Firstly I am not saying myself or Walsh Trading is bullish or bearish Bitcoin BTC or any Altcoin this is just suggesting ways to get short or to hedge physical Bitcoin or Altcoin using Chicago Mercantile Exchange CME futures and options.
Retail and Institutional clients can use CME Bitcoin BTC and Ethereum ETH futures to trade or hedge and getting short BTC or ETH if you want to get short vs the underlying BTC or ETH cash contract or whichever Altcoin you own. There are custody solutions and CFDs available to get short, both are expensive and you are subject to what the respective liquidity provider offers while dealing with volatility.
CME Bitcoin and Ethereum offer a solid liquid solution for getting long or short and provide immediate pricing of order execution which the CFTC\NFA require.
Directly Bitcoin futures ($25 per tic $95000 maintenence margin currently and can change without warning) provide direct trading and hedging for Bitcoin underlying instrument and Micro Bitcoin ($5 per tic $2500 maintenence margin and can change without warning) give you the ability to micro manage creating an even better tool for hedging including Altcoins.
Ethereum Futures ($12.5 per tic $75000 maintenance margin and can change without warning) provide direct trading and hedging for Ethereum underlying instrument.
For Altcoins using Micro Bitcoin ($5 per tic $2500 maintenance margin currently and can change without warning ) provides a way to hedge and with the Micro Bitcoin futures contract its a good way for retail clients to just trade Bitcoin, in all cases its still very risky to trade the high volatility of ALL Cryptocurrencies.
Another tool is Bitcoin Options the underlying contract is full size Bitcoin futures ($25 per tic $83000 maintenance margin currently and can change without warning) has the same margin requirements, with defined risk.
Again in all cases its still very risky to trade the high volatility of ALL Cryptocurrencies.
SHORT CRYPTOCURRENCIES RISK PROFILE WILL MOST LIKELY REQUIRE MORE MARGIN THAN WHAT IS INITALLY REQUIRED AND MARGIN REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE(GO HIGHER) WITHOUT WARNING
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