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Are the Maximalists Wrong? Bitcoin’s Dominance Has Been Trending Down For the Past Six Months

In fact, for the past two and a half months (since December 14 of 2019), Bitcoin’s price and dominance have been strongly inversely correlated: a 95% confidence interval puts correlation between -.92 and -.81, which is nothing short of stunning; it basically reveals that an increase in Bitcoin’s price is almost certainly accompanied by a decrease in its dominance level.


Forex

Daily technical analysis and news updates on the 40 most actively traded major forex pairs. For the full list, visit our forex market news archive. Current popular pairs: AUD/CAD, EUR/SEK, NZD/JPY, TRY/JPY.



Crypto

Technical analysis, featured tweets, and important articles on the five major cryptocurrencies. Below are the latest regarding Bitcoin and Ethereum; see our crypto news archive for the full catalog, or visit our specific sections on Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, and Litecoin to learn more.


What is CFD Trading?

CFD trading is essentially speculating on an asset without taking control of the underlying asset. For instance, if you buy a share in a given publicly traded company, you are an actual owner of that company, and entitled to certain legal ownership rights. If you own a CFD in a given company, you are in an agreement with your broker to speculate on the share price of the company at hand. Your contract is not with the publicly traded company, but with the broker you are trading with. This concept can be extended to any other asset as well; for instance, CFD trading of cryptocurrencies means you are not actually owning a cryptocurrency, but are simply speculating on the price of the cryptocurrency via a contract you have with your broker. CFD is an acronym for “contract for difference” — meaning it is a contract with your broker in which one party will pay or receive from the other party the difference in the contract price they agreed to.

Why Trade CFDs?

CFD trading is simpler and easier than owning the underlying asset. Trading cryptocurrency or foreign exchange CFDs means the trader can focus solely on speculating on price, and does not have to worry about key management in a crypto wallet, or taking delivery of legal tender currency. If your objective is to speculate on a given asset, CFD trading may be the most direct method of doing so, and one that is less expensive and simpler. Alternatively, if you are concerned with actual ownership of the underlying asset, than CFD trading may not be the best option for you.

Learn More About CFD Trading

Try the links below to learn more about CFD trading:

Investopedia’s Introduction to CFD Trading. A nice introduction to CFD trading, giving a balance assessment of the pros and cons. The claim that CFD trading is more expensive due to spreads, though, is questionable; spreads are paid when the asset is owned outright as well, though in those cases the spread is often less visible — and can be accompanied by a commission, making the overall transaction much more expensive. Ultimately, the cost of CFD trading relative to outright ownership depends much on the broker, the asset being traded, and the size of the position assumed.

Wikipedia: The History and Origins of CFD Trading. Wikipedia’s entry on CFD trading provides a detailed overview of how CFD trading works, how it began, what markets are typically offered by CFD brokers, the legality of CFD trading in jurisdictions around the world, and praise and criticisms from observers about CFD instruments.