CryptoFacilities: FCA-Regulated Crypto-Futures
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Written on: July 18th, 2017 | Author: David M
  • Ripple and Bitcoin Futures with up to 50:1 leverage.  All trades collateralized in Bitcoin or Ripple.
  • The only FCA-approved cryptocurrency futures trading platform, deposits insured
  • The lowest fees in the market on futures, with no funding premiums or overnight swaps.

Open an Account With CryptoFacilities

Cryptofacilities Bitcoin and Ripple Futures Trading Platform

Cryptofacilities is an FCA-regulated derivatives exchange operating out of the UK. The entire exchange runs on Ripple and Bitcoin, both in terms of allowable deposits and also trade collateralization. There are four different instruments, a bitcoin-usd future, a bitcoin-usd turbo which offers 50X leverage, a ripple-usd future, and a ripple-bitcoin future. There are a number of contract lengths within each of these instrument types.

Cryptofacilities has the lowest fees in the market and is one of only a handful of bitcoin futures trading platforms. Spreads are low and liquidity is ample and growing. If you are seeking a legitimate and serious derivatives platform for crypto, check out cryptofacilities.

Getting Started

Opening an account with cryptofacilities is a microcosm of the larger tug of war between crypto and mainstream finance. All trading is collateralized in Bitcoin or Ripple, and so theoretically an instant registration and deposit should be doable a la whaleclub or BitMEX; on the other side you have got cryptofacilities' authorization to provide regulated services and products under the auspices of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority.

The FCA requires minimum standards amongst authorized vendors meant to protect consumers, and many will find comfort in these protections. Others will, perhaps somewhat cynically, find them worthless and be entirely turned off by the KYC requirements - to this latter group we recommend bitMEX. Regardless of your inclination, cryptofacilities, thanks to its regulatory status and security precautions, has secured insurance for the USD value of all bitcoin held in its wallets.

Cryptocurrency Futures at Cryptofacilities

Cryptofacilities limits futures contracts to four different contract types, listed below. Of particular note is the fee table, which is lowest in the market. Also notable is the lack of any funding fee or swap rate. So yes, you need to go through a KYC, but at the other end of the tunnel is the most competitively priced crypto-futures platform in the market.

Contract Size 1 BTC 1 BTC 10,000 XRP 10,000 XRP
Leverage Long 5:1 49:1 7:1 5:1
leverage Short 7:1 51:1 9:1 5:1
Maker Fees 0 0 0 0
Taker Fees .0008 .0008 8 .00012
Maturities 1,2W; 1,2,3Q 1,2W 1,2W; 1,2,3Q 1,2W; 1,2,3Q

The fees are fixed in either bitcoin or, in the case of XRPUSD, Ripple. Terminated, liquidated or final settlements are treated as taker trades.

Trade with Cryptofacilities

How to Trade Bitcoin Futures Derivatives with Cryptofacilities

The four Futures offered run across the upper-middle of the screen, and a click opens up a listing of the instruments, ordered by nearest settlement date, illustrated in days under the moniker DTM.

Note the premium percentage, which is simply the cost of the futures price over the spot price annualized to one year depending on the remaining days to settlement. In plain english, if the XBT:USD instrument is trading at a negative premium it means that the market, at least expressed by cryptofacilities, expects the spot price of bitcoin to fall.

After an instrument is selected, limit and market orders may be placed from the trade slip below.

Market orders will will not be filled more than 10% from the current mid price, and so traders may experience partial fills. Users can set stop loss instruction on execution or at a future time.

Stop loss orders have two components, the stop price and the limit price. The stop price triggers your order, while the limit price is the worst price at which your position may be liquidated. This is required as order book depth might have a large gap between prices at particular moments, and this prevents artificially depressed liquidation.

Cryptofacilities Margin Requirement

Users are set up with cash accounts in bitcoin or ripple, and internal transfers must be made to each particular instrument in order to trade. Each instrument operates in a ring-fenced fashion. Ffailure to maintain margin in one instrument will not impact another, nor the cash account, but the user is responsible for ensure margin requirements in each particular instrument account. See below the margin requirements.

  XBT:USD Futures XBT:USD Turbos
Margin Long Short Protection Long Short Protection
Required .2 .1429 16.7% .0204 .0196 2%
Maintenance .15 .1071 12.5% .0179 .0172 1.75%
Liquidation .09 .0643 7.5% .0153 .0147 1.5%
Termination .06 .0429 5% .0051 .0049 .5%


  XRP:USD Future XRP:XBT Futures
Margin Long Short Protection Long Short Protection
Requirement 1,429 1,111 12.5% .03 .03 20%
Maintenance 1,027 883 9.4% .0224 .0224 15%
Liquidation 643 500 5.6% .0135 .0135 9%
Termination 429 333 3.8% .009 .009 6%

The protection percentage shows the change in price, opposite to your position, which would result in the total loss of investment, ignoring the fact that the position would be liquidated before such an event.

Cryptofacilities Mobile

Unfortunately, the website and platform are not mobile friendly, though if the going got rough you might be able to fire off an order. The platform is currently being revamped, and we believe mobile trading considerations are being taken into account.

Bottom Line

CryptoFacilities is one of a handful of cryptocurrency derivatives platforms in the market, and the only one regulated in the UK. Whilst allowing for the insurance of funds, this does mean that users must go through an actual KYC process, a bit of an annoyance considering the platform accepts only crypto. However, we would imagine that many users will prefer FCA regulation together with the KYC against the absence of both.

After KYC is completed, users will have access to one of the top platforms in the market, with the lowest fees and the greatest variety of maturity dates. And for the Ripple holding derivatives trading niche, if such a niche exists, you have just found Mecca.

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