Crypto FAQs

1. Which Cryptocurrencies does City Index Offer?

City Index currently offers a number of Cryptocurrencies which can be traded as a CFD, these are BitcoinEthereum, Litecoin, Ripple  and Bitcoin Cash.

Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies, often peer-to-peer electronic cash systems which have become popular over the past few years and are founded on blockchain technology. Cryptocurrencies are not controlled or regulated by central banks, governments or traditional financial centres but are rather managed by corporations using secure blockchain verification for all transactions.

For more information regarding Cryptocurrencies, please refer to the official MoneySense page.

Important Notice: 

Cryptocurrencies are not legal tender currency and trading of derivatives on Cryptocurrencies are currently not covered under any regulatory regime in Singapore. Consequently, investors should be aware they do not have protection under the Securities and Futures Act (Cap. 289). Please ensure that you are fully aware of the risks.

2. How do Cryptocurrencies work?

Because Cryptocurrencies are not regulated in the traditional sense by a central bank or government, they requires a system of distribution. Often Cryptocurrencies are “mined,” which means Crypto miners use time, powerful central processing units (CPUs) and large amounts of electricity to solve complex equations which add transaction records to a Cryptocurrency’s public, digital ledger or blockchain.

3. What is a digital wallet?

Most Cryptocurrencies are stored using a digital wallet, which is essentially an online bank account which stores Cryptocurrencies

4. Do I need a digital wallet to trade?

No – When you trade CFDs on Cryptocurrencies you are speculating on price movements in the Cryptocurrency market rather than owning the underlying asset.

5. How can I trade Cryptocurrencies?

At City Index you can trade Cryptocurrencies as a CFD. For more information, including pricing details, on these please view our relevant Cryptocurrencies CFD Trading pages: 

Bitcoin CFD Trading Information
Ethereum CFD Trading Information.
Litecoin CFD Trading Information
Ripple CFD Trading Information
Bitcoin Cash CFD Trading Information

6. How much are Cryptocurrencies worth?

Like any asset the price of Cryptocurrencies may rise and fall and due to high volatility in the Cryptocurrencies market. Prices may surge or drop at greater rates than for more traditional assets. At the end of 2017, the total Cryptocurrency market cap was thought to be roughly $639 billion.

7. How does City Index price Cryptocurrencies?

Cryptocurrencies are traded on multiple independent digital asset exchanges around the world and the diversity of these exchanges can mean that there are different prices for Cryptocurrencies at different times and in different regions.

City Index offers competitive Cryptocurrency pricing based on prices models provided by multiple digital asset exchanges.

We use industry leading digital asset exchanges to produce a volume weighted average price that is representative of the underlying market. You can view our pricing information on our Cryptocurrency page or in the Market Information sheet in platform.

8. Is there an overnight financing charge for holding Cryptocurrencies?

Yes. Overnight financing is charged at 0.08219% per day for all Cryptocurrencies (May change due to market conditions. For a full list of charges, see our Cryptocurrency pages for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash.)

Due to the higher than normal levels of volatility in the Cryptocurrencies market we strongly advise against holding positions overnight.

Please note: Cryptocurrencies financing charges are only applied to live trading accounts at City Index. Should you wish to calculate what financing charges would be on a relevant demo account position, you can do so using the formula below:

Size of position x closing price x financing charge (0.08219%) = Cost of financing

9. Does City Index offer a Cryptocurrencies trading platform?

Yes – you can trade Bitcoin,  Ethereum and other crpytos on our Web Trader  and AT Pro platforms, and on our iOS and Android apps.

10. What is the City Index policy on Cryptocurrencies forking?

In the event that the current Cryptocurrency splits into two, new Cryptocurrencies are created, this is known as a hard fork. We will generally follow the Cryptocurrency that has the majority consensus of Cryptocurrency users and will therefore use this as the basis for our prices. In addition we will also consider the approach adopted by the exchanges we deal with, which will help determine the action we take.

We reserve the right to determine which Cryptocurrency unit has the majority consensus behind them. As the hard fork results in a second Cryptocurrency, we reserve the right to create an equivalent position on client accounts to reflect this. However, this action is taken at our absolute discretion, and we have no obligation to do so.

If the second Cryptocurrency is tradeable on major exchanges, which may or may not include the exchanges we deal with, we may choose to represent that value, but have no obligation to do so. We may do this by making the product available to close based on the valuation, or by booking a cash adjustment on client accounts.

If, within a reasonable timeframe, the second Cryptocurrency does not become tradeable, then we may void positions that had previously been created at no value on client accounts.

Over periods of substantial price volatility around fork events, we may take any action as we consider necessary in accordance with our terms and conditions including suspending trading throughout if we deem not to have reliable prices from the underlying market.

11. What are the margin rates to trade Cryptocurrencies?

The margin rates for our Cryptocurrencies are: Tier 1 (25%), Tier 2 (50%) and Tier 3 (100%).

Below is a representative example of the margin rates required to trade Bitcoin.

You can work out the margin requirements for a position using the representative example below:

Example 1: Margin for 1 CFD = Amount of CFDs (1) x Bitcoin Price (18,000) x 25% margin rate on Tier 1 = Total margin (USD 4,500)

Example 2: Margin for 12 CFDs = Amount of CFDs (10) x Bitcoin Price (18,000) x 25% margin rate on Tier 1 [USD 45,000] + Amount of CFDs (2) x Bitcoin Price (18,000) x 50% margin rate on Tier 2 [USD 18,000] = Total margin (USD 63,000)

Below is a representative example of the margin rates required to trade Ethereum.

