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Differences between ledger and trades history

There are two main kinds of account history that clients can view or export: Ledger and Trades.

Ledger history

Ledger history focuses on changes to account balances.

It answers questions like:

  • How much was debited from a currency balance? (and the reason for it, e.g. fees, withdrawal, exchange or the result of settled or otherwise closed trades using margin).
  • How much was credited to a currency balance? (and the reason for it, e.g. deposit, exchange or the result of settled or otherwise closed trades using margin).
  • How much fees, and in which currency, were paid to Kraken?

Working with Ledger history:

For more details, see explanation of ledger fields.

Trades history

Trades history focuses on the execution details of spot transactions (the matching of sell orders with buy orders and vice versa) with or without the use of margin.

It answers questions like:

  • What was a balance traded for?
  • The exchange rate for that trade?
  • The order type used?
  • All the executions related to a specific order.
  • The fee estimate in terms of the quote currency (NOT necessarily the actual amount that was deducted).
  • The level of leverage used (for spot trades made using margin).

Note:

  • Trades history only shows executed or partially executed orders. It does not show cancelled/untouched orders.
  • Trades history does not include the details of transactions conducted via the Buy Crypto Widget or Kraken app. This information will only be present in the Ledger history.

For more details, see explanation of trade fields.