• Funding

    Funding occurs every 8 hours at 02:00 UTC+00, 10:00 UTC+00, and 18:00 UTC+00 every day. You only pay or receive the funding when you hold a position at one of these times. If you close your position before the funding exchange, you will not pay or receive funding.

    The funding you pay or receive is calculated as below:

    Funding = Position Value * Funding Rate

    Your position value will not be affected by the leverage. For example, if you hold 100 BTCUSD contracts, the funding is charged or received on the notional value of those contracts, and is not based on how much margin you have assigned to that position.

    When the Funding Rate is positive, longs pay shorts, and vice versa when the rate is negative.

    Funding Rate Calculations

    The Funding Rate is composed of two parts: the Interest Rate and the Premium/Discount.

    The Funding Rate aims to keep the traded price of your Perpetual Contract in line with the underlying reference price. Therefore, the contract mimics how margin-trading markets work as the longs and shorts of the contract exchange interest payments periodically.

    Interest Rate

    Every contract traded at BaseFEX consists of two parts: a Base currency and a Quote currency. For the case of BTCUSD Perpetual Contract, the Base currency is Bitcoin, and the Quote currency is USD. The Interest Rate is a function of interest rates between the two currencies.

    Interest Rate (I) = (Interest Quote Index - Interest Base Index) / Funding Interval
    Interest Base Index = The Interest Rate for borrowing the Base currency
    Interest Quote Index = The Interest Rate for borrowing the Quote currency
    Funding Interval = 3 (The funding occurs every 8 hours)

    Note: Under Contract Specifications, the source borrow market is stated for each Interest Index.

    Premium / Discount

    The perpetual contract might be traded at a significant premium or discount to the Mark Price. Under those circumstances, a Premium Index will be used to raise or lower the next Funding Rate to levels consistent with which the contract is being traded. The Premium Index of each contract is available on the Perpetual Contract page and is calculated as below:

    Premium Index (P) = (Max(0, Impact Bid Price - Mark Price) - Max(0, Mark Price - Impact Ask Price)) / Spot Price + Fair Basis used in Mark Price

    Please check Fair Price Marking for more information on the Impact Bid Price and the Impact Ask Price.

    Final Funding Rate Calculation

    BaseFEX calculates the Premium Index (P) and Interest Rate (I) every minute and then performs an 8-hour Time-Weighted-Average-Price (TWAP) over the series of minute rates.

    The funding rate is calculated with the 8-Hour Interest Rate Component and the 8-Hour Premium / Discount Component. A +/- 0.05% dampener is added.

    Funding Rate (F) = Premium Index (P) + clamp(Interest Rate (I) - Premium Index (P), 0.05%, -0.05%)

    The 'clamp' function clamps a value between an upper and lower bound, where the preferred value is the first parameter, the upper bound is the second parameter, and the lower bound is the third parameter. Simply put, 'clamp' selects the middle value among the three. Therefore, if (I - P) is within +/- 0.05%, then we take (I - P) and F = P + (I - P). This means the Funding Rate is equal to the Interest Rate.

    This calculated Funding Rate is then applied to your BTC Position Value to determine the Funding Amount to be paid or received at the Funding Timestamp.

    Funding Rate Caps

    BaseFEX sets caps on the Funding Rate to ensure that the maximum leverage can still be filled. There are two caps:

    1. The absolute Funding Rate is capped at 75% of the Initial Margin - Maintenance Margin. If the Initial Margin is 1% and the Maintenance Margin is 0.5%, then the maximum Funding Rate will be 75% * (1% - 0.5%) = 0.375%.
    2. The Funding Rate shall not be changed by more than 75% of the Maintenance Margin between Funding intervals.

    Funding Fees

    BaseFEX does not charge any fees on funding. The funding is exchanged directly between the long and short position holders.

    Funding Rate Examples

    Interest Rate (I) = (Interest Quote Index - Interest Base Index) / Funding Interval
    Premium Index (P) = (Max(0, Impact Bid Price - Mark Price) - Max(0, Mark Price - Impact Ask Price)) / Spot Price
    Funding Rate (F) = Premium Index (P) + clamp(Interest Rate (I) - Premium Index (P), 0.05%, -0.05%)

    See below the example of how the Funding Rate (F) varies with different the Interest Rate (I) and Premium Index figures.

    Interest Rate (I) Premium Index (P) Funding Rate (F)
    0.03% 0.00% 0.03%
    0.03% 0.06% 0.03%
    0.03% 0.15% 0.10%
    0.03% -0.05% 0.00%
    0.03% -0.10% -0.05%
    0.10% 0.06% 0.10%
    0.10% 0.15% 0.10%
    0.10% -0.05% 0.00%
    0.10% -0.10% -0.05%
    0.20% 0.10% 0.15%
    0.30% 0.10% 0.15%
    0.45% 0.10% 0.15%
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