Enjoy Commission Free Crypto Trading With Digitex Futures 1

Enjoy Commission Free Crypto Trading With Digitex Futures

Digitex Futures
Trading
• Digitex
April 6, 2021

Digitex Futures is proudly the world’s first commission-free cryptocurrency futures trading platform. Thanks to its one-of-a-kind feature in the blockchain industry, market participants can pursue high-frequency trading strategies that were impossible to perform before. By disrupting the status quo, anyone can now become a consistently profitable trader. 

Creating the Path to Profitability

After spending most of his professional career on the floor of the London International Financial Futures & Options Exchange (LIFFE), Digitex Futures’ CEO Adam Todd had the vision to create a trading platform that completely eliminates all fees. The idea was to provide the nascent cryptocurrency industry with an enterprise-grade futures exchange that would enable any trader in the world to participate in the blockchain revolution. 

Todd understood that newcomers would not only be discouraged by the lack of sufficient liquidity in the cryptocurrency market and the complexity around handling these digital assets but also by the high fees that can completely remove a trader’s edge. As a result, the British entrepreneur decided to level the playing field for the average futures trader by creating a state-of-the-art, user-friendly, and zero-fee crypto futures exchange

The current core strategy that most of the renowned cryptocurrency futures exchanges in the market use to generate profits was created around the idea that a “middleman” is entitled to a fee or commission to provide its services. For instance, an average taker fee is roughly 0.075%, so traders using 100x leverage have to pay a massive 7.50% commission of their margin on every single trade. 

As the world transitions from centralized finance (CeFI) into decentralized finance (DeFi), such an unjust business model that comes at the expense of traders is now obsolete. 

Digitex Futures operates on a winning formula where all commissions and fees are eliminated, making it easy for traders to make money using high-frequency trading strategies. For the first time ever, cryptocurrency enthusiasts can engage in highly active and short-term trades without being penalized by volume-based commissions that make it impossible to make a profit. Anyone can now take single-tick profits and losses without any edge working against them. 

Instead of taking advantage of active traders, Digitex Futures actually rewards them by removing all maker and taker fees and implementing automated market makers’ software. This breakthrough innovation fundamentally changes the blockchain industry’s dynamics, and sooner rather than later other exchanges will have no choice but to follow suit. 

While others try to catch up with Digitex Futures’ zero-fee business model, market participants are welcome to grind out consistent small profits that do not get eaten up by fees using a rapid-fire trading ladder.

Those who have not signed up yet to Digitex Futures can do so easily by clicking the link here. It is time to start making money on cryptocurrency futures whether the market goes up or down. Sign up and take advantage of the world’s first commission-free cryptocurrency futures trading platform.

April 6, 2021
Digitex Futures
Trading

Enjoy Commission Free Crypto Trading With Digitex Futures

Digitex
Enjoy Commission Free Crypto Trading With Digitex Futures 2

Digitex Futures is proudly the world’s first commission-free cryptocurrency futures trading platform. Thanks to its one-of-a-kind feature in the blockchain industry, market participants can pursue high-frequency trading strategies that were impossible to perform before. By disrupting the status quo, anyone can now become a consistently profitable trader. 

Creating the Path to Profitability

After spending most of his professional career on the floor of the London International Financial Futures & Options Exchange (LIFFE), Digitex Futures’ CEO Adam Todd had the vision to create a trading platform that completely eliminates all fees. The idea was to provide the nascent cryptocurrency industry with an enterprise-grade futures exchange that would enable any trader in the world to participate in the blockchain revolution. 

Todd understood that newcomers would not only be discouraged by the lack of sufficient liquidity in the cryptocurrency market and the complexity around handling these digital assets but also by the high fees that can completely remove a trader’s edge. As a result, the British entrepreneur decided to level the playing field for the average futures trader by creating a state-of-the-art, user-friendly, and zero-fee crypto futures exchange

The current core strategy that most of the renowned cryptocurrency futures exchanges in the market use to generate profits was created around the idea that a “middleman” is entitled to a fee or commission to provide its services. For instance, an average taker fee is roughly 0.075%, so traders using 100x leverage have to pay a massive 7.50% commission of their margin on every single trade. 

