DGTX: Your Gateway to Free Trading 1

DGTX: Your Gateway to Free Trading

Digitex Futures
Trading
• Christina Comben
September 21, 2019

There are more than 500 cryptocurrency exchanges out there with more and more cropping up all the time. There are also plenty of new entrants in the cryptocurrency derivatives space. Amid rising competition and a BTC futures market set to get parabolic, many people ask why we need another crypto futures exchange. Well, the answer is because Digitex is not just another crypto futures exchange and DGTX is not just another exchange token! Read on to find out more.
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September 21, 2019
Digitex Futures
Trading

DGTX: Your Gateway to Free Trading

Christina Comben
DGTX: Your Gateway to Free Trading 2

There are more than 500 cryptocurrency exchanges out there with more and more cropping up all the time. There are also plenty of new entrants in the cryptocurrency derivatives space. Amid rising competition and a BTC futures market set to get parabolic, many people ask why we need another crypto futures exchange. Well, the answer is because Digitex is not just another crypto futures exchange and DGTX is not just another exchange token! Read on to find out more.
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Digitex's Decentralized Exchange (DEX) Head Researcher, Petr Korolev 3

Digitex’s Decentralized Exchange (DEX) Head Researcher, Petr Korolev

Blockchain
Digitex Futures
• admin
August 19, 2019

Petr Korolev of Matter Labs is working closely with Digitex developers SmartDec on the build of Digitex’s decentralized futures trading platform. Petre took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about scaling challenges, hackathons and why there’s always plenty to do in the blockchain development space. 
Q: Petr, tell us about yourself and your company. What’s your relationship with SmartDec and the development of the Digitex futures exchange? 
Currently, I’m working as an external expert and partner in close cooperation with SmartDec. I’m the co-founder of Matter Labs, so our chosen name for this collaboration is “SmartMatter”. Matter Labs and SmartDec have already worked on several projects together, so our partnership is a longstanding one. 
So far, my role in the Digitex development project is working on implementing various blockchain innovations: scaling solutions, or more specifically the Plasma research, decentralized trading engines, and non-custodial storage of value. 
I was impressed by the ideas Digitex is bringing to the space, which make use of these innovations. The exchange offers exciting technical development opportunities within the blockchain space. It’s interesting for me to participate and contribute to this process. 
Q: How and why did you get into Ethereum? What makes it so appealing to you?
I have been working in IT for the last 12 years, covering everything from low-level ASM-programming of microprocessors at Intel to advanced machine learning techniques.
In the last 5 years, my focus shifted to fintech and the information security area, which naturally led into the blockchain space. I find it fascinating because blockchain is still new, so from a technical perspective, there are always intriguing problems to work on. It’s an excellent opportunity to solve challenges that nobody has faced before. You are working not as a developer in the more traditional sense, but more like a pioneer and innovator in this field. That’s why I find this area really exciting.
Q: How did you become a researcher into Ethereum’s scaling solutions and what are you working on?
Scalable blockchains are in high demand. So, as someone who does research and development on decentralized systems, it’s inevitable that I’ve come to work on scaling solutions. Moreover, I work a lot on open-source development, participating in ETHackathons. The topic of scaling solutions is everywhere in the community — it’s time to #buidl real tools. 
Let me make a comparison between the mobile and blockchain industries. Blockchain now is at the early stage of its evolution. Although Bitcoin has just recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, the current progress of the blockchain area is similar to the smartphone industry in 2012. 
At that time, it was new technology – there were no precedents or instruction manuals. Developers had to create all kinds of frameworks and fix technical gaps like smooth scrolling, quick search and figure out how to fetch a massive amount of data via mobile networks. Many of these solutions have now become industry standards.
The same things are happening in the blockchain area now. Developers are being challenged to come up with new ideas related to privacy and scaling solutions, as well as with UI/UX. So that’s what I’m working on now. 
And that’s what we’re doing with the SmartDec team – implementing cutting-edge technologies into Digitex futures. On the one hand, we provide a user-friendly interface that hides the complexity of blockchain under the hood. On the other hand, we offer a solution to guarantee the safety of your funds with secure cryptography solutions.
