/5 on the Apple Store and 3.5/5 on Google Play Store. Like the Huobi Global website, the Huobi Lite app is multi-lingual – available in 8 languages and rich in trading and crypto market analysis tools.

The app is also feature-rich and allows users to engage with most of the services offered by its desktop companion. It has a full-feature trading platform that supports:

Simply put, it is a stand-alone trading platform that also allows you to make fiat and crypto deposits or withdrawals.

You can also create a Huobi Global wallet using the app in an easy, beginner-friendly, and a rather straightforward process. Let us break this step-by-step registration process before looking at how to deposit/withdraw funds and trade using the app.

How to create a user account on Huobi mobile app

Here is the step-by-step guide on how to create a user account on Huobi Lite:

  1. Start by downloading the Huobi app compatible with your device on either the Apple App Store, Google Play store, or the Huobi wallet website.
  2. Install and launch the mobile app. Plus, read and agree to Huobi Global user agreement and privacy policy.
  3. The mobile app will now ask if you are a beginner or an experienced trader to match you with corresponding trading tools.
  4. Note: For the purposes of this guide, we chose Beginner trader
  5. You will be directed to the signup page where you can choose to register using email or phone number. Choose your nationality, enter the phone number or email address to sign up, and create the account password
  6. Verify the email or phone number using the code sent to you
  7. Your Huobi Global mobile trading app is now active and ready to use

How to deposit crypto on Huobi mobile app

Before initiating any crypto transaction buy, sell, or exchange on the Huobi Mobile app, you will need first to deposit funds into your user account. Let us start by looking at how you deposit cryptocurrencies to your user account via the mobile app:

  1. Start by logging in to your Huobi mobile wallet app
  2. On the user dashboard, click on the “Wallet” tab at the bottom of the screen
  3. On the ensuing deposit and withdrawal page, select “Deposit.”
  4. The mobile app will now list all the cryptocurrencies supported by the mobile app. Click on the crypto you wish to deposit
  5. The wallet will now present you with the coin’s wallet address and QR code. Copy either and forward them to the party sending you cryptos
  6. Wait for the funds to reflect in your Huobi Lite mobile wallet

How to trade crypto on the Huobi Mobile app

Here is a step by step on how to exchange cryptocurrencies using the Huobi Lite mobile app:

  1. Start by logging in to your Huobi Global mobile app
  2. On the user dashboard, click on the “Trade” Icon at the bottom of the screen
  3. A new window will pop up with three trading options, choose “Exchange.”
  4. On the next page, use the Drop-down menu on the ‘Exchange’ bar to choose crypto in your Huobi account that you want to convert. Enter the amounts of coins you want converted
  5. On the ‘Received’ bar, select the cryptocurrency you want to buy from the drop-down menu and hit the exchange button
  6. Confirm that the number of coins you want to convert and the amounts to be received are okay. Note that these exchange rates are highly variable, and you will need to check these details and hit the “Confirm” button within 30 seconds failure to which you will be forced to refresh the transaction and recheck the confirm option
  7. The transaction is now complete

Crypto trading limits for Huobi Mobile app users:

Unlike Huobi Global desktop trading platform users who get to enjoy fairly extended maximum trading limits, Huobi mobile app users’ trading limits are rather condensed. In the table below, we highlight the minimum and maximum trading limit for all the digital assets supported on Huobi Lite:

Digital assets Minimum trading amount Maximum trading amount
BTC 0.0001 BTC 2 BTC
ETH 0.001 ETH 100 ETH
USDT 1 USDT 10,000 USDT
EOS 0.1 EOS 5,000 EOS
XRP 1 XRP 15,000 XRP
LTC 0.001 LTC 100 LTC
BCH 0.001 BCH 50 BCH
HT 0.1 HT 1,500 HT
HUSD 0.1 HUSD 5,000 HUSD

Payment Methods – Deposit and Withdrawals:

Huobi Global will only accept payments from two payment service providers. You can purchase cryptocurrencies with fiat using a Visa Card or buy BTC or USDT using either the Visa card or PayNow payment processor. And recently, after the launch of the Huobi OTC Desk, Huobi Global started processing bank wire deposits and withdrawals.

Lets us go through the step-by-step guide of how to deposit USD into your Huobi Global user account via the desktop trading platform:

  1.  Open the Huobi Global website and log in to your user account
  2. On the user dashboard. Click on the “Balances” tab on the far-right corner of the web page
  3. From the drop-down menu, click on “Exchanges (Deposits & withdrawals)”
  4. Click on the green “Deposit” icon next to the USD balance section
  5. Note: You must first verify your identity for Huobi to process your Fiat deposits
  6. On the next window, chose a payment method and hit the “Deposit” button
  7. Huobi will now present you with their bank account details. Deposit the amount of USD you would like to transfer to your account to the bank details provided. Remember to include the MEMO ID for reference. (Remember that while there is no maximum limit to how much you can deposit to your Huobi Global user account, the minimum deposit limit for bank transfers is $100). ]

Note: You can also buy crypto with a Visa or Mastercard credit card using either Euro or US Dollar currencies. However, the minimum a credit card purchase can process is $/€50 and a maximum of $/€20,000.

