Japanese financial firm SBI Holdings is launching trading for a type of cryptocurrency derivative called contracts for difference, or CFDs.
- The firm said in an announcement Friday that traders can pair the crypto assets with both the U.S. dollar and the yen, meaning there are six CFD choices in total.
- Orders can be placed from around 15 yen ($0.14) to a maximum open position of 500 bitcoin ($5.73 million at press time), for the BTC/JPY pair.
- SBI Holdings said it also has a mobile app for the CFD trading and orders can be placed around the clock on any day of the week.
- Users can make use of leverage – in effect, borrowing from the platform – to make trades.
- CFDs are very short-term contracts that pay the difference in price between the open and closing trades.
- They are not without controversy and a U.K. financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has said it plans to ban these types of derivatives for retail traders.
- The FCA said last year that such financial products are “ill-suited” to retail investors “who cannot reliably assess the value and risks of derivatives or ETNs that reference certain cryptoassets.”
- SBI Holdings specifically said in its announcement it will be catering to both beginner and expert traders.
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