Q: Why you do see Digitex a practical use case for this technology?
Scalability is the number one limitation problem of blockchain. It is not as easy as it sounds to manage a high number of transactions and to do it fast. All this is a primary demand for any exchange that wants to be competitive and attractive, and Digitex is no different. Scaling solutions provide the answer to a possible high capacity of the exchange’s blockchain platform, processing transactions in the network.
Q: What does a typical day look like to you (is there such a thing?!)
I have some rituals in my daily life, like morning yoga and meditation. Usually, I try to plan my day in advance, but we are all humans, and not always everything in life can be scheduled! Most of my time in the working day is dedicated to meetings and to the research itself; coding, researching previous articles and implementations, explore open-source toolsets, that kind of thing. 
Q: What do you love most about your job?
I like that every situation is unique and every time you need to find some new solution. There’s no standard answer or technology for all issues and questions. This always motivates me to make sure I’m on the inside of the industry, know everything I can about the market and competitors, and increase my knowledge so I can provide relevant and competitive solutions. 
Q: What is the most challenging part?
That’s difficult to say when your job is also your passion! In comparison to traditional development, it’s hard to predict and guarantee any results in blockchain. It’s challenging that you never know if some solution or initiative you’re working on will ever work, or be delivered to the market. 
Sometimes it might be a massive amount of information or no information at all for the research, sometimes it might be deadlines. Other times it is just hard to go to sleep when you’ve come across a problem that doesn’t yet have a solution, and your brain won’t stop thinking about it!
Q: You’ve won six out of seven hackathons. That’s pretty impressive! What was your favorite one, and what did it involve?
First, I would like to say that hackathons are always about the collaboration between teammates, mentors and other people involved. I’m happy to have worked with awesome teammates who made it happen.
It started in 2017 when I went to the most significant blockchain hackathon in Russia. It was the first time when I decided to code something blockchain-related. I got the main stage prize directly from Vitalik. That’s how it started.
My favorite hackathon projects are mobile smart-contract interactions (that was later named web3swift), Pyromania, and zDai. Pyromania was the winner of ETHParis 2019, main stage and two sponsors Prizes. zDai.io was the winner of ETHDenver 2019, main stage and three sponsor prizes. Web3swift was the winner of ETHDenver 2018.
Q: How do you see the whole space evolving over the next 5-10 years?
Would you have imagined five or ten years ago that we’ll now be talking about Ethereum, scaling, and cryptocurrencies? I’d guess that the answer will be “no” for most people! 
So, our world and industry are changing so fast that it’s hard to predict anything. I know one thing for sure: it doesn’t matter what I will be doing in 5-10 years, but I will do it for the benefit of people by protecting digital values: personal financial freedom and human right to preserve privacy. That’s the main goal that I’m pursuing.
Q: What do you do when you’re not at your keyboard?
Usually, I’m on my phone, haha! Just what ordinary people do – spending time with family, friends, doing sports. At one time, I was a workaholic but then got kind of burned out, quit IT for six months, and went to the Himalayan mountains in India. Now, I stick to the idea that if you want to be successful then everything should be in balance. 
Thank you Petr, for your time talking to us, and your dedication to building the best possible platform for the decentralized Digitex Futures exchange! 
The DEX version of Digitex Futures (decentralized exchange) is in a research and development stage lead by Petr Korolev in a collaborative effort with SmartDec and other team members specializing in this space. Digitex has created a specific resource allocation to fund this research, putting Digitex at the forefront of building the DEX scalability solution. And when we do, we will be the world’s first DEX zero-fee futures exchange. 
This is an extraordinary discovery process leading to a cutting-edge product for the crypto futures trading market. Although, there is significant work ahead in this journey. Therefore, it’s most likely that we will launch a centralized Digitex Futures exchange first as the framework and engine are much closer to being production-ready, while the DEX side still has much work left ahead. This will enable us to launch our exchange, without waiting for the DEX technology to undergo the necessary further development and later, rigorous testing. 
At Digitex, we believe in delivering the best and most innovative product into the market, hence why it has taken us much longer than originally planned to release the first version of Digitex. Stay tuned for further updates as we move ever-closer to launch!

