Op Ed: How to Hedge Your Digital Asset Portfolio Using Bitcoin Futures

The crypto bear market in 2018, which saw the price of bitcoin drop by over 73 percent and those of altcoins drop by over 90 percent, made an excellent case for the need to hedge digital asset portfolios.  And with bitcoin’s meteoric 2019 rally in the first half of the year, protecting those gains from a sudden and potentially steep drop in value may be prudent. Fortunately, as the crypto asset trading ecosystem has evolved over the past 10 years, there are now several bitcoin derivatives that investors can use…

Bitcoin Bull on ‘Junk’ Altcoins: ‘2017 Was a One-Off, We Were Clueless’

As crypto analysts pontificate that the so-called “altseaon” will soon arrive, bitcoin podcaster Peter McCormack has a simple message: Don’t hold your breath. The “What Bitcoin Did” host went on a Twitter rampage this week to advance the notion that bitcoin will obliterate the rest of the crypto market, leaving a trail of altcoin bagholders in its wake. The series of altcoin-hating tweets began with a shot at bitcoin’s top rival, ethereum. If you own more ETH than Bitcoin, you’re wrong. — Peter McCormack (@PeterMcCormack) July 9, 2019 It appears…

Binance Launches Platform ‘2.0’ as Margin Trading Goes Live

The top crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, has launched version 2.0 of its platform – a move that officially adds margin trading for its customers. The firm revealed that margin trading was on the way in late May, and said that the service would feature up to 20x leverage soon after. In an announcement Thursday, Binance indicated that leverage (the amount that can be borrowed against a user’s crypto collateral) is just 3x, however. “Your Margin Wallet balance determines the amount of funds you can borrow, following a fixed…

Here’s Why Bitcoin Price Cratered After Smashing Beyond $13,000

Bitcoin was about to break out to a new high on Wednesday at $13,200, but then suddenly sold off 10 percent in about 90 minutes. What was behind this sudden sell-off? What Goes Up Must Come Down There is a fundamental rule in physics known as gravity. What goes up must come down. There is a corollary to this principle in the securities markets. Securities that rise in a parabolic fashion will fall in a parabolic fashion, and it will be even worse when it comes to bitcoin. The reason…