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The idea for a bitcoin futures contract has been around for at least five years, and it’s only just now becoming popular with hedge funds and investors looking for a new investment option.
But the idea of buying an asset that has been largely considered a speculative commodity has been gaining traction recently, with some hedge funds also looking to enter the space.
“I’m still not sure if I’m buying it or not,” says Ryan Hatton, a venture capitalist at Blackstone, a global private equity firm.
“If I’m not buying it, why are I buying it?”
He is also skeptical about the value proposition of the contract, which is structured as a simple contract that requires the buyer to keep track of the price of a specified commodity.
“It sounds simple, but it’s not,” he says.
“There’s nothing obvious about this one.”
The most straightforward way to get a bitcoin is to buy it on an exchange such as Coinbase, which has seen a boom in popularity in the last year.
For $5, you can trade in bitcoins for dollars, yen or euros.
But if you want to invest in the cryptocurrency, the easiest way to do that is to invest the bitcoin in an exchange-traded fund (ETF), which is a vehicle for holding bitcoin that is not linked to a specific asset.
Bitcoin has a lot of value because it’s a relatively new asset class, so it has some inherent volatility.
This makes it attractive for hedge funds.
But as a hedge fund, you have to hedge against that volatility in order to get returns.
And the market has been flooded with money in recent years.
That’s where an investor could try to make money on the cryptocurrency.
But a lot is at stake in the initial trade, says Scott Haller, a partner at BlackRock and the co-founder of BitPenguin, a cryptocurrency investment management service.
“The idea that you’re going to be making money with bitcoin in a short period of time is a lot less attractive than a longer-term investment,” he adds.
“You don’t want to put your money at risk.
There’s not a lot you can do if you’re buying it from someone.”
One risk: trading in bitcoin can be tricky.
The price of bitcoin can fluctuate wildly, and a lot depends on how much trading takes place on the platform.
If you are a high-frequency trader and you trade regularly, it’s possible that you can lose money on trades.
And because bitcoin is a new asset, there’s no way to track how much you are losing on each trade.
That means it’s also risky to trade in a volatile market.
The biggest risk of trading in a cryptocurrency is the volatility.
“Most people will lose money in bitcoin trading, because of the volatility,” says Haller.
The riskiest thing about bitcoin is that the price can also fluctuate.
That can mean that you could lose money if you do a bad trade.
“That’s one of the reasons people would trade in bitcoin,” says Hatton.
But Hatton says he’s seen a lot more volatility in the bitcoin space lately.
“Bitcoin has had a lot in the past few years,” he said.
“A lot of people were buying bitcoin in the days before it was on the block chain, when the price was way up and a few were trading it, but they’ve all gone back down since.”
If you trade in the digital currency with the expectation of making a quick profit, then you should expect to lose money.
But that’s not what happened for many of the investors who have invested in the futures market.
“People bought bitcoins when the value was going up, and they were buying them now, but not much more,” says Brian Linder, an equity analyst at New World Capital Partners.
“They’re buying a bit of bitcoin, and then it goes down and they lose money.”
For many investors, the futures are a way to try to profit from bitcoin’s volatility, and that’s where Hatton and others have made the most of their investment.
But some hedge fund managers have been trading bitcoin futures in the form of bitcoin futures contracts, which are not necessarily designed to trade as a commodity.
And there’s been some confusion about whether the contracts actually represent bitcoin.
The futures contracts are not actually bitcoin, but rather, a contract that refers to the price that the exchange would accept in an asset-backed security, such as bitcoin.
In this case, the contract refers to a security that is backed by bitcoins.
“This is where it’s hard to tell if it’s actually a bitcoin or a futures contract,” says Chris Dixon, a professor of finance at the University of Warwick, UK.
“What’s hard is to know whether it’s something that is bitcoin or something that’s a futures market contract.”
If the futures contract is not bitcoin, that means the price could be