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BSIP: 0004
Title: Distribute Market Fees on Core Asset to Referral Program
Authors: Daniel Larimer <>
         Fabian Schuh <>
Status: Draft
Type: Protocol
Created: 2015-12-16
Discussion: <>
Worker: TBD


Currently the BitShares network does not charge a percentage based market fee on trades of the core asset (BTS) or assets created by the committee account (BitAssets like USD, CNY, etc). Instead BitShares has a fixed price for filled orders defined by the order creation fee. See BSIP-0002 for more information.

This proposal is to implement a hard-fork that would grant committee members the option to charge market fees for their assets. Any market fees earned would be converted to BTS via the fee pool and then distributed to the referral program like any other fees.


Market pegged assets trade at 0% market fees by default. The commitee members could decide to set a percentage as fee already, but the fees would end up in the committee's account.

By implementing this proposals, we let shareholders decide whether or not to redirect these profits to the referral program.


When enabling market fees for an asset, trading becomes slightly more expensive for traders and could discourage trades. On the other hand, having more funds to distribute for marketing in the form of referral rewards could improve exposure and incentivise to bring in new customers for our products and the trading platform which may result in increased profits from fees in general. Furthermore, if percentage-based market fees were enabled now, they would end up in the issuers account, i.e. the committee-account, and could potentially be used by the committee to serve BitShares directly. By approving this proposal, those funds were distributed to the referral program which could improve adoption.

UIA vs Committee Asset

When trading between two assets controlled by the committee it goes to the referral program, when trading between a UIA and an asset controlled by the committee the fee should go to the UIA issuer. In this way asset issuers get the same income they would get if they traded BTS vs an asset on their local exchange.


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