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 margin trading loss).
  • How much was credited to a currency balance? (and the reason for it, e.g. deposit, exchange, or margin trading profit).
  • 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 non-margin and margin trades (the matching of sell orders with buy orders).

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 collateral used for a margin trade (and thus also the leverage level)?

Note: Trades history only shows executed or partially executed orders. It does not show cancelled/untouched orders.

For more details, see explanation of trade fields.