The author believes that the BitMEX perpetual contract transaction volume is much higher than the traditional futures mainly for the following reasons:
Firstly,the perpetual price closely follows the spot, suitable for short-term trading.
Secondly. the quarterly futures are often premium or discounted, and traders are reluctant to take on this risk.
Thirdly,the interest mechanism of the perpetual contract leads to fierce competition, and the forward futures contract is actually only subject to the delivery date.
Fourhly, the perpetual contract interest is only charged at 3 time points, in order to avoid interest, leading to frequent changes in long and short.
Finally, the perpetual contract can be understood as a short-term contract, which is delivered every 8 hours. The short-term contract is generally more active than the forward contract.