How to Short Bitcoin? A Beginners Guide

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In this article, we will overlook how to short Bitcoin. Most beginner traders think that you can only profit from cryptocurrency price increasing. The basic belief is that if Coin A goes up in price – you profit, but if coin goes down – you lose money. However, this is a very common misconception between underdeveloped financial instrument traders such as altcoin pairs in small exchanges or just inexperienced traders. This brief guide will teach you what is shorting and how you can short Bitcoin.

What is shorting?

The definition of shorting is borrowing any asset or security and selling it with a belief to later sell it for a lower price and after giving back the security keeping the sell-buy price difference. In the essence one is shorting if he believes that the price is going to go down, however, shorting can be used as a tool for hedging. Usually for borrowing assets from a broker for shorting you need to pay some interest, however, some brokers offer a shorting interest free marking it up in trading fees.

Example of shorting

John is grocery shopping at his local market and sees that bag of apples costs 100 USD. John thinks that the price is far from the real value of the bag. He goes to his friend`s house and borrows a bag of apples. Then he goes back to the market and sells his bag. A week later, he comes back to the market and sees that apples now cost 80 USD per bag. He buys a bag for 80 USD brings it back to his friend’s house. The total outcome of this is that John has earned 20 USD due to the fact that he sold the bag for 100 USD and bought it back for 80 which leaves him with 20 USD difference.

You can short Bitcoin on following exchanges

How to short Bitcoin on BitMEX

Lets image that you want to short Bitcoin. The steps that you need to take are as following:

  • Log in or create your own BitMEX account
  • Select your order type: Limit order will let you set exact buying/selling price, market order will execute trade at current market price, Stop market will place a stop-loss at market price when price reaches your target,  Stop limit will do a limit order with stop-loss, Trailing stop will execute order with set price limit from a floating point, take profit-limit will set an opposite order of your current position at your chosen price and amount, Take profit-market will place an opposite order of your current position at certain point and amount within market price.
  • Place your order and you are good to go! Remember to always adjust your margin.

Disclaimer: Always trade with cautions. This guide is for educational purposes only and is not financial advice. Any content displayed is not encouragement for any specific financial decisions e.g. shorting Bitcoin.