Education

Huobi Global is committed to user education and has dedicated several sections of its website to teaching its users how to interact with the platform. These include the Help center, the knowledge base, the guide section, the derivatives academy, and the Huobi blog. They have also segmented the Huobi mobile app into Beginner and PRO trading sections to appeal to crypto trading enthusiasts.

The Huobi help center is the most elaborate education section of the website as it combines the Huobi Global Knowledge base and FAQs page. Prominently featured on every help center web page is the search bar that users can use to search for different terms on the website. It then outlines basic information about the website, the trading platform, and the mobile app. It addresses all the common challenges faced by most Huobi Global platform users and shares useful troubleshooting guides.

The guide page teaches you everything you need to know about spot trading and the use of margin provided by Huobi. It features a lot of tutorials that elaborate on such aspects of spot and margin trading as how to register an account, how to deposit, how savings works, and related trading fees. These lessons are both textual and visual as it features a few video tutorials.

The derivatives academy, on the other hand, teaches the Huobi Global exchange user everything there is to know about contracts and options trading. This page breaks down both the basics and complexities of trading contracts, futures, and swaps on Huobi Global.

Customer support

As we already mentioned, Huobi Global exchange maintains one of the most responsive customer support teams. This team is available online 24/7 and has been lauded by numerous users online for their promptness in answering client queries and addressing account issues. It typically takes a few hours to a few days for the team to respond to most queries. Huobi Global also sets itself apart from the competition through the issuance of highly qualified responses to client queries. The only downside to this is that Huobi Global doesn’t have a chat function on its website or the mobile trading app. You can, however, direct message them on such platforms as:

Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/HuobiGlobal

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/huobiglobalofficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HuobiGlobal

Telegram: https://t.me/huobiglobalofficial

Weibo: https://weibo.com/huobicom

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/huobiglobalofficial/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/HuobiGlobal

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/huobi/

Reviews:

What are people saying about Huobi on Reddit?

Overall, Reddit users are quite content with Huobi Global exchange, with most of them vouching for its legitimacy. Some of Huobi Global features that most of these Reddit users are especially satisfied with include the brand’s responsive customer support, seamless transactions, and its global presence. Some have expressed satisfaction because the Huobi customer support team will actually call the client to address issues with withdrawal, deposit, or other account issues. As you will see in the attached image, some would even share their locations while loading the platform for efficient services.

Nevertheless, we also came across two significant user concerns about the platform. One has to do with transactions that don’t meet the minimum trading limit, and the other addresses the use of Bots. In the case of minimum trade limits, we came across several Reddit users who complained that Huobi Global permanently withheld their coins when they tried entering a trade with insufficient coins, as indicated in the image below.

One Reddit user rekindles the faked trading volumes issue arguing that Huobi Global seems to overuse bots on their platforms. He is, however, quick to add that it poses no problem to the clients as it doesn’t affect their trades, adding that the trend has taken root in the industry with a significant number of exchanges using crypto bots.

What are people saying about Huobi on Quora?

There is little chatter about Huobi Global exchange or its services on Quora – which we consider a good thing. We would even be more optimistic and say that this probably signifies a carryover of the goodwill expressed by most Huobi Global exchange users on Reddit. Most of the discussions around the platform on Quora mill involve comparing it to other exchanges and inquiries about the best cryptocurrencies to buy on the platform. We didn’t come across any negative comments about Huobi Global exchange on Quora.

Is Huobi exchange safe?

Well, Huobi Global exchange developers have put in place several highly advanced security measures that guarantee the integrity of their platform and the safety of their client’s digital assets. And it all starts with ensuring that virtually all the platform users are subjected to the industry standard KYC and AML procedures to verify their identity. It then boosts this with such additional security features as absolute control over their private keys, ensuring that Huobi wallets have the multi-signature functionality and are highly encrypted.

Huobi vs. eToro:

Huobi Global and eToro are two of the most popular crypto exchanges in the world today. They share a wide range of cryptocurrencies and tokens including the fact that they are available both as a web trader and a mobile app. They have also integrated several highly advanced trading features and analytics that go a long way in helping platform users interact with the platforms and the crypto markets. The two also share several contrasts.

We compare and contrast some of their key features – integrated features, security, and customer support – below.

Integrated features:

Both Binance and eToro support a wide range of trading instruments that range from cryptocurrencies to crypto derivatives and leveraged crypto trades. They also support the purchase of crypto using credit cards and integrate highly advanced trading/market analysis tools like professional market charts and risk management controls.

Given that it operates outside of most crypto-industry regulations, Huobi has been able to offer leverages of up to 75X. This is much higher than the 5X leverage offered by eToro in Europe. However, eToro takes the day with its revolutionary social trading platform that features social trading, copy trading, and copy portfolios. This makes it possible for Bitcoin traders on eToro to earn why they learn to trade – making it interactive and more beginner-friendly.