August 19, 2019
Blockchain
Digitex Futures

Digitex’s Decentralized Exchange (DEX) Head Researcher, Petr Korolev

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Digitex's Decentralized Exchange (DEX) Head Researcher, Petr Korolev 4

Petr Korolev of Matter Labs is working closely with Digitex developers SmartDec on the build of Digitex’s decentralized futures trading platform. Petre took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about scaling challenges, hackathons and why there’s always plenty to do in the blockchain development space. 
Q: Petr, tell us about yourself and your company. What’s your relationship with SmartDec and the development of the Digitex futures exchange? 
Currently, I’m working as an external expert and partner in close cooperation with SmartDec. I’m the co-founder of Matter Labs, so our chosen name for this collaboration is “SmartMatter”. Matter Labs and SmartDec have already worked on several projects together, so our partnership is a longstanding one. 
So far, my role in the Digitex development project is working on implementing various blockchain innovations: scaling solutions, or more specifically the Plasma research, decentralized trading engines, and non-custodial storage of value. 
I was impressed by the ideas Digitex is bringing to the space, which make use of these innovations. The exchange offers exciting technical development opportunities within the blockchain space. It’s interesting for me to participate and contribute to this process. 
Q: How and why did you get into Ethereum? What makes it so appealing to you?
I have been working in IT for the last 12 years, covering everything from low-level ASM-programming of microprocessors at Intel to advanced machine learning techniques.
In the last 5 years, my focus shifted to fintech and the information security area, which naturally led into the blockchain space. I find it fascinating because blockchain is still new, so from a technical perspective, there are always intriguing problems to work on. It’s an excellent opportunity to solve challenges that nobody has faced before. You are working not as a developer in the more traditional sense, but more like a pioneer and innovator in this field. That’s why I find this area really exciting.
Q: How did you become a researcher into Ethereum’s scaling solutions and what are you working on?
Scalable blockchains are in high demand. So, as someone who does research and development on decentralized systems, it’s inevitable that I’ve come to work on scaling solutions. Moreover, I work a lot on open-source development, participating in ETHackathons. The topic of scaling solutions is everywhere in the community — it’s time to #buidl real tools. 
Let me make a comparison between the mobile and blockchain industries. Blockchain now is at the early stage of its evolution. Although Bitcoin has just recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, the current progress of the blockchain area is similar to the smartphone industry in 2012. 
At that time, it was new technology – there were no precedents or instruction manuals. Developers had to create all kinds of frameworks and fix technical gaps like smooth scrolling, quick search and figure out how to fetch a massive amount of data via mobile networks. Many of these solutions have now become industry standards.
The same things are happening in the blockchain area now. Developers are being challenged to come up with new ideas related to privacy and scaling solutions, as well as with UI/UX. So that’s what I’m working on now. 
And that’s what we’re doing with the SmartDec team – implementing cutting-edge technologies into Digitex futures. On the one hand, we provide a user-friendly interface that hides the complexity of blockchain under the hood. On the other hand, we offer a solution to guarantee the safety of your funds with secure cryptography solutions.
Q: Why you do see Digitex a practical use case for this technology?
Scalability is the number one limitation problem of blockchain. It is not as easy as it sounds to manage a high number of transactions and to do it fast. All this is a primary demand for any exchange that wants to be competitive and attractive, and Digitex is no different. Scaling solutions provide the answer to a possible high capacity of the exchange’s blockchain platform, processing transactions in the network.
Q: What does a typical day look like to you (is there such a thing?!)
I have some rituals in my daily life, like morning yoga and meditation. Usually, I try to plan my day in advance, but we are all humans, and not always everything in life can be scheduled! Most of my time in the working day is dedicated to meetings and to the research itself; coding, researching previous articles and implementations, explore open-source toolsets, that kind of thing. 
Q: What do you love most about your job?
I like that every situation is unique and every time you need to find some new solution. There’s no standard answer or technology for all issues and questions. This always motivates me to make sure I’m on the inside of the industry, know everything I can about the market and competitors, and increase my knowledge so I can provide relevant and competitive solutions. 
Q: What is the most challenging part?
That’s difficult to say when your job is also your passion! In comparison to traditional development, it’s hard to predict and guarantee any results in blockchain. It’s challenging that you never know if some solution or initiative you’re working on will ever work, or be delivered to the market. 
Sometimes it might be a massive amount of information or no information at all for the research, sometimes it might be deadlines. Other times it is just hard to go to sleep when you’ve come across a problem that doesn’t yet have a solution, and your brain won’t stop thinking about it!
Q: You’ve won six out of seven hackathons. That’s pretty impressive! What was your favorite one, and what did it involve?
First, I would like to say that hackathons are always about the collaboration between teammates, mentors and other people involved. I’m happy to have worked with awesome teammates who made it happen.
It started in 2017 when I went to the most significant blockchain hackathon in Russia. It was the first time when I decided to code something blockchain-related. I got the main stage prize directly from Vitalik. That’s how it started.
My favorite hackathon projects are mobile smart-contract interactions (that was later named web3swift), Pyromania, and zDai. Pyromania was the winner of ETHParis 2019, main stage and two sponsors Prizes. zDai.io was the winner of ETHDenver 2019, main stage and three sponsor prizes. Web3swift was the winner of ETHDenver 2018.
Q: How do you see the whole space evolving over the next 5-10 years?
Would you have imagined five or ten years ago that we’ll now be talking about Ethereum, scaling, and cryptocurrencies? I’d guess that the answer will be “no” for most people! 
So, our world and industry are changing so fast that it’s hard to predict anything. I know one thing for sure: it doesn’t matter what I will be doing in 5-10 years, but I will do it for the benefit of people by protecting digital values: personal financial freedom and human right to preserve privacy. That’s the main goal that I’m pursuing.
Q: What do you do when you’re not at your keyboard?
Usually, I’m on my phone, haha! Just what ordinary people do – spending time with family, friends, doing sports. At one time, I was a workaholic but then got kind of burned out, quit IT for six months, and went to the Himalayan mountains in India. Now, I stick to the idea that if you want to be successful then everything should be in balance. 
Thank you Petr, for your time talking to us, and your dedication to building the best possible platform for the decentralized Digitex Futures exchange! 
The DEX version of Digitex Futures (decentralized exchange) is in a research and development stage lead by Petr Korolev in a collaborative effort with SmartDec and other team members specializing in this space. Digitex has created a specific resource allocation to fund this research, putting Digitex at the forefront of building the DEX scalability solution. And when we do, we will be the world’s first DEX zero-fee futures exchange. 
This is an extraordinary discovery process leading to a cutting-edge product for the crypto futures trading market. Although, there is significant work ahead in this journey. Therefore, it’s most likely that we will launch a centralized Digitex Futures exchange first as the framework and engine are much closer to being production-ready, while the DEX side still has much work left ahead. This will enable us to launch our exchange, without waiting for the DEX technology to undergo the necessary further development and later, rigorous testing. 
At Digitex, we believe in delivering the best and most innovative product into the market, hence why it has taken us much longer than originally planned to release the first version of Digitex. Stay tuned for further updates as we move ever-closer to launch!

