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Why trade Bitcoin with IG?

Why trade bitcoin with IG?

  • A secure way to trade bitcoin

    Unlike trading on exchanges, speculating on the bitcoin price is 100% secure from theft

  • We’re a trusted provider

    IG is a fully regulated FTSE 250 company with 40 years’ trading experience

  • Trade on virtual currency pairs

    Speculate on the bitcoin price against global currencies, including USD, EUR and JPY

  • Go short as well as long

    Because you never actually own the currency, you can go short if you think the value will fall

Popular bitcoin markets

Market  Value per point Min. spread Avg. spread Margin req.
Bitcoin ($) - standard $100
10 10 7.5%
Bitcoin ($) - mini $10
10 10 7.5%


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What is bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency – a form of digital currency created and held electronically. Bitcoin is decentralised, so no single institution or country controls it, and it’s not subject to transaction fees or external regulation.

Bitcoin users have to store their bitcoins in online ‘wallets’ which can leave them open to theft and security threats. Taking a position on bitcoin with IG can be a preferred option for traders, because with forex CFDs you never own the underlying asset anyway.

Like many currencies bitcoin is highly volatile. This can provide plenty of opportunities to trade, but you should be extra careful to manage your exposure.

Learn more about CFDs and their potential risks.

Watch Sara explain the basics of bitcoin trading in less than two minutes

Ways to trade bitcoin

Take a position on the bitcoin market without needing to purchase bitcoins:

Forex pairs 

Trade bitcoin currency pairs as CFDs, with spreads from $4 and 7.5% margin. The markets available are XBT/USD, XBT/GBP, XBT/EUR, XBT/JPY and XBT/CNH.

Forex pair example

Select a market

You're interested in trading a spot FX XBT/USD CFD. Our price is currently 35000 / 35400, priced in points.

Sell or buy

You choose to ‘sell’ 1 contract at the bid price (35000), because you believe the market will fall.

Alternatively, you could ‘buy’ 1 contract at the offer price (35400) if you believe the market will rise.

Value and margin

Currency pair

Value per pip

Margin req. per contract

XBT/USD $1 7.5%

On a GBP/USD trade, the value per point is $1. This means that every point that the market moves is worth $1, either in your favour or against you.

In this case, the notional value of your trade is 35000 x $1 = $35,000. With a 7.5% margin requirement for 1 FX XBT/USD contract, you only need to have $35,000 x 7.5% = $2625 available.

Closing your trade

Over the course of the day the bitcoin price falls, and at 4pm our new FX XBT/USD CFD price is 33600 / 34000

You choose to close your trade by placing a ‘buy’ trade on 1 full contract at the offer price (34000).

Calculating profit / loss

Profit / loss is calculated based on the difference between your opening and closing prices, in pips. In this case: 35000 - 34000 = 1000 points

You bought 1 full contract, the market moved in your favour, and each point of movement is worth $1.

Therefore your gross profit is: 1000 x $1 = $1000

What if...

Similarly, if the market had risen by 1000 points, your ‘sell’ trade would have resulted in a $1000 gross loss.

Net profit / loss

To accurately calculate your net profit or loss, you would need to factor in any funding charges. In this case, there are no funding costs because the position was not held overnight.

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Bitcoin FAQs

Do I need a bitcoin wallet to trade bitcoin markets with IG?

No. With IG you’re simply speculating on the price movement of bitcoin. You never need to actually own any bitcoins.

How are IG's bitcoin settlements derived?

IG’s bitcoin settlement is based on a combination of real time prices provided directly by some of the world’s most liquid bitcoin exchanges.

Can I take a short view to open on the price of bitcoin with the markets that IG offers?

Yes. With our FX pairs you never hold bitcoins in the real sense, so you can take a short view to open on bitcoin.

When are your bitcoin markets available?

Bitcoin markets are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week (market holidays permitting)