3 Publicly Traded Exchanges Better Than Coinbase

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4 min readAug 8, 2022

Just over a year ago, crypto exchange Coinbase IPO’d. There was a lot of hype surrounding this stock, and shares ended their first day of trading at $328.28. Since then, the company has preformed… poorly.

Coinbase shares are down 76% since the IPO, with the stock currently trading at $68.06.

Interestingly enough, Coinbase is not the only publically traded exchange.

It’s not even the only crypto exchange, either.

In this article, we’ll look at three publically traded exchanges better than Coinbase — many of which offer crypto exposure, too.

1. CME Group Inc. ($CME)

CME Group is the world’s largest derivatives exchange.

If you trade futures or options, there’s a good chance that this is the company handling your orders.

The company manages agricultural futures (like soybeans and corn), energy contracts, Forex, precious metals, and Bitcoin. If you want to speculate on it, CME Group has it.

Despite catering to the notoriously high-risk options market, CME itself is a conservatively run business.

CME has very little debt and strong free cash flow. This allows the company to pay quarterly dividends and reward shareholders with special distributions.

These one-time payouts are hefty, too.

In 2021, CME Group paid four quarterly dividends of $0.90 each, and a special dividend of $3.25.

This gave the business a starting dividend yield over 3%.

On top of this, CME has achieved a total annual average return of 18.93% in the past 10 years, outperforming S&P 500 .

This is an interesting investment. Especially if you’re looking for a high-yield, high-growth market exchange with exposure to options contracts and crypto.

2. Nasdaq, Inc. ($NDAQ)

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