I feel moved to write about Bitshares...... again.
4 mo. ago I shared how I borrowed $100 USD using Bitshares as collateral to buy Bitcoin (https://steemit.com/busy/@jrb450/small-bitcoin-purchase). Then I did this-(https://steemit.com/busy/@jrb450/bitshares-dex-bot)- I still haven't figured out how this works....
6mo ago I posted this one too (https://steemit.com/busy/@jrb450/bitshares-dex-that-s-what-s-up)
One of my new favorite uses of the DEX is to exchange other crypto to move Steem into and out of my Steemit account. I used to use BlockTtrades, but I find it much cheaper to use the DEX directly. One of the cool things about the bitshares DEX is that other instances of whole exchanges use the same exact based Graphene blockchain to run the trade engine. Examples of this are Rudex, CryptoBridge, BitSparkDEX, OpenLedger, and EasyDEX. I think there are others I'm missing too. When you join one, you can automatically log into the others using the same *.bin key or brain wallet. Each exchange has it's own token that gets used to add value to the exchange. The original Bitshares DEX uses bitshares, SparkDex uses zeph, Openledger uses one that I don't recall. Each do a slightly different thing, so for example, Bitspark's genius is that they focus on the remittance industry in Asia and Africa and have tailored the exchange around that.
One really interesting thing is that there exist arbitrage opportunities between the exchanges on assets like Bitcoin, Dash, etc. I haven't figured this out how to profit from this yet, but can only imagine that it is a huge opportunity.
Lately, I've been using Rudex to exchange Steem in and out of my Steem wallet. Rudex is a Russian version of what I described above and are the only ones I know of that have a Steem gateway. You end up having to exchange your crypto into rudex.steem (Rudex's version of Steem- there's a pair you can actually trade called rudex.steem: open.steem pair)
It trades around 1:1, but sometimes it goes above or below based on demand- That's where the pennies can add up if you have a trading bot that can do that.
The whole reason I'm powering down out of my Steemit wallet is that I'm trying to pay off a loan I took in Chinese Yuan. I'm also trading my way out of it- buying bitCNY low and selling it higher for a profit- So far so good.
There's a part of me that needs to better understand what all these Bitshares based DEX exchanges do, and how I can help others use them to exchange their crypto with the safety and security of the DEX- I so don't trust Bitfinex, Binance, and certainly not Coinbase!