Bitcoin Futures Trading
Bitcoin futures offer traders leveraged, size-flexible exposure to the world’s largest cryptocurrency. tastytrade's award winning trading platform gives investors access to both standard and micro-CME bitcoin futures.
Why Trade Bitcoin Futures With Us?
Trading Platform Flexibility
Trade conveniently using your futures-enabled account on the trading platform type that works best for you – desktop, browser or mobile1
Scale Trades Up or Down
Customize your trade size. Choose between CME’s standard and micro bitcoin futures products
Trade with our low futures commission rates – from $1.25/contract for standard futures and $0.85/contract for micro futures2
Go Long or Short
tastytrade allows customers the ability to both buy and sell bitcoin futures
MULTIPLE ORDER CHOICES
Target profits on your bitcoin futures with limit orders and mitigate downside risk with stop-loss orders
tastytrade has the best support team in the business – you’ll always have someone excited to help with any questions
Why Trade Bitcoin Futures?
Trading bitcoin futures offers investors benefits that are not available when trading bitcoin cryptocurrency outright:
- You’ll never have to worry about losing your private key.
- Use limit and stop-loss orders to mitigate potential losses.
- Bitcoin futures are regulated by the CFTC.
- When you trade bitcoin futures with tastytrade, the fees are upfront and low.2
- Trading bitcoin futures allows investors the ability to take a long or short position.
- Bitcoin futures are offered by the CME Futures Exchange.
What Bitcoin Futures Products Can I Trade?
tastytrade currently offers two bitcoin futures products:
- CME Bitcoin Futures
- CME bitcoin micro futures
CME bitcoin futures represent five bitcoins while CME bitcoin micro futures represent 1/10th the size of one bitcoin.
Trade Bitcoin Futures With Low Fees
At tastytrade, commissions are always low2
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How Bitcoin Futures Work
Bitcoin futures, like all futures, are derivative products. This means their value is derived from another, underlying source. In the case of bitcoin futures, the underlying product is bitcoin itself.
Some futures products, called “deliverable futures”, are settled via an actual exchange of the underlying product. Silver and Oil futures are settled in this manner. Bitcoin futures are “cash settled”. Rather than receiving or providing a set amount of Bitcoin, a trader’s account will either be credited or debited a cash amount based on the difference between the initial position and the settlement price.
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In the futures market, a “tick” represents the minimum price fluctuation. The tick value of a bitcoin futures contract will depend upon which futures contract you are trading:
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CME’s Standard Bitcoin Futures Contract
CME’s Micro Bitcoin Futures
As we can tell from the differences in the above tick increments, CME’s standard size bitcoin futures contract is 50x larger than its micro bitcoin future.
How to Trade Bitcoin Futures
To get started trading bitcoin futures with tastytrade, follow the steps below:1
- Do your research to get an understanding of how bitcoin futures trading works3
- Create an account or log in
- Choose your preferred bitcoin futures product
- Create a trading plan and manage your risk
- Open your futures position and monitor it
- Close your position if you want to do so before contract expires
If you still have questions, reach out to our friendly trade desk support team.
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Trade Bitcoin Futures on the Best Platform
You can trade bitcoin futures on the tastytrade platform in whichever way is best for you – desktop, browser or mobile.
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