As the world transitions from centralized finance (CeFI) into decentralized finance (DeFi), such an unjust business model that comes at the expense of traders is now obsolete. 

Digitex Futures operates on a winning formula where all commissions and fees are eliminated, making it easy for traders to make money using high-frequency trading strategies. For the first time ever, cryptocurrency enthusiasts can engage in highly active and short-term trades without being penalized by volume-based commissions that make it impossible to make a profit. Anyone can now take single-tick profits and losses without any edge working against them. 

Instead of taking advantage of active traders, Digitex Futures actually rewards them by removing all maker and taker fees and implementing automated market makers’ software. This breakthrough innovation fundamentally changes the blockchain industry’s dynamics, and sooner rather than later other exchanges will have no choice but to follow suit. 

While others try to catch up with Digitex Futures’ zero-fee business model, market participants are welcome to grind out consistent small profits that do not get eaten up by fees using a rapid-fire trading ladder.

Those who have not signed up yet to Digitex Futures can do so easily by clicking the link here. It is time to start making money on cryptocurrency futures whether the market goes up or down. Sign up and take advantage of the world’s first commission-free cryptocurrency futures trading platform.

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Ready to Unleash Digitex Futures — Public Testnet Launch 3

Ready to Unleash Digitex Futures — Public Testnet Launch

Digitex Futures
• admin
August 23, 2019

It’s official – Digitex will soon be ready to launch! SmartDec have confirmed that we can expect to see the world’s first zero-commission futures trading platform live on the Ethereum public testnet from 30th November. Here, our CEO Adam Todd confirms the launch date and talks about what we can expect in the lead up to the big day, and beyond. 

Adam doesn’t waste any time in confirming the news everyone’s been waiting for – Digitex is set to launch to the public on 30th November! He goes on to explain that the public launch will be on the testnet in the first instance, which means we won’t be using real DGTX tokens. Furthermore, that trading will be on just one market, for BTCUSD perpetual swaps.

After the launch, Adam explains that we intend to continue development, then moving onto the main net, and starting to add more features and markets.

However, from November 30th, we will have a real product that’s available to the public and that people can start using. He acknowledges how important this is, given the delays to development we’ve experienced in the past and the doubts these challenges have created for many people.

The SmartDec Effect

Adam is clear that the difference this time around is the team, expressing his respect and gratitude to developers, “the mighty SmartDec.”

He goes on to applaud their work in transforming the codebase they inherited into a working product, admitting:

“We grossly underestimated the complexity and the magnitude of building the world’s first zero-fee futures market with its own native cryptocurrency.”

Adam confirms that SmartDec will continue to issue their bi-weekly reports after the launch and well into the future. He also explained that it’s likely we’ll continue developing the Digitex platform with new features and functionality over the next two to three years.

He went on to clarify that now, Digitex has everything in place to enable a successful launch. We have a date and developer team to make it happen, we’ve got the funding we need to see us through, and we have a viral marketing campaign planned out to draw in traders.

The Future is Bright!

Adam explains that the futures engine will be capable of processing up to 50,000 transactions per second and provides some insights into the extensive testing work involved in bringing this to life. For the first time, we even have an entire team dedicated to doing testing and nothing else.

He also tells of how the entire company is now working together in a much more coherent and robust way, stating:

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. We went through some problems, but we came out of them better and faster and stronger.”

By the end of the video, Adam’s enthusiasm is bubbling over as he says how happy he is to be in the position of finally confirming that his vision will be brought to life. He promises more updates to come soon and sends his thanks to Digitex’s awesome community of loyal supporters!

Thanks Adam, for sharing more about the launch date!