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A Basic Guide on How to Trade Futures

Digitex Futures
Trading
• Sarah Rothrie
August 1, 2019

There was a time, not too long ago, when the only way to learn how to trade futures was by throwing yourself into a trading pit and just doing it. But traders today have a much better chance of success right out of the box. Why? Because the power of the internet means that longtime traders have the platforms to share their experiences and help beginners learn to trade futures – and win. Armed with a solid futures market education, even the newest of newbies can quickly start buying and selling alongside the top futures traders. 
In this article, we’ll walk through the basics of futures contracts and why futures are an excellent option for profitable trading. We’ll also cover the various futures markets, the art of choosing a trading platform and strategy, the benefits of investing in futures, and the mistakes to avoid for profitable futures trading. 

Futures Market Education 101 – About Futures

At the most basic level, a futures contract is a simple agreement to trade an asset at a defined point in the future, for an agreed price. In the first instance, futures emerged as a means of hedging against price fluctuations in the commodities markets. The first futures contracts were based on the agricultural markets, enabling farmers and their buyers to fix prices for harvests before the growing season started and protect against later market fluctuations.
Although commodities markets are still used by traders wanting to hedge on price, modern futures markets rely heavily on speculators. Speculators don’t want to take custody of the underlying asset; instead, they trade on price fluctuations. 
The presence of speculators created the futures markets as they exist today, in which futures contracts cover all kinds of assets beyond commodities. Futures are traded against stocks, indices, foreign currencies, and most recently, cryptocurrencies. 
Futures trading use margin and leverage to enhance the opportunity for profits. By borrowing funds from a broker or an exchange, you can magnify the potential for profits, although it also increases the risk exposure if the markets go against your trade.
Available leverage can vary widely between markets. For example, in the stock markets, leverage is limited to 2x, while in forex markets, it can be significantly higher.  In cryptocurrency futures markets, you can trade with up to 100x leverage. 
If you can learn how to trade futures successfully, they offer fantastic opportunities to make big money compared to other financial products or derivatives. For example, when trading options, there is better loss protection because you pay an up-front premium on an option. However, while options may offer less risk, futures offer a far greater potential for profitability. 
So now that we know all the basics of futures, how do you decide which futures to trade? 

