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What are the Trading Opportunities for Bitcoin?

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Bitcoin prices have run the gauntlet of extreme volatility in the last five years. According to Investopedia, the market has risen by 900%, which has attracted the attention of serious traders. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that bitcoin is no flash in the pan. Bitcoin has gone from a Dark Web currency to one accepted in many mainstream outlets.

Predicting the Future of Bitcoin

There are several ways to trade bitcoin. Firstly, you can buy bitcoin and hope it goes up in value before you sell. If it does, you have made a profit. If not, you lose. The second way to make money trading on bitcoin is to speculate on the fluctuations in bitcoin value, rather than actually owning some of the cryptocurrency.

Anyone with the foresight to invest £1,000 in bitcoin back in 2010 would be worth a staggering £14.5 million. The price of bitcoin has dropped rather dramatically from the dizzy heights of December 2017, but most analysts believe it has leveled out now. This means there are excellent trading opportunities for those with a strong stomach for risk.

Spread Betting and CFDs

The most common way to speculate on bitcoin is via spread betting or CFDs. Spread betting lets you speculate on whether the bitcoin market will rise or fall. CFDs is a contract for difference between buyer and seller, so you are speculating on the underlying market price of bitcoin. Both trading strategies are leveraged. You can bet a small amount but gain exposure to a much larger market. If you make a smart trade, it is possible to make a lot of money, but if you get it wrong, your losses will be much higher than your initial trade.

Bitcoin Options Trading

The other option you have is bitcoin option trading. The downside is that bitcoin options are expensive, as bitcoin is extremely volatile. Options prices are subject to Implied Volatility. The higher IV goes, the costlier a bitcoin option becomes. Acceptance of bitcoin trading is growing. Last year, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange announced it planned to launch bitcoin futures in late 2017; these are now live.

For an experienced trader, making a profit is not too difficult. It’s a case of following the news and being alive to market fluctuations and their underlying causes. For example, back in February, Business Insider reported that bitcoin was trading at a premium in South Korea compared to the US, which represented a golden opportunity for traders to buy bitcoin in the US and sell it in South Korea.

Currency Exchanges Vs. Online Trading Platforms

Bitcoin trading is commonly conducted via cryptocurrency exchanges, but this is not necessarily a smart strategy for traders. Bitcoin exchanges are unregulated and there have been some high-profile hacks in recent years. Your money is not safe, even when it’s stored in a secure crypto wallet. Using an online trading platform is much safer. You can execute trades immediately and potentially make a profit even when the markets are in reverse.

It is important to be aware that bitcoin is volatile, so if you decide to trade in the crypto markets, be prepared for a rocky ride.

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Rewards Platform StormX Offers 50% Crypto Cashback Bonus for Thanksgiving

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Singapore, Singapore, 23rd November, 2020, // ChainWire //

Blockchain-based rewards platform StormX has released a seasonal promotion for its award-winning Crypto Cash Back App. The promotion will allow app users to earn a 50% bonus on top of their cashback between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday (November 26-30).

StormX has also introduced a brand-new staking service, allowing users to earn an additional 50% per year when they stake STMX tokens. The native ERC20 token of the StormX ecosystem, STMX has a total supply of 10 billion and is available to trade at many of the world’s top exchanges, including Binance and Bittrex.

“With Bitcoin’s price approaching its all-time high, interest in cryptocurrencies has renewed, though some people believe it’s now too expensive to buy in,” said StormX CEO and Co-Founder Simon Yu. “What we have done is create an easy way for such individuals to accumulate bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies via everyday shopping.

“We’re also excited to provide users with the ability to earn greater rewards simply by staking their tokens.”

Since the StormX mobile app launched its Shop feature with over 700 stores in February 2020, some 400,000 unique users have been added to the rewards platform. StormX has also witnessed over 50% month-on-month growth for sales. The app is available for download on the App and Google Play Stores, and can be downloaded as a browser add-on from the Chrome Web…

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BITTREX GLOBAL CONFIRMS FREE TRADING AND LISTING FOR TOP DEFI TOKEN

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Valduz, Liechtenstein, 17th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

International cryptocurrency exchange promotes free trading and no gas fees for leading DeFi tokens

17th November 2020 — Bittrex Global GmbH. announced today 8 new DeFi tokens will be listed this week including:

  • UMA (UMA)
  • Aave (AAVE)
  • Balancer (BAL)
  • REN (REN & renBTC)
  • Kyber Network (KNC)
  • Band Protocol (BAND)
  • YF Link – (YFL)

Bittrex Global’s users can trade all of their DeFi  tokens with no trading or gas fees until 2021. The decision to enable free trading on Bittrex Global for DeFi tokens  follows on from the 1,000% growth of the DeFi asset class over the course of 2020.

The decision to enable free transactions will see more investors enter the Blockchain Act’s digital asset regulatory system, supervised by the Financial Market Authority in Liechtenstein (FMA) under the Due Diligence Act which requires traders to comply with the KYC/AML/CFT standards.

“The last year has seen huge growth in DeFi as an asset class and a number of significant milestones completed,” said Bittrex Global’s CEO Tom Albright. “As the asset class matures and more institutional and professional investors look at the fundamentals, we are likely to see increased demand and higher trading volumes for DeFi in 2021.

We’re really excited about what we’re seeing in the space and want to see these DeFi projects grow and help them build stronger platforms through increased adoption. Offering free trading fees…

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Ready for Chaos? Swingby’s Chaos-Mainnet Launches on December 28th

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Singapore, Singapore, 9th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

Swingby is the “warp-speed” protocol for inter-blockchain swaps. It allows all DeFi users to move assets between blockchains without a trusted party. 

Today, Swingby announces its first mainnet network will be released on the 28th of December; it will bridge native Bitcoins onto Ethereum via Wrapped BTC (WBTC).

The initial bridge will enable the most liquid digital asset in the world (Bitcoin), currently valued at a $300 billion market cap, to be moved onto the Ethereum network to tap its $10b DeFi ecosystem.

“This launch will be pivotal to Swingby. After December 28th, Swingby will have a fully operational Chaos-Mainnet network which will be generating a tremendous amount of value to the world of DeFi and bringing in a large number of new users” – Yusaku Senga, CEO

Why is this big news for DeFi?

On December 28th, Swingby will be launching its first Chaos-Mainnet bridge, allowing users to easily move their bitcoins into WBTC on Ethereum without the need for a trusted party. Similarly, the bridge can be used in the opposite direction allowing WBTC-ERC20 tokens to be moved back into native BTCs.

What’s so special about it?

  1. Trustless: Swingby’s Skybridge will be the only way to trustlessly swap BTC into wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC).
  2. Simple to use: The Swingby bridge has been designed to work with standard transaction types removing the need for complex smart contract calls…
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