Trading vs. Owning bitcoin
Here are some of the main differences between trading and owning bitcoin:
Speculate on bitcoin’s price movement without having to take ownership.
Trade long or short.
Nimbly trade volatile swings in either direction.
People can use any short-term or long term trading strategy.
Utilize margin and leverage to make maximum use of account equity.
Employ entry orders, stop losses, profit-limit orders, and all risk management techniques.
Buy and own bitcoins outright.
Bu, hold, or close long positions only.
Long-term buy-and-hold only.
Full value of BItcoin purchase is required up front.
Manually buy or close long positions only.
Perhaps the most significant difference between trading Bitcoin and purchasing it is that when trading you can be either long or short at any given time depending on your outlook. If you buy Bitcoin outright, you obviously can only be long, and will usually just be compelled to hold through all of the volatile ups and downs in Bitcoin’s price.
Bitcoin analysts are divided as to whether the cryptocurrency will continue to shoot up in value or if it will drop sharply instead. As a Bitcoin trader, you can nimbly position yourself in either direction and take directional trading opportunities as they arise.
Relatedly, when you trade Bitcoin you can trade the price swings on a short-term basis instead of purchasing Bitcoin at a certain price and holding long-term, hoping for further price appreciation.
Margin and leverage are another way trading Bitcoin can be more flexible than buying it outright. Depending on the price of each Bitcoin at any given time, owning just one Bitcoin could be prohibitively expensive. Trading Bitcoin with leverage allows you to take a position with less capital but remember, increased leverage increases your risk.
Finally, trading Bitcoin actively allows the use of entry orders, stop losses, profit-limit orders, and risk management techniques that are just not possible when simply purchasing Bitcoins.