Get your DGTX now, as the launch will be here before long! The best way to invest in DGTX is by buying your tokens from our Treasury. Token sales from the Digitex Treasury directly fund the exchange operations. You don’t need to open an exchange account, we don’t charge any fees, and the blockchain-based transactions are instant, trustless, and secure.

August 23, 2019
Digitex Futures

Ready to Unleash Digitex Futures — Public Testnet Launch

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Ready to Unleash Digitex Futures — Public Testnet Launch 4

It’s official – Digitex will soon be ready to launch! SmartDec have confirmed that we can expect to see the world’s first zero-commission futures trading platform live on the Ethereum public testnet from 30th November. Here, our CEO Adam Todd confirms the launch date and talks about what we can expect in the lead up to the big day, and beyond. 

Adam doesn’t waste any time in confirming the news everyone’s been waiting for – Digitex is set to launch to the public on 30th November! He goes on to explain that the public launch will be on the testnet in the first instance, which means we won’t be using real DGTX tokens. Furthermore, that trading will be on just one market, for BTCUSD perpetual swaps.

After the launch, Adam explains that we intend to continue development, then moving onto the main net, and starting to add more features and markets.

However, from November 30th, we will have a real product that’s available to the public and that people can start using. He acknowledges how important this is, given the delays to development we’ve experienced in the past and the doubts these challenges have created for many people.

The SmartDec Effect

Adam is clear that the difference this time around is the team, expressing his respect and gratitude to developers, “the mighty SmartDec.”

He goes on to applaud their work in transforming the codebase they inherited into a working product, admitting:

“We grossly underestimated the complexity and the magnitude of building the world’s first zero-fee futures market with its own native cryptocurrency.”

Adam confirms that SmartDec will continue to issue their bi-weekly reports after the launch and well into the future. He also explained that it’s likely we’ll continue developing the Digitex platform with new features and functionality over the next two to three years.

He went on to clarify that now, Digitex has everything in place to enable a successful launch. We have a date and developer team to make it happen, we’ve got the funding we need to see us through, and we have a viral marketing campaign planned out to draw in traders.

The Future is Bright!

Adam explains that the futures engine will be capable of processing up to 50,000 transactions per second and provides some insights into the extensive testing work involved in bringing this to life. For the first time, we even have an entire team dedicated to doing testing and nothing else.

He also tells of how the entire company is now working together in a much more coherent and robust way, stating:

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. We went through some problems, but we came out of them better and faster and stronger.”

By the end of the video, Adam’s enthusiasm is bubbling over as he says how happy he is to be in the position of finally confirming that his vision will be brought to life. He promises more updates to come soon and sends his thanks to Digitex’s awesome community of loyal supporters!

Thanks Adam, for sharing more about the launch date!

Get your DGTX now, as the launch will be here before long! The best way to invest in DGTX is by buying your tokens from our Treasury. Token sales from the Digitex Treasury directly fund the exchange operations. You don’t need to open an exchange account, we don’t charge any fees, and the blockchain-based transactions are instant, trustless, and secure.

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Digitex's Decentralized Exchange (DEX) Head Researcher, Petr Korolev 5

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 6

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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The Latest Digitex Development Report — Testing, Testing & More Testing!

Blockchain
Digitex Futures
• admin
August 9, 2019

While most of the northern hemisphere is enjoying their summer vacation, Smartdec continues to beaver away in Moscow. Our colleagues there are hard at work building the Digitex futures exchange. Right on time, they’ve now issued the fifth bi-weekly report on the Digitex development progress. Check out all the details below! 
During the last two weeks, the Smartdec team has been focused on the testing and further development of the Digitex Futures exchange engine, the technical specifications for the back office, and the specifications for the user interface. 

