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Created back in 2009, Bitcoin is the original crypto – and has become one of the most talked about and volatile assets available to traders.
No single person controls the bitcoin network. This currency is not printed like dollars, euros or GBP. Bitcoins are not produced by a central bank but instead are mined digitally by an online community – by people and businesses, on computers using software to decode complex mathematical problems. Anyone can join this network and mine or simply buy bitcoins from an individual or broker at the current exchange rate. Whereas central banks can simply print more money (which devalues their currency), there are a finite number of bitcoins.
The bitcoin protocol states that only 21 million bitcoins can ever be mined. Each bitcoin can be divided into smaller parts, much like how pounds can be split into pennies. The smallest amount a bitcoin can be divided into is one hundred millionth of a bitcoin. This is known as a ‘Satoshi’ – after the founder of the cryptocurrency.
It’s anonymous. One person can hold multiple bitcoin addresses, and no personal information is required, such as real names, addresses or payment details. Instead, details are held on blockchain technology, which contains every transaction ever made on the bitcoin network. This states how many bitcoins are stored at bitcoin addresses and doesn’t reveal who owns these bitcoins.
There’s no central exchange. Each computer that mines bitcoins and processes transactions becomes part of the bitcoin network, with all the connected machines working together. This means that unlike paper money, there’s no central authority that can change the rate or impact on monetary policy, such as the Bank of England, which can influence the value of GBP through announcements, policies and interest rates. This also means that, should part of the network go down, money and bitcoins will still continue to flow between devices.
The costs are low and execution times are fast. Money can be sent anywhere in the world and normally settled in near to real-time. All you need to do is wait for the bitcoin network to process the payment. Whereas you may pay a large fee with your bank for an international money transfer, this isn’t the case with bitcoin. You’d only have to pay a transaction fee if you used a broker, and this would usually be much smaller than a bank transaction fee.
Speculate on the price of bitcoin by trading CFDs. Bitcoin is particularly susceptible to macroeconomic indicators and current affairs, making it at times a volatile currency to trade with and it can provide many opportunities. It is good trading practice to research current geo-political situations as they can cause fluctuations in the price of the cryptocurrency.
With CFD trading, you can go long or short on the price of bitcoin, speculating on upwards and downwards trends and benefitting from leverage. When you open a CFD position, you trade on whether the price of bitcoin will rise or fall in value in relation to the US dollar. This means that you never actually own the bitcoin. If you trade in line with the markets, you will profit; if not, you will make a loss.
Bitcoin is the most recognised cryptocurrency of all, especially after the phenomenal price run in 2017 after launching in 2009. It was the world’s first decentralised digital currency that paved the way for many more cryptocurrencies to emerge using the same blockchain technology. Such success made it a popular investment opportunity for many new and experienced traders – both as a way to begin trading and to diversify with a new and exciting financial instrument.
How to trade bitcoin CFDs
Although bitcoin is not traded on the forex market (unlike regular currencies), it is possible to trade bitcoin CFDs, as this does not involve actually owning bitcoin as an asset. This means speculating on the cryptocurrency’s price movements against a regular currency (i.e. whether it will rise or fall in value). If it moves with you, you profit, if it moves against you, you make a loss.
ADSS offer a quick and easy way for you to trade bitcoin CFDs on our MT4 platform with leverage. We also offer cutting edge trading tools, which you can use to analyse the bitcoin market and make more informed investments. Since 1 CFD equates to 1 bitcoin, there is also great flexibility with each trade in this respect.
When developing a trading strategy, it is important to remember that bitcoin’s value is governed solely by supply and demand. Given that it is completely unregulated and decentralised, this can make it very volatile.
That being said, it is still possible to research its price movements and make informed investments. You simply have to adapt your trading strategy to the volatility and be prepared for significant swings in value when investing and analysing the market.
Trade bitcoin CFDs with ADSS
Open an ADSS live CFD trading account to trade bitcoin CFDs on MT4. Simply click on the link to sign up. Offering great leverage, the ability to go long or short, and cutting-edge trading tools, we are proud to fulfil your bitcoin CFD trading requirements.
Benefits of trading CFDs on bitcoin. Choosing ADSS as your bitcoin broker allows you to trade CFDs with:
|Trade on leverage with margins that start from 2/1|
|Size flexibility with a minimum of one CFD equivalent to one unit of bitcoin|
|Capitalise on up or downtrends with the ability to go long or shor|
|CFDs are quoted against the US dollar|
|Access to our advanced MT4 Plus trading platform|
|24/5 customer service|
Bitcoin information is constantly updated, so you will be trading on real-time data, and will be able to trade CFDs on bitcoin as the market changes. Open an account at ADSS with a US$100 deposit to start trading CFDs on bitcoin.
Professional bitcoin trading
Bitcoin can be an extremely volatile market and has experience significant price fluctuations over the last few years in particular. This volatility coupled with the fact you can go long or short makes trading CFDs on Bitcoin attractive to some traders. It is not without risk though and traders should be aware of potential market swings. Unlike trading bitcoin with a virtual wallet or bitcoin account, you don’t need to worry about such charges when trading CFDs. Bitcoin prices are quoted against the US dollar (USD), with them growing from the early value of US$0.003 to an all-time high of US$68,000 in December 2021. We are proud to offer competitive costs and charges when trading CFDs on bitcoin.
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