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How To Trade Cryptocurrencies

The cryptocurrency market refers to the different cryptocurrency pairs that trade around the clock. Investors will often trade cryptocurrencies versus fiat currencies such as the dollar, euro or Japanese yen. Additionally, investors will trade a cryptocurrency cross which is a pair made of two different cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin versus ether or Litecoin versus ripple. There are also several ways to gain exposure to the cryptocurrency market. You can set up a digital wallet, which allows you to exchange a digital coin for a fiat currency or another digital coin. You can also trade a financial product such as CFDs and futures contracts that tracks the movement of specific cryptocurrencies.


Liquidity is very important for and should help determine how much you plan to make on a trade. If your goal is to enter and exit in a period that is less than a year, you want to make sure that its not difficult to find a buyer or seller if you want to monetize your gains.

Liquid markets have a tight bid/offer spread and are not hard to navigate the way out. Bitcoins have seen a significant growth in liquidity over the past 5-years rising from 50-bitcoins that were traded in 2009 to more than 16.78 million in 2019. The increase in the number of exchanges have provide more opportunity to trade their cryptocurrencies. The increase in frequency of trading helps to enhance liquidity.

Trading Using a Digital Wallet

A digital wallet is a software program that allows you to keep track of the cryptocurrencies that you have transacted. Your digital wallet with keep track of payment information and passwords for numerous payment methods and websites. By using a digital wallet, users can complete purchases and sales of goods and services using communications technology. Digital wallets generally do not require a bank account with a physical branch. When you transact a cryptocurrency trading using a digital wallet, you provide your digital address which will help accept payment or send a remittance.

Trading Using Financial Instruments

There are several different financial instruments that can be used to track the movements of cryptocurrencies. One of the most popular is contracts for differences. A contract for differences is a financial product that provides leverage and tracks the underlying movements of popular cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. You do not need a digital wallet for crypto trading of CFDs, but you will need to have an account at a CFD broker. You are generally responsible for the profits and losses that occur when you trade a CFD. 

Another popular financial instrument is a futures contract. Here you also do not need a digital wallet to trade a futures contract, but you will need to open an account with a futures broker. Futures contracts are the obligation to purchase or sell a cryptocurrency at some date in the future. Like CFDs futures contracts provide leverage, using a margin account. This will allow you to enhance your gains using borrowed capital. Futures can provide liquidity and along with CFDs are a way that you can generate profits from investing in cryptocurrencies without using a digital wallet.

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