Warning: Disadvantages of Leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex

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Cryptocurrency trading has been a topic for discussion and argument for a very long time. It has both a huge section of analyst support this whereas a large set of traders are always opposing it. Apart from this argument by the two sets, one can’t deny that participating in a trade including cryptocurrencies is both risky as well as beneficial. One need to research and have a knowledge of related platform before investing his/her money in this space.

In this article, we will discuss particular trading known as leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex. Nextly, we will discuss the disadvantages and dark side of leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex.

Leverage Trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex:

Leverage trading has been a market strategy since very old times. In this type of trading, if you don’t have enough value to trade, you ask some value from someone else to complete your trade. The rules and regulations of this kind of trading are very simple and are used by many of the exchanges. This is also known as margin trading.

In crypto space also, the act of borrowing extra cryptocurrency to complete the trade is known as cryptocurrency leverage trading. Some of the cryptocurrencies like Bitmex and Bitfinex support this trading.

You can borrow at some leverage x:1 i.e. the lender will provide (1/x) of total investment. Suppose, the total desired investment is $100 then leverage of 4:1 means the lender will give you $25.

Let us understand with an example: Suppose, John wanted to buy bitcoin for $4000 but currently, has only $2000. Since alone he can’t do the desired trade, what he can do is to borrow $2000 from someone and trade it. Here, the leverage is 2: 1. This is an example of margin trading. Now, suppose, the trade gained a profit of 25%. The total worth is now $5000. He can give the borrowed $2000 to the lender and still can make a personal profit of $1000. Isn’t it amazing? But wait, it could be a trap for you!

The disadvantages of leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex:

Often, it is said that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Same applies to this trading. As we all know that the cryptocurrency industry is often fluctuating and risky too. Let us understand with the above example how margin trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex can be a trap for you.

Suppose after borrowing $2000 from someone, you completed the trade and due to some market downhill, the trade goes to a loss of 75%. Now the total value is $1000. If you had only invested your money, you still would have $1000 but in the current condition, the first responsibility would be returning the money to the lender. He/She will claim his/her full amount. So, firstly you would have to arrange $2000 for him/her and for your money, forget about that. All of your money would be lost.

So, you can see how you can lose all of your money and even go in debt if you trade using margin trading and the market doesn’t favor you. Cryptocurrency is market of risk and if you are using leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex and any crisis comes, you will be in great loss. So until you have a knowledge of margin trading, never try it. They can be rewarding too but are highly risky, so it is not advisable for the new joiner to invest in it. Also, even if you are using this trading, never invest the amount that you can’t afford to lose it.

Most of the people, in order to earn money at a very fast pace, try to use this margin trading and there have been instances where people have lost all their money in case of crisis and low price down of the cryptocurrency. In any condition of the market, the lender will ask for it complete money and you are bound to return the lender the complete amount plus some interest also. So, there is a very dark side of leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex.

We discussed how leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex could be the worst decision of your life. Like any other market, margin trading can be rewarding as well as it is very risky as you may lose all of your investment in case of crisis. In the worst condition, you may lose all of your money and may have to arrange the lender’s borrowed amount to be returned from your additional savings. This article focusses on disadvantages and dark side of leverage trading on Bitmex and Bitfinex.

Janet F. Sanchez

Janet Sanchez writes articles which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. She is best known for writing cryptocurrency related news and blogs. She also writes about business, finance, and technology. Working from home and taking care of her little son, she has a passion for writing.

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  • That might have been a valuable article if it wasn't full of misinformation. I wonder if there is a conflict of interest?

    "In any condition of the market, the lender will ask for it complete money and you are bound to return the lender the complete amount plus some interest also."

    ^Sorry, but that is not how margin trading on crypto trading platforms like BitMEX works. The exchange does not ask for the borrowed money back. The risk of leverage is the increased likelihood of losing your initial investment, but a trader cannot lose any more than they initially put in, regardless of leverage. If I lose 1 dollar on a 100x leverage bet (100 dollars), I still just lose 1 dollar. It is just much easier to lose that dollar than if I had not used leverage.

    Maybe do some research before writing an article next time.

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