A financial derivatives brokerage firm out of London, CMC Markets, has allowed traders to take positions against Bitcoin Core (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) since this past July. The firm has now announced that it is giving its 60,000 customers more options and will provide support for both Bitcoin BCH, Ripple (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC), all of which can be paired against the U.S. dollar.
The firm’s group commercial director, David Fineberg, stated in a release about the offerings, “Since the successful launch of our cryptocurrency offering in March, and subsequent extension to retail clients in July, our clients have expressed interest in extending their trading options beyond bitcoin and Ethereum. We are pleased to offer them the chance to take a position on bitcoin cash, litecoin and ripple, three altcoins which continue to generate much speculation among traders.”
More brokerages have been looking for ways to increase crypto-based products as day traders move away from foreign exchange (Forex), contracts for difference (CFD) and spread betting in traditional exchanges. Offering the same types of products for the cryptocurrency markets has been seen as the possible solution, but derivatives have come under fire in the UK, with regulators contemplating a complete ban on the products. However, CMC doesn’t view this as a deterrent in a market that continues to look for more investment options in the crypto space.
Fineberg added, “Spread bets and CFDs offer a way to trade on cryptocurrencies as clients can take a position on market movements without owning the asset. By trading with an established provider, funds can be deposited and withdrawn with ease, avoiding the risks of purchasing cryptocurrencies directly through an exchange. However, like all other financial instruments we offer, we always recommend clients understand the risks and conduct thorough research before trading.”
The brokerage was a little slow to enter the cryptocurrency space. It only did so after several other brokerages, notably Admiral Markets, IG Group Holdings Plc,. Gain Capital’s City Index and Plus500 Ltd., had entered the market. However, the continued adoption of cryptocurrencies by traditional financial institutions shows how digital currency is grabbing hold and becoming a legitimate alternative to fiat options.