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And the First Forex Broker to Offer Bitcoin Trading is…..

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It was only a matter of time, and now UK licensed Plus500 becomes the first forex broker to launch bitcoin trading. The leveraged CFD is based on pricing from leading exchange MtGox. The BTC/USD CFD is priced with a minimum spread of $1.00, has 4:1 leverage, and is available for short trading.

Flying under the radar, Plus500 has been around since 2008, and in addition to its FX offering has been aggressively growing its list of CFD products. According to Forex Magnates estimates, Plus500’s monthly volumes are around $8-12 billion. While the broker has been growing its business, it fell into hot water issues with the UK regulators and was fined last year by the FSA for £205,128 for failing to submit transaction details.

bitcoin cfd on Plus500

Like CFD heavyweight IG Group, who became the first broker to provide bitcoin binary options trading as it added the product to its extensive list of CFDs and binaries; the launch of the BTC/USD trading at Plus500 appears to fit in their goal of focusing on non-Forex derivative products. Plus500’s bitcoin launch comes as multiple trading platforms are expected to hit the market soon.

While Plus500 becomes the first forex broker to provide bitcoin trading, it isn’t expected to be the last. Along with eToro which has publically stated is interest in the products, Forex Magnates has heard from several brokers that they are also involved in internal discussions about offering the product. For brokers, launching bitcoins as a CFD would be the easiest and most natural way to offer trading. Unlike bitcoin exchanges, with CFDs prices are derived from the actual prices, but don’t involve the company in facilitating an actual exchange in assets (more on forex brokers and the potential of bitcoin trading). Interestingly though, Plus500 hasn’t initiated the ability for customers to deposit or withdraw in bitcoins.


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  1. jason said:

    well i lost my 15 bitcoins because you deleted my post but you have found it anyway.

    its just a pity that it only offers it in demo mode but not in real mode as you can check for yourself if you go to minority pairs.

    regards

    April 29th, 2013 at 12:37 pm
  2. Ron Finberg said:

    @Jason – there is still time for you to jump on the Litecoin bandwagon

    April 29th, 2013 at 4:37 pm
  3. Bastian said:

    Smart move, if Bitcoin get more establish in the mainstream they could earn a bunch of money from it. Time will tell whether they are back the right horse.

    April 29th, 2013 at 8:18 pm
  4. Joe212 said:

    Not just Bitcoin, but Crypto-Forex in general is going to be a huge thing, I’m glad it’s starting to become openly recognized. Plenty of other fledgling cryptos out there.

    April 30th, 2013 at 5:14 pm
  5. Andriy said:

    Looks like they stopped offering it now…

    April 30th, 2013 at 5:40 pm
  6. Ron Finberg said:

    Not sure what the deal is, still available on practice (for me at least) but have heard that ppl aren’t seeing it for trading today

    April 30th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

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