Security:

Both Binance and eToro have gone out of their way in making their crypto trading platforms secure. They both have the password as the primary deterrence against unauthorized access to the user account. The two also encourage users to activate two-factor authentication via either their phone number or email address. More importantly, they have integrated enterprise-grade tools to encrypt their platform user’s personal information.

eToro, however, takes this a notch higher by registering with multiple financial regulatory authorities across the world. It also subjects itself to oversight by some of the most reputable finance regulators like the FCA, CySEC, and AISC. Note also that eToro crypto wallets are also custodial – storing your Bitcoin and other cryptos in highly secure offline vaults. Importantly, eToro has started insuring their client accounts (starting with the UK and Australia) with policy covers of up to $1 million.

Customer support:

Both Binance and eToro can be said to maintain highly responsive customer support teams. Responses to customer queries and complaints by either platform are quick and qualified. On eToro, you can also join the subscription program, eToro Club, which presents you with more ways of contacting support including live chat, callbacks, and invitations to exclusive events.

Other products and services

Huobi ranks highly among the most popular and most reliable crypto exchanges. It has also opened its doors to the globe with a physical presence and established offices in over six countries that help it reach residents of the 100+ supported countries and territories. Some of its other key features include:

Security

Despite being in operation for more than seven years, Huobi global exchange has never been hacked. This is by far the greatest testament to the security features embraced by Huobi Global. And to achieve this, Huobi has embraced a host of highly advanced security protocols around its platform and client funds and even went as far as patenting security innovations related to the isolation of digital assets. Even more importantly, the company came up with a crypto-insurance scheme – User Protection Fund – that it pools some of its profits with the aim of indemnifying its clients in the event of a crypto hack.

Earning and investment programs

Huobi Global, like most other renowned cryptocurrencies, has integrated several income-generating opportunities on its platform. The most popular include the savings and C2C lending that allow you to save your idle crypto assets and earn guaranteed returns of up to 7% annually or loan out your crypto assets for the interest of between 0.01% and 0.098% within 30 days, respectively. It also runs a locking and mining platform where it presents you with an opportunity to earn cryptos and tokens through either mining or staking.

Huobi wallet and custodial services

Huobi Global also provides users with a free multi-currency wallet for storing their digital coins. And it is available to both desktop and mobile app platform users. It has multi-signature functionality, a sleek and beginner-friendly design. It is also highly encrypted and gives you absolute control over your private keys. Additionally, Huobi Global recently introduced premium professional custodial services for both individuals and enterprises looking to store their digital assets above 10 Bitcoins safe.

Coin listing

Huobi Global exchange updates its list of supported cryptocurrencies and tokens regularly. It also presents individuals, organizations, and other parties with promising tokens and altcoins with the opportunity to list their coins on the Huobi Global exchange. You can view the coin-listing requirements and application process on the Huobi website’s “Coin Listing” page.

Payment methods

There are five primary ways of funding your Huobi Global user account – both on the desktop trading platform and the mobile app. The most prominent is simply moving cryptocurrencies from a third party wallet to your Huobi wallet. Individuals looking to purchase cryptocurrencies using fiat currency can, on the other hand, make their deposit via the direct bank transfer, a Visa debit card, or a Visa/Master credit card. Last is the PayNow method that is popular with the Huobi Global P2P market users.

Conclusion

Huobi Global has earned its position as one of the leading crypto exchanges in the world. It has embraced a significantly high number of both cryptocurrencies and tokens, it has also integrated highly advanced trading and market analysis tools, and introduced investing and other income-generating opportunities. More importantly, it has embraced highly innovative security measures around the crypto trading platform that have ensured that the crypto exchange goes for close to a decade without suffering a security breach.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

No, despite being one of the oldest crypto exchanges in the world, Huobi Global is still not a regulated exchange. This is unlike its peers, especially Coinbase and Binance, which sought regulation and licensing from the reputable finance industry regulatory agencies across the world. The lack of regulation explains why its fiat to crypto service if only available in limited countries. 

Huobi Global website claims that you do need to verify your identity to trade crypto on their platform. It, however, put in place unrealistic trading and withdrawal restrictions that make it impossible to transact on the platform without verifying your identity. For instance, unverified Huobi Global platform users can only withdraw a maximum 0.1 BTC per day. 

Yes, the Huobi Global platform integrates the Buy Crypto tab that facilitates the purchase of digital assets through such third party exchanges like Simplex and Banxa. If you do not want to use the third parties, or they are not supported in your country, you have to register with the standalone fiat to crypto trading arm of Huobi Global referred to as Huobi OTC Desk. 

Virtually anyone above the age of majority residing in any of the supported countries can register a user account on Huobi Global desktop trading platform or the Huobi Global mobile app.

In addition to facilitating both crypto to crypto and fiat to crypto exchanges, Huobi Global also facilitates the online trade of such crypto derivatives as options contracts, futures, and margin swaps. It also runs a wealth management platform that allows users to earn by either lending their digital assets, savings in guaranteed income schemes, or staking their idle crypto assets.