Markets Overview – Which Are the Best Futures to Trade? 

Obviously, deciding on the best futures to trade will depend on the trader. Choosing which markets you want to enter will mean you need to determine your risk appetite and your available resources for trading.  You’ll also need to think about how much time you have for trading each day, which includes time spent on market analysis and evaluation of your results. 
For the beginner individual investor, cryptocurrencies provide some of the best futures trading opportunities. A single BTC or ETH can be split down into tiny increments, so there are very low barriers to entry.
Digitex will be the world’s first commission-free futures trading platform, making it viable to adopt a strategy of scalping profits from multiple lower-value trades. Furthermore, crypto exchanges don’t rely on profit-siphoning brokers, although most of them with the sole exception of Digitex do charge fees. 
The cryptocurrency markets are volatile, which is bad news for long-term investors. But it’s fantastic news for short-term traders in futures contracts, who can use leverage to magnify gains from the volatility. 
Among the rest, forex futures also offer some comparable benefits to cryptocurrency futures, in that you can trade with high leverage and some currencies are volatile enough to provide significant gains. Stocks and indices tend to be far less volatile and offer lower leverage. 

Which is the Best Futures Trading Platform? 

Once you’ve decided which type of markets you want to trade, then the next step is deciding where to trade futures. Many finance websites regularly provide detailed futures trading systems review for all the major platforms. 
However, here are the major points to consider when choosing a futures trading system:

Availability of product

There’s no point in choosing a platform only to find out it doesn’t sell what you want to buy.

Fees and commissions

These will directly eat into your profits. So, the lower the fees, the better your chances of turning a profit. 

User interface

Especially for a beginner, it should be relatively intuitive and easy to use. More advanced traders may appreciate access to more charts and technical analysis tools.

Customer service 

If something goes wrong, or if you get locked out of your trading account, shoddy customer service is the difference between a good trading day and a terrible trading day. 

Security 

If the platform gets hacked, your funds may be at risk. Particularly in the cryptocurrency space, high-profile exchange hacks are all too common. Make sure your chosen exchange places the highest emphasis on fund security.
More often than not, choosing a trading platform means making a trade-off on one or more of these points. At Digitex, we are taking pride in building an exchange that excels on every single one of these criteria.
When Digitex launches, it will be the only free futures trading system where you don’t pay a per-trade commission. That alone puts it in pole position for becoming the best futures trading platform. 
But there’s lots more. Users will have access to our intuitive, one-click ladder trading interface. And we’re currently in the process of setting up a world-class back office to ensure that traders can focus on one thing – trading. 

How to Trade Futures Successfully – Mistakes to Avoid

We will soon publish a post on trading strategies and choosing the best futures trading system that goes into far more detail about specific approaches. So, until then, here are some general tips on how to day trade futures online. 

Failing to Manage Your Emotions

Trading psychology is a topic all by itself. But it’s a fact that if you don’t manage your emotions effectively, you run the risk that they’ll eventually get the better of you.
It’s natural to feel fear if you hear bad news about the markets or think it’s worth hanging onto a position to wring a few more dollars out of it. But basing trading decisions on these feelings is a sure-fire route to losing money.
To successfully day trade futures online, stick to your plan, and leave the emotions out of it. As you learn to trade futures will get easier with experience. 

Deviating from Your Plan

So you’ve created a plan, tested and tested again and now you’re on the live markets. A few losing trades in, and it’s inevitable that you’ll start to question your plan.
While it makes sense in some situations to revisit a plan, especially if new information comes in, don’t feel you need to deviate from a tried and tested plan just because the market has a wobble. If you’re confident that you’ve done your research and testing correctly, hold your nerve and stick to the plan. 

