Cryptocurrency as an investment class hit a milestone in June (2017). The combined market capitalization (market cap), in Australian dollar terms, surpassed $100 billion! While bitcoin is the most popular and currently well known of all digital currencies, it is interesting to note that bitcoin, as at the end of June 2017, accounted for just over 44% (or around AUD 45 billion) of the total combined market cap of all cryptocurrencies.
You may now be scratching your head wondering if bitcoin makes up just over 44%, then what are the other digital currencies that heavily contribute to this combined $100+ billion AUD market cap? Below we have provided a list of cryptocurrencies by market cap (expressed in Australian dollars at the end of June 2017).
CryptoCurrency Market Capitalization Expressed in AUD
- Bitcoin (BTC) – $45 billion (44.25%)
- Ethereum (ETH) – $31 billion (30.48%)
- Ripple (XRP) – $12 billion (11.80%)
- Litecoin (LTC) – $2.2 billion (2.16%)
- Ethereum Classic (ETC) – $2 billion (1.97%)
- NEM (XEM) – $1.7 billion (1.67%)
- Dash (DASH) – $1.3 billion (1.28%)
- Other – $6.5 billion (6.39%)
With the increased popularity and commentary on the cryptocurrency market, bitcoin in particular, we have noticed an increase in the number of CFD and Forex brokers either adding their first bitcoin product to the offerings (such as Pepperstone last week) or other brokers such as Plus500 which have recently added their fourth cryptocurrency CFD to their platforms.
Trading Cryptocurrencies with Contracts For Difference
Plus500 CFD service added Ripple (XRP) to their existing offerings in June 2017. Plus500 offer CFDs on the top 4 cryptocurrencies by market cap. This allows traders to go either long or short on Plus500 Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and now Ripple XRP CFDs. Please keep in mind that Plus500 is providing contracts for difference (CFD) trading on the above digital currencies, which is leveraged and different to buying the currency outright.
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See our Cryptocurrency Broker Comparisons for more information.
Pepperstone is proud to announce their first addition of cryptocurrency to their offerings. From July 2017 Bitcoin can now be traded at Pepperstone Forex broker. Pepperstone Bitcoin trading is offered as an instrument against the US dollar (code “BTC/USD” in Pepperstone’s trading platforms).
Cryptocurrency is often referred to as the money of the future and it’s global popularity is certainly being displayed in the current BTC USD price chart, however please remember that past performance does not guarantee the future performance of any financial instrument, Bitcoin included!
What is Cryptocurrency?
A cryptocurrency is essentially digital money (digital currency) used as a medium of payment or exchange and protected using cryptography to control the creation of additional units of the currency and secure the transfer transactions. Source: Wikipedia – Cryptocurrency
What is Bitcoin?
Satoshi Nakamoto is the inventor of the first, and currently most well-known cryptocurrency called Bitcoin (BTC). Bitcoin became the first decentralized cryptocurrency (a decentralized digital cash system) in 2009, and since this time many alternative cryptocurrencies to Bitcoin have been created, and are commonly referred to as altcoins. Source: What is Cryptocurrency: Everything You Need To Know
The decentralized control, instead of a centralised banking system, is achieved via blockchain transactional database, acting as a distributed ledger.
We can delve deeper into the actual mechanics of Bitcoin in a future article, however for now we just wanted to provide a little context around the newest financial instrument being introduced by Pepperstone Forex broker.
Why Trade Bitcoin with Pepperstone?
- Traders can take advantage of Bitcoin’s large movements and volatility, without the need for an existing Bitcoin wallet or having to purchase actual Bitcoins;
- Receive institutional grade Bitcoin spreads & trade execution with no commission fees charged;
- Access BTC to USD (“BTC/USD”) easily from all of Pepperstone’s trading platforms; and
- Traders can hedge Bitcoin on a single Pepperstone account.
See our Cryptocurrency Broker comparison for more information on the cryptocurrency CFD offered and spreads for each crypto.
Risks of Trading Bitcoin
As with any leveraged trading, there is always risk to your capital as the the very nature of leverage means both the profits and the losses are magnified. Bitcoin is currently (2017) experiencing large volatility and movement in prices. While traders generally look for volatility to experience quicker price movement, if you are on the wrong side of the move, combined with leverage, this means not only is your capital is at risk but you can loose more than you have deposited.
Trading Bitcoin should therefore only be considered by experienced traders, who understand the risks involved and carefully read any PDS (product disclosure statement) and/or other offer documents provided by the bitcoin trading broker, in this case by leading Australian forex broker, Pepperstone Australia.