Rigorously Testing the Digitex Futures Exchange Engine

The majority of progress during the last two weeks has been in working to improve the exchange engine, testing and re-testing the individual features. Although it may not sound like the most exciting activity, it’s a critical part of the development process and ensures we have a clean, bug-free futures exchange at launch. 
Because market data doesn’t exist within the Ethereum blockchain environment, the exchange engine needs a source of pricing information. 
So, in the last two weeks, Smartdec has been working at implementing an oracle, which will import BTC/USD quotes into the system. The team is currently in the process of connecting the oracle, and soon, testing will be completed. 
Smartdec is using trading robots to simulate real-life trading, and development work on these is now completed. The team finished a back-test on these robots, and have implemented three different trading strategies, which will help to stress-test the exchange engine. They’ve also created a strategy for market-making, which is necessary to ensure liquidity. 
With security in mind, the exchange engine now also features two-factor authorization, which the team will put through testing. 
As mentioned in the previous report, the team have also been developing three libraries in different programming languages. These are now well underway and will also soon be ready for testing. 
Finally, there is now an API for broadcasting market data from the Digitex exchange, which will also need to undergo testing. 
Although rigorous testing still takes time, it’s a necessary process to catch any bugs or glitches before the exchange launches to live users. However, it’s excellent news that all these long-awaited features are now becoming a reality. 

Back Office Support System Integration

The last report referred to the setup of the back office, which is the part of the exchange that handles all user account management. If a trader needs to raise an issue, then they’ll open a support request which will be handled by an external system called ZenDesk. Smartdec is currently working through the options for integrating the Zendesk ticket processing system to the exchange.
Due to the size of our waitlist, we know we’re going to have a throng of traders online as soon as we launch. Therefore, it’s paramount that we ensure there’s a fast and efficient support system in place. SmartDec has been working closely with Adam to integrate a system that connects our support team directly to the exchange itself. 

User Interface Specifications

We want the user interface (UI) to be as intuitive and easy-to-use as possible, so traders can focus on what matters – trading. The Smartdec team are now working with a designer to develop the existing user interface. Together, they’ve selected a set of pages that need to be drawn and matched. 
Adam’s vision of a clear ladder trading platform is finally coming to fruition, with the specification now completed and given the stamp of approval by the man himself. Now, Smartdec can start working on implementing the ladder trading interface to the exchange functionality and UI. 
So, that’s it for now, but as you can see, Smartdec is making some serious headway in the development process. Although we don’t yet have a confirmed launch date, our latest Q&A with Digitex CMO Lidia Yadlos drops a pretty heavy hint that it’s tantalizingly close. If you haven’t already, check out her update with all the latest from Moscow! 

August 9, 2019
Blockchain
Digitex Futures

The Latest Digitex Development Report — Testing, Testing & More Testing!

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digite -futures development

While most of the northern hemisphere is enjoying their summer vacation, Smartdec continues to beaver away in Moscow. Our colleagues there are hard at work building the Digitex futures exchange. Right on time, they’ve now issued the fifth bi-weekly report on the Digitex development progress. Check out all the details below! 
During the last two weeks, the Smartdec team has been focused on the testing and further development of the Digitex Futures exchange engine, the technical specifications for the back office, and the specifications for the user interface. 

Rigorously Testing the Digitex Futures Exchange Engine

The majority of progress during the last two weeks has been in working to improve the exchange engine, testing and re-testing the individual features. Although it may not sound like the most exciting activity, it’s a critical part of the development process and ensures we have a clean, bug-free futures exchange at launch. 
Because market data doesn’t exist within the Ethereum blockchain environment, the exchange engine needs a source of pricing information. 
So, in the last two weeks, Smartdec has been working at implementing an oracle, which will import BTC/USD quotes into the system. The team is currently in the process of connecting the oracle, and soon, testing will be completed. 
Smartdec is using trading robots to simulate real-life trading, and development work on these is now completed. The team finished a back-test on these robots, and have implemented three different trading strategies, which will help to stress-test the exchange engine. They’ve also created a strategy for market-making, which is necessary to ensure liquidity. 
With security in mind, the exchange engine now also features two-factor authorization, which the team will put through testing. 
As mentioned in the previous report, the team have also been developing three libraries in different programming languages. These are now well underway and will also soon be ready for testing. 
Finally, there is now an API for broadcasting market data from the Digitex exchange, which will also need to undergo testing. 
Although rigorous testing still takes time, it’s a necessary process to catch any bugs or glitches before the exchange launches to live users. However, it’s excellent news that all these long-awaited features are now becoming a reality. 