Not Protecting Yourself

If you’re trading longer-term then you should always have a stop-loss in place for every trade. Unless you’re superhuman, it’s impossible to monitor the markets at all times. Especially in the world of cryptocurrency, where trading goes on 24/7, often at a breakneck speed.
A stop-loss will mean that even if the markets perform unexpectedly, you won’t be stuck in a losing position while you’re asleep. But conversely, there’s also danger in taking your eye off the markets. 

Taking Your Eye off the Markets

Although you can’t possibly watch the markets 24/7, top futures traders always keep an eye on the big picture and stay abreast of the news. Make sure you hone your analytical skills, learn to read charts and use technical tools, and if you incorporate all of this into your trading plan, you’ll start to see more good days than bad ones. 
So hopefully, by now, you’ll feel you know enough of the basics to start planning your entry to the futures market! Being a full-time trader is demanding and it’s not always easy to develop futures trading strategies that work, but it’s incredibly rewarding. 
Only DGTX holders will be able to trade on the Digitex Futures exchange, as all trades will be denominated in DGTX tokens. You can buy tokens from one of our exchange partners, or via the Digitex Treasury. Buying from the Treasury is trustless and instant, meaning there’s no price slippage. 

August 1, 2019
Digitex Futures
Trading

A Basic Guide on How to Trade Futures

Sarah Rothrie
A Basic Guide on How to Trade Futures 6

There was a time, not too long ago, when the only way to learn how to trade futures was by throwing yourself into a trading pit and just doing it. But traders today have a much better chance of success right out of the box. Why? Because the power of the internet means that longtime traders have the platforms to share their experiences and help beginners learn to trade futures – and win. Armed with a solid futures market education, even the newest of newbies can quickly start buying and selling alongside the top futures traders. 
In this article, we’ll walk through the basics of futures contracts and why futures are an excellent option for profitable trading. We’ll also cover the various futures markets, the art of choosing a trading platform and strategy, the benefits of investing in futures, and the mistakes to avoid for profitable futures trading. 

Futures Market Education 101 – About Futures

At the most basic level, a futures contract is a simple agreement to trade an asset at a defined point in the future, for an agreed price. In the first instance, futures emerged as a means of hedging against price fluctuations in the commodities markets. The first futures contracts were based on the agricultural markets, enabling farmers and their buyers to fix prices for harvests before the growing season started and protect against later market fluctuations.
Although commodities markets are still used by traders wanting to hedge on price, modern futures markets rely heavily on speculators. Speculators don’t want to take custody of the underlying asset; instead, they trade on price fluctuations. 
The presence of speculators created the futures markets as they exist today, in which futures contracts cover all kinds of assets beyond commodities. Futures are traded against stocks, indices, foreign currencies, and most recently, cryptocurrencies. 
Futures trading use margin and leverage to enhance the opportunity for profits. By borrowing funds from a broker or an exchange, you can magnify the potential for profits, although it also increases the risk exposure if the markets go against your trade.
Available leverage can vary widely between markets. For example, in the stock markets, leverage is limited to 2x, while in forex markets, it can be significantly higher.  In cryptocurrency futures markets, you can trade with up to 100x leverage. 
If you can learn how to trade futures successfully, they offer fantastic opportunities to make big money compared to other financial products or derivatives. For example, when trading options, there is better loss protection because you pay an up-front premium on an option. However, while options may offer less risk, futures offer a far greater potential for profitability. 
So now that we know all the basics of futures, how do you decide which futures to trade? 

Markets Overview – Which Are the Best Futures to Trade? 

Obviously, deciding on the best futures to trade will depend on the trader. Choosing which markets you want to enter will mean you need to determine your risk appetite and your available resources for trading.  You’ll also need to think about how much time you have for trading each day, which includes time spent on market analysis and evaluation of your results. 
For the beginner individual investor, cryptocurrencies provide some of the best futures trading opportunities. A single BTC or ETH can be split down into tiny increments, so there are very low barriers to entry.
Digitex will be the world’s first commission-free futures trading platform, making it viable to adopt a strategy of scalping profits from multiple lower-value trades. Furthermore, crypto exchanges don’t rely on profit-siphoning brokers, although most of them with the sole exception of Digitex do charge fees. 
The cryptocurrency markets are volatile, which is bad news for long-term investors. But it’s fantastic news for short-term traders in futures contracts, who can use leverage to magnify gains from the volatility. 
Among the rest, forex futures also offer some comparable benefits to cryptocurrency futures, in that you can trade with high leverage and some currencies are volatile enough to provide significant gains. Stocks and indices tend to be far less volatile and offer lower leverage. 

