With all the negative and positive commotion surrounding the Crypto market – it still begs the question, for those still curious: what does it take to engage in the trading of Cryptocurrency?
And by trading, I am not referring to the price speculation in a portfolio as one would with the price of a company’s shares or even CFDs – but rather trading it as a commodity and against other Cryptos in a properly regulated online market setting – just like in a Foreign Exchange (Forex) market.
In addition, as with trading traditional fiat currencies, the price is purely determined by good old supply and demand for the currency and monitored by the availability versus volume traded. It is therefore just a medium between traders where they can set limit orders to buy/sell Bitcoins for a certain price.
So, in the true approach of deBunQed, we will decipher Crypto-exchange trading by looking at what you need to do to get into it, and what you stand to gain.
Here are the quick steps:-
The first step would be to open a secure Crypto wallet to physically purchase (own) some altcoins – Bitcoin and Ethereum and Litecoin are the main ones offered by Crypto wallet providers as they hold more value and can thus be broken down into smaller denominations (into other Altcoins)…sort of the way the dollar is used as the main exchange for other fiat currencies. This example helps to put things into perspective.
Make sure you do your research into which wallet you will obtain – obviously if you are mining a certain Cryptocurrency you would naturally purchase directly from the software provider of the Altcoin. Using Ripple mining as an example, the platform is supplied by RippleNet and naturally, it follows that the Ripple company mines all the volume and controls supply.
Getting the digital currency into a wallet can be a quick exercise – the process can take as quickly as 30 minutes via a Peer-to-Peer Bitcoin marketplace connecting buyers with sellers like at Paxful.
Make sure you deal with reputable sellers – the wallet provider rates suppliers based on how reliable they are so only deal with sellers of the highest ratings.
The actual purchase (mostly conducted via online chat) can range from a Credit/Debit Card, online banking or convenient money transfer facilities like (Europe-based) N26 Bank or PayPal.
You can even purchase and send gift cards from Amazon for instance, to the seller (to the value of the currency being purchased) for the seller to release the Altcoins – which are stored in as an alpha-numeric key code – with the currency value in the wallet once acquired.
This after the wallet-broker takes a small fee for the transaction. This code/key needs to be kept secure – backed up online or offline (highly recommended) on special flash-drive like the Trezor or a Ledger Nano, and would be the deposit key if you were transferring it to another wallet or to an exchange.
Time to go shopping!
The next step would be then to source a robust and user-friendly platform to trade your newly acquired currency on.
The best cryptocurrency exchanges would already allow you to swap fiat currency such as dollar and euro for the digital currency directly, and of course, digital currency for another digital currency. There are quite a few to choose from so it is good to read some reviews and select them based on the number of deposit/withdrawal methods, the fee structure level, number of countries served, availability of security tools and features (a huge determining factor as they can also be prone to hacking, or loss from outages), and lastly, their margins and exchange trading functions.
For serious and equally secure trading, you will likely need to use an exchange like Binance that requires the user to verify their ID before being opening an account – so have all your documents ready and up to date!
When it comes to the actual trading, let’s take a scenario where two people want to sell an altcoin but not for the market price. One sets a limit order for lower and the other for a slightly higher price. So, the best price to purchase Bitcoins, in this case, would be the median of the two prices.
If the buyer wants to purchase more than one altcoin, they will continually take the lowest price available. By doing this, the “price” of the altcoin will increase as the lower-price sell orders are no longer available. You will then, as with Forex, purchase pairs of where you think your digital currency will be stronger against another e.g. BTC (Bitcoin) vs XRP (Ripple) – it would look like this on the exchange: BTC/ XRP – 0.00011960. Meaning one Ripple coin is worth that much Bitcoin for instance.
This type of trading, like commodities or forex, requires constant attention and the monitoring of prices. But there are tools that can also help you set prices and have the trades auto-execute. So, a platform which provides such tools conveniently allows you the time to do other things like paying attention to your spouse, formal job or family and friends, is ideal.
In addition, if you have the cash, time, expertise and financial clout, it is even possible to run you own Crypto Exchange! This is another benefit (and job creation vehicle) of a decentralized currency system that will allow you to earn some cash by charging for the usage (mainly in fees) of your hopefully robust platform. Well, this maybe until the fiscal authorities’ crackdown on all of the platforms with restrictive legislation.
Finally, bear in mind that like many platforms that provide opportunities to purchase a commodity (think Amazon or any other software-driven online market for purchasing of goods and services) the software must be stable and of course serve a great purpose and be cost effective to use.