Back Office Support System Integration

The last report referred to the setup of the back office, which is the part of the exchange that handles all user account management. If a trader needs to raise an issue, then they’ll open a support request which will be handled by an external system called ZenDesk. Smartdec is currently working through the options for integrating the Zendesk ticket processing system to the exchange.
Due to the size of our waitlist, we know we’re going to have a throng of traders online as soon as we launch. Therefore, it’s paramount that we ensure there’s a fast and efficient support system in place. SmartDec has been working closely with Adam to integrate a system that connects our support team directly to the exchange itself. 

User Interface Specifications

We want the user interface (UI) to be as intuitive and easy-to-use as possible, so traders can focus on what matters – trading. The Smartdec team are now working with a designer to develop the existing user interface. Together, they’ve selected a set of pages that need to be drawn and matched. 
Adam’s vision of a clear ladder trading platform is finally coming to fruition, with the specification now completed and given the stamp of approval by the man himself. Now, Smartdec can start working on implementing the ladder trading interface to the exchange functionality and UI. 
So, that’s it for now, but as you can see, Smartdec is making some serious headway in the development process. Although we don’t yet have a confirmed launch date, our latest Q&A with Digitex CMO Lidia Yadlos drops a pretty heavy hint that it’s tantalizingly close. If you haven’t already, check out her update with all the latest from Moscow! 

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Futures vs. Options – Which Should You Trade?

Digitex Futures
Trading
• Sarah Rothrie
August 5, 2019

Futures and options are both financial derivatives traded by institutions and individuals, either to turn a profit or to hedge against current investments. Some traders like to trade both, while some have a preference for one over the other. When you weigh up your own trading choices between futures vs. options, you must understand the pros and cons of each. 
That’s where we come in. In this guide, we’ll deep-dive into the features of futures and options contracts, take a look at how they originated and how today’s traders across different markets use them. We’ll also compare the opportunities and risks of both stock futures trading and options contracts and examine the current state of the crypto-derivatives markets. 

What is a Futures Contract? 

When you hear the terms “futures” and “futures contract,” they mean one and the same thing. A futures contract is a simple legal agreement between two parties that a particular asset or commodity will be sold at a pre-agreed price on a specific date in the future. 
Futures are one of the oldest forms of derivatives, and their origins offer a simple way of explaining how futures work. Futures emerged as a means of farmers hedging against the future value of their crops. At the start of the growing season, the farmers couldn’t predict whether or not they would have a good or a bad harvest, as it would depend on factors such as the weather.
Similarly, imagine a baker buying the wheat from the farmer on the other side of the transaction – they were subject to the same uncertainty. So, the farmers and the bakers would agree on a price for the harvest at the start of the season.
According to the laws of supply and demand, a good harvest would increase supply, and push down the price of the wheat. Conversely, a poor harvest creates a shortage, driving demand, and wheat prices high. By entering into a futures contract, the farmers and the bakers could hedge their overall risk by agreeing on the harvest price upfront.
Although the markets have evolved, the nature of futures contracts remains the same. Today’s futures markets consist of hedgers and speculators. Hedgers are the parties with commodities or assets to sell who want to secure an agreed price. Speculators are those trade futures contracts against the value of the asset without ever planning to take custody of the asset itself. 
The financial markets are filled with jargon, so you may come across different terms and be left wondering “what are stock futures?” or “what are forex futures?” Rest assured that the explainer given here applies to any futures market, whether the underlying asset is stocks, fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies, or commodities like oil, metals, or utilities. 
So now that you’ve had a futures contract explained, how does an options contract work? 

What is an Options Contract?