Which is the Best Futures Trading Platform? 

Once you’ve decided which type of markets you want to trade, then the next step is deciding where to trade futures. Many finance websites regularly provide detailed futures trading systems review for all the major platforms. 
However, here are the major points to consider when choosing a futures trading system:

Availability of product

There’s no point in choosing a platform only to find out it doesn’t sell what you want to buy.

Fees and commissions

These will directly eat into your profits. So, the lower the fees, the better your chances of turning a profit. 

User interface

Especially for a beginner, it should be relatively intuitive and easy to use. More advanced traders may appreciate access to more charts and technical analysis tools.

Customer service 

If something goes wrong, or if you get locked out of your trading account, shoddy customer service is the difference between a good trading day and a terrible trading day. 

Security 

If the platform gets hacked, your funds may be at risk. Particularly in the cryptocurrency space, high-profile exchange hacks are all too common. Make sure your chosen exchange places the highest emphasis on fund security.
More often than not, choosing a trading platform means making a trade-off on one or more of these points. At Digitex, we are taking pride in building an exchange that excels on every single one of these criteria.
When Digitex launches, it will be the only free futures trading system where you don’t pay a per-trade commission. That alone puts it in pole position for becoming the best futures trading platform. 
But there’s lots more. Users will have access to our intuitive, one-click ladder trading interface. And we’re currently in the process of setting up a world-class back office to ensure that traders can focus on one thing – trading. 

How to Trade Futures Successfully – Mistakes to Avoid

We will soon publish a post on trading strategies and choosing the best futures trading system that goes into far more detail about specific approaches. So, until then, here are some general tips on how to day trade futures online. 

Failing to Manage Your Emotions

Trading psychology is a topic all by itself. But it’s a fact that if you don’t manage your emotions effectively, you run the risk that they’ll eventually get the better of you.
It’s natural to feel fear if you hear bad news about the markets or think it’s worth hanging onto a position to wring a few more dollars out of it. But basing trading decisions on these feelings is a sure-fire route to losing money.
To successfully day trade futures online, stick to your plan, and leave the emotions out of it. As you learn to trade futures will get easier with experience. 

Deviating from Your Plan

So you’ve created a plan, tested and tested again and now you’re on the live markets. A few losing trades in, and it’s inevitable that you’ll start to question your plan.
While it makes sense in some situations to revisit a plan, especially if new information comes in, don’t feel you need to deviate from a tried and tested plan just because the market has a wobble. If you’re confident that you’ve done your research and testing correctly, hold your nerve and stick to the plan. 

Not Protecting Yourself

If you’re trading longer-term then you should always have a stop-loss in place for every trade. Unless you’re superhuman, it’s impossible to monitor the markets at all times. Especially in the world of cryptocurrency, where trading goes on 24/7, often at a breakneck speed.
A stop-loss will mean that even if the markets perform unexpectedly, you won’t be stuck in a losing position while you’re asleep. But conversely, there’s also danger in taking your eye off the markets. 

Taking Your Eye off the Markets

Although you can’t possibly watch the markets 24/7, top futures traders always keep an eye on the big picture and stay abreast of the news. Make sure you hone your analytical skills, learn to read charts and use technical tools, and if you incorporate all of this into your trading plan, you’ll start to see more good days than bad ones. 
So hopefully, by now, you’ll feel you know enough of the basics to start planning your entry to the futures market! Being a full-time trader is demanding and it’s not always easy to develop futures trading strategies that work, but it’s incredibly rewarding. 
Only DGTX holders will be able to trade on the Digitex Futures exchange, as all trades will be denominated in DGTX tokens. You can buy tokens from one of our exchange partners, or via the Digitex Treasury. Buying from the Treasury is trustless and instant, meaning there’s no price slippage. 

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