You can work out the margin requirements for a position using the representative example below:

Example 1: Margin for 1 CFD = Amount of CFDs (1) x Ethereum Price (730) x 25% margin rate on Tier 1 = Total margin (USD 182.5)

Example 2: Margin for 12 CFDs = Amount of CFDs (10) x Ethereum Price (730) x 25% margin rate on Tier 1 [USD 1,825] + Amount of CFDs (2) x Ethereum Price (730) x 50% margin rate on Tier 2 [USD 730] = Total margin (USD 2,555)

12. What are the available trading hours for Cryptocurrencies?

Trading Hours are 06:00 SGT Monday - 06:00 SGT Saturday±

13. Can you show me an example of some Crypto CFD trades?

Set out below are some simple examples to illustrate how Ethereum CFD trading strategies may give rise to profits and losses. For simplicity the following examples (based on our standard Ethereum market) do not include Financing Fees. Please refer to the website for the current Financing Fees and for an example of how it is applied.

"Going long" and making a profit or loss - Ethereum

Ethereum CFDs are trading at 705/711 (bid/offer). You decide to Buy 3 Ethereum CFDs at 711, giving you a notional value of $2,133 ($5 x 711).

Profit Scenario:

The Ethereum price rises to 721/727. You decide to close your position by entering an equal but opposite trade.

Closing Sell:
You sell 3 Ethereum CFDs at $721.

Profit/loss Calculation:
[(Sell Price - Purchase Price) x Quantity] = Profit / Loss

[(721 – 711 x 3] = USD $30 Profit

Loss Scenario:

The Ethereum price falls to 700/706. You decide to close your position by entering an equal but opposite trade. Ethereum CFDs are now trading at 700/705.

Closing Sell:
You sell 3 Ethereum CFDs at 700

Profit/loss Calculation:
[(Sell Price - Purchase Price) x Quantity] = Profit / Loss

[(700 – 711) x 3] = USD $33 Loss

“Going short” and making a profit or loss 

Ethereum CFDs are trading at  705/711 (bid/offer). You decide to sell 3 Ethereum CFDs at $705 giving you a notional value of $2,115 (3 x $705).

Profit Scenario:

The Ethereum price falls to 690/697. You decide to close your position by entering an equal but opposite trade.

Closing Sell: You buy 3 Ethereum CFDs at 697.

Profit/loss Calculation:
[(Sell Price - Purchase Price) x Quantity] = Profit / Loss

[(705 – 697) x 3] = USD $24 Profit

Loss Scenario:

The Ethereum price rises to $707/$713. You decide to close your position by entering an equal but opposite trade.

Closing Sell:

You buy 3 Ethereum CFDs at 713.

Profit / Loss Calculation: [(Sell Price - Purchase Price) x Quantity]=Profit / Loss

[(713 – 705) x 3] = USD $24 Loss.

Going long" and making a profit or loss - Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoin Cash CFDs are trading at 890/900 (bid/offer). You decide to Buy 3 Bitcoin Cash CFDs at 900, giving you a notional value of $2,700 ($3 x 900).

Profit Scenario:

The Bitcoin Cash price rises to 910/920. You decide to close your position by entering an equal but opposite trade.

Closing Sell:

You sell 3 Bitcoin Cash CFDs at $910.

Profit/loss Calculation:

[(Sell Price - Purchase Price) x Quantity] = Profit / Loss

[(910 – 900 x 3] = USD $30 Profit

Loss Scenario:

The Bitcoin Cash price falls to 880/890. 

You decide to close your position by entering an equal but opposite trade. Bitcoin Cash CFDs are now trading at 880/890.

Closing Sell:

You sell 3 Bitcoin Cash CFDs at 880

Profit/loss Calculation:

[(Sell Price - Purchase Price) x Quantity] = Profit / Loss

[(900 – 880) x 3] = USD $60 Loss

Going long" and making a profit or loss - Litecoin

Litecoin CFDs are trading at 137/140 (bid/offer). You decide to Buy 5 Litecoin CFDs at 140, giving you a notional value of $700 ($5 x 140).

Profit Scenario:

The Litecoin price rises to 147/150. You decide to close your position by entering an equal but opposite trade.

Closing Sell:

You sell 5 Litecoin CFDs at $147.

Profit/loss Calculation:

[(Sell Price - Purchase Price) x Quantity] = Profit / Loss

[(147 – 140 x 5] = USD $35 Profit

Loss Scenario:

The Litecoin price falls to 127/130. You decide to close your position by entering an equal but opposite trade. Litecoin CFDs are now trading at 127/130.

Closing Sell:

You sell 5 Litecoin CFDs at 127

Profit/loss Calculation:

[(Sell Price - Purchase Price) x Quantity] = Profit / Loss

[(140 – 127) x 5] = USD $65 Loss

You can view a similar example for relevant Bitcoin CFD trades on our Bitcoin FAQ page.

Important Notice:

Cryptocurrencies are not legal tender currency and trading of derivatives on Cryptocurrencies are currently not covered under any regulatory regime in Singapore. Consequently, investors should be aware they do not have protection under the Securities and Futures Act (Cap. 289). Please ensure that you are fully aware of the risks.

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