A critical difference between futures and options is that an options contract doesn’t represent a legal agreement to buy or sell. An options contract creates a right, not an obligation, to enter into a trade before a fixed date at which the contract expires. 
Options contracts are of two types. A call option is a contract that allows the trader to buy a particular asset at a fixed price, called the strike price before the contract expires. Let’s say someone opens a call option to buy BTC at $10k with an expiry date at the end of 2020.
If BTC goes up to $15k, the trader can buy the BTC at $10k and immediately sell on the open market at $15k, realizing a $5k profit on the transaction. They could also sell the option contract itself, as it already represents a profit. 
The other type of option is a put option, which works in exactly the same way except it represents a sell transaction rather than a buy transaction. 
Like futures contracts, options contracts have a long and rich history, stretching all the way back to Ancient Greece. Aristotle provides a great example of options contracts in action at the time. He wrote of a poor philosopher called Thales, who made his wealth by forecasting the future year’s olive harvest. 
Thales made agreements with the olive press owners for the option to use their olive presses at a fixed value. The next year, there was a bountiful olive harvest. Due to the increased demand for olive presses, Thales was able to sell his “olive press options” for a profit.  

What is the Difference Between Futures and Options?

So, now we’ve covered the difference between futures and options on a mechanical level, what are the differences between future and options in a trading scenario?
Buying options offer a more conservative approach to trading. When buying options, the trader can never lose more than their initial investment, known as the premium. The premium value may vary depending on the difference between the option strike price and the actual asset price and the time left before the option expiry.
Regardless of whether the asset price falls way below the premium, the trader doesn’t lose any more than this value. This applies if they can’t sell the option and choose not to exercise their right to buy. 
The option seller faces far more risk, as they must honor the agreement to sell the options at the strike price. Selling (also called writing) options can lead to very high losses in volatile markets and are best left to the most experienced institutional options traders. 
Futures represent a legally binding agreement to buy an asset; therefore, they carry more risk as the trader cannot simply choose not to fulfill the trade. Furthermore, profits and losses are directly linked to the value of the asset with no premium to offset the downside. 
Conversely, though, trading futures offers the opportunity for far higher returns than trading options. Trading futures on margin amplifies the potential for even bigger profits, and losses, with futures trading. 
Options trading can be more complicated to understand than futures trading. However, once the basics are in place, options represent a solid choice for a newer trader. Because the risk exposure on a call option is limited to the premium paid, a trader can get away with understanding less about the market itself. 
On the other hand, experienced traders who know their markets well tend to opt for futures vs. options. If you’ve spent long enough understanding the markets for a particular asset, then you’re more likely to turn a bigger profit using leveraged futures contracts than with options. 

Markets for Futures and Options

You can trade futures and options across a wide variety of markets. These include:

  • Stocks such as Apple, Google or any publicly-traded company
  • Indices such as the S&P 500 or the DJI
  • Foreign currencies
  • Commodities such as precious metals, oil, and gas, or agricultural products
  • Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ether

Trading in these markets can happen both over-the-counter and in exchanges. 
In the traditional financial markets, there is an even broader range of financial derivatives, including forwards and swaps covering a variety of assets. However, in the cryptocurrency space, it’s the futures contract that currently reigns supreme. 

The Burgeoning Crypto-Derivative Market

A vast market for cryptocurrency derivatives has emerged over the last year or two. BitMEX first opened its doors in 2014, but the CME and the Cboe started offering bitcoin futures contracts to institutional clients in December 2017. The primary attraction in trading cryptocurrency derivatives is that the markets are more volatile. This volatility provides the opportunity for traders to realize far more significant gains than in traditional markets, which are more stable. Futures trading also provided the first means of going short on bitcoin. 
At this point in 2019, there are more exchanges to choose from if you want to trade cryptocurrency futures. BitMEX still dominates, but there are plenty of other choices, including Deribit, Bybit, and Cryptofacilities. Many existing cryptocurrency exchanges have expanded into futures too, including OKEx, Huobi and soon, Binance. 
Once Digitex launches, we aim for our zero-commission, decentralized futures exchange to outrank each of them on factors including fees, leverage, security, and liquidity. With the crypto futures markets at an all-time high, there’s no better time than now for new entrants to emerge. 
At the time of writing, the only exchange offering cryptocurrency options is Deribit. This makes the market for options far more limited than futures.  
At Digitex, we firmly believe that futures are the superior choice, particularly for more experienced and regular cryptocurrency traders. They were the first crypto-derivative to emerge, they provide the opportunity for the highest returns, and they have strong institutional and retail support. While the prospects for cryptocurrency options trading remain limited, liquidity will continue to be a challenge. Of course, things could change if more exchanges start offering options. 

Knowledge is Power

So, what about newcomers to the markets, or those who don’t trade so regularly? Well, there are no barriers to entry. However, newcomers to all kinds of trading should take steps to ensure they are educating themselves about the futures trading basics, such as types of instruments on offer and the markets for the underlying assets. 
It will also help to gain an understanding of the principles of technical and fundamental analysis which traders use to read and forecast market fluctuations. Furthermore, all traders, whether newcomers or the most experienced, should have an understanding of their own appetite for risk, and know when to exit a losing trade. 
Following these principles will serve you well, whether you choose to trade spot or derivatives, crypto or stocks, want to make a living trading futures or just trade for fun on the side, or engage in day trading or long term investing. If you want to learn more, the Digitex blog is a great place to start. We’ve published many informational articles which explain futures trading in-depth, covering jargon, strategy, analysis, trading versus investing, and much more. In trading as in life, knowledge is power. 
 
 

August 5, 2019
Digitex Futures
Trading

Futures vs. Options – Which Should You Trade?

Sarah Rothrie
Futures vs. Options - Which Should You Trade? 8

Futures and options are both financial derivatives traded by institutions and individuals, either to turn a profit or to hedge against current investments. Some traders like to trade both, while some have a preference for one over the other. When you weigh up your own trading choices between futures vs. options, you must understand the pros and cons of each. 
That’s where we come in. In this guide, we’ll deep-dive into the features of futures and options contracts, take a look at how they originated and how today’s traders across different markets use them. We’ll also compare the opportunities and risks of both stock futures trading and options contracts and examine the current state of the crypto-derivatives markets. 

What is a Futures Contract? 

When you hear the terms “futures” and “futures contract,” they mean one and the same thing. A futures contract is a simple legal agreement between two parties that a particular asset or commodity will be sold at a pre-agreed price on a specific date in the future. 
Futures are one of the oldest forms of derivatives, and their origins offer a simple way of explaining how futures work. Futures emerged as a means of farmers hedging against the future value of their crops. At the start of the growing season, the farmers couldn’t predict whether or not they would have a good or a bad harvest, as it would depend on factors such as the weather.
Similarly, imagine a baker buying the wheat from the farmer on the other side of the transaction – they were subject to the same uncertainty. So, the farmers and the bakers would agree on a price for the harvest at the start of the season.
According to the laws of supply and demand, a good harvest would increase supply, and push down the price of the wheat. Conversely, a poor harvest creates a shortage, driving demand, and wheat prices high. By entering into a futures contract, the farmers and the bakers could hedge their overall risk by agreeing on the harvest price upfront.
Although the markets have evolved, the nature of futures contracts remains the same. Today’s futures markets consist of hedgers and speculators. Hedgers are the parties with commodities or assets to sell who want to secure an agreed price. Speculators are those trade futures contracts against the value of the asset without ever planning to take custody of the asset itself. 
The financial markets are filled with jargon, so you may come across different terms and be left wondering “what are stock futures?” or “what are forex futures?” Rest assured that the explainer given here applies to any futures market, whether the underlying asset is stocks, fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies, or commodities like oil, metals, or utilities. 
So now that you’ve had a futures contract explained, how does an options contract work? 

What is an Options Contract?

A critical difference between futures and options is that an options contract doesn’t represent a legal agreement to buy or sell. An options contract creates a right, not an obligation, to enter into a trade before a fixed date at which the contract expires. 
Options contracts are of two types. A call option is a contract that allows the trader to buy a particular asset at a fixed price, called the strike price before the contract expires. Let’s say someone opens a call option to buy BTC at $10k with an expiry date at the end of 2020.
If BTC goes up to $15k, the trader can buy the BTC at $10k and immediately sell on the open market at $15k, realizing a $5k profit on the transaction. They could also sell the option contract itself, as it already represents a profit. 
The other type of option is a put option, which works in exactly the same way except it represents a sell transaction rather than a buy transaction. 
Like futures contracts, options contracts have a long and rich history, stretching all the way back to Ancient Greece. Aristotle provides a great example of options contracts in action at the time. He wrote of a poor philosopher called Thales, who made his wealth by forecasting the future year’s olive harvest. 
Thales made agreements with the olive press owners for the option to use their olive presses at a fixed value. The next year, there was a bountiful olive harvest. Due to the increased demand for olive presses, Thales was able to sell his “olive press options” for a profit.  

What is the Difference Between Futures and Options?

So, now we’ve covered the difference between futures and options on a mechanical level, what are the differences between future and options in a trading scenario?
Buying options offer a more conservative approach to trading. When buying options, the trader can never lose more than their initial investment, known as the premium. The premium value may vary depending on the difference between the option strike price and the actual asset price and the time left before the option expiry.
Regardless of whether the asset price falls way below the premium, the trader doesn’t lose any more than this value. This applies if they can’t sell the option and choose not to exercise their right to buy. 
The option seller faces far more risk, as they must honor the agreement to sell the options at the strike price. Selling (also called writing) options can lead to very high losses in volatile markets and are best left to the most experienced institutional options traders. 
Futures represent a legally binding agreement to buy an asset; therefore, they carry more risk as the trader cannot simply choose not to fulfill the trade. Furthermore, profits and losses are directly linked to the value of the asset with no premium to offset the downside. 
Conversely, though, trading futures offers the opportunity for far higher returns than trading options. Trading futures on margin amplifies the potential for even bigger profits, and losses, with futures trading. 
Options trading can be more complicated to understand than futures trading. However, once the basics are in place, options represent a solid choice for a newer trader. Because the risk exposure on a call option is limited to the premium paid, a trader can get away with understanding less about the market itself. 
On the other hand, experienced traders who know their markets well tend to opt for futures vs. options. If you’ve spent long enough understanding the markets for a particular asset, then you’re more likely to turn a bigger profit using leveraged futures contracts than with options. 

Markets for Futures and Options

You can trade futures and options across a wide variety of markets. These include:

  • Stocks such as Apple, Google or any publicly-traded company
  • Indices such as the S&P 500 or the DJI
  • Foreign currencies
  • Commodities such as precious metals, oil, and gas, or agricultural products
  • Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ether

Trading in these markets can happen both over-the-counter and in exchanges. 
In the traditional financial markets, there is an even broader range of financial derivatives, including forwards and swaps covering a variety of assets. However, in the cryptocurrency space, it’s the futures contract that currently reigns supreme. 

The Burgeoning Crypto-Derivative Market

A vast market for cryptocurrency derivatives has emerged over the last year or two. BitMEX first opened its doors in 2014, but the CME and the Cboe started offering bitcoin futures contracts to institutional clients in December 2017. The primary attraction in trading cryptocurrency derivatives is that the markets are more volatile. This volatility provides the opportunity for traders to realize far more significant gains than in traditional markets, which are more stable. Futures trading also provided the first means of going short on bitcoin. 
At this point in 2019, there are more exchanges to choose from if you want to trade cryptocurrency futures. BitMEX still dominates, but there are plenty of other choices, including Deribit, Bybit, and Cryptofacilities. Many existing cryptocurrency exchanges have