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Coinbase IPO: how to buy and short Coinbase shares

Coinbase (COIN) is a US cryptocurrency exchange that’s set to go public on 14 April 2021. Here’s everything you need to know about the Coinbase IPO, plus how to trade Coinbase shares.

How to trade Coinbase shares

You’ll be able to trade Coinbase shares with us on the day of the company’s listing. Coinbase shares may take a few hours to be available – as is the case with all brokers for American IPOs.

Trading Coinbase shares with us means that you’ll be taking a speculative position on the company’s share price without owning the shares directly. Instead, you’ll be trading with CFDs, which are leveraged derivatives.

  • ‘Buying’ means that you’re taking a position on the Coinbase share price rising – known as going long
  • ‘Selling’ means that you’re taking a position on the Coinbase share price falling – known as going short

Buying Coinbase shares

  1. Create an account or log in and go to our trading platform
  2. Search for ‘Coinbase’
  3. Select ‘buy’ in the deal ticket
  4. Choose your position size and take steps to manage your risk
  5. Open and monitor your long position

Selling Coinbase shares

  1. Create an account or log in and go to our trading platform
  2. Search for ‘Coinbase’
  3. Select ‘sell’ in the deal ticket
  4. Choose your position size and take steps to manage your risk
  5. Open and monitor your short position

Since CFDs are leveraged, it’s important that you take steps to manage your risk because leverage can increase both your profits and your losses.

Learn more about the impact of leverage on your trading

We should also note that Coinbase will be ‘opening only’ when it lists – meaning you won’t be able to go short – until there’s a sufficient amount of shares in circulation to facilitate short selling.

Coinbase shares: the basics

Coinbase shares will list on the NASDAQ stock exchange on 14 April 2021. The estimated market cap for the company is expected to be in the region of $75 billion – which would make it one of the largest listings in history. Coinbase is going public through a direct listing rather than a traditional IPO.

What is a direct listing?

In a direct listing, a company’s employees and existing investors will convert their ownership stakes into shares that are then directly listed on a stock exchange to be purchased by institutional and retail investors. This negates the need for an underwriter, which is usually a large bank.

As a result, direct listings don’t have the same ‘safety net’ that IPOs do, because there’s no target price range for the company’s shares –something that’s usually determined by an underwriter. This means that in direct listings, share prices are completely at the mercy of market demand, which can cause increased volatility compared to going public through an IPO.

Find out more about how IPOs work, or learn how to take a position on IPOs with us.

Coinbase: a brief history

Coinbase was founded in 2012 by Brian Armstrong – who serves as the current chief executive officer (CEO) – and Fred Ehrsam. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, and it acts as a cryptocurrency exchange and broker for bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, litecoin and others.

What is Coinbase’s business model?

Coinbase’s business model is based on its two core products. The first is an exchange for trading the aforementioned cryptocurrencies – known as a Global Digital Asset Exchange (GDAX). The second is a user-facing platform for trading bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, litecoin and others.

Coinbase offers accounts to potential clients for cryptocurrency trading. In total, the company offers over 25 cryptocurrencies to its users, some of which are niche opportunities referred to as ‘altcoins’ because they are not widely known in the cryptocurrency mainstream and don’t have the name recognition of bitcoin, ether or litecoin.

The company charges a commission fee for its users to use its platform and its users can trade with leverage. It has two accounts: regular and pro. The regular account charges higher commissions, while the company’s pro account has lower commission fees for users.

Coinbase share price: how to analyse Coinbase shares

You should use both technical analysis and fundamental analysis to analyse the Coinbase share price once the company goes public.

  • Technical analysis is concerned with chart patterns, technical indicators and historical price action
  • Fundamental analysis is based on the fundamentals of a company, including its net revenue or profit and loss statements

You should use a mix of both of these forms of analysis when assessing the Coinbase share price once the company lists – especially since its share price could be volatile given the inherent instability in the cryptocurrency market.

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Publication date : 2021-04-13T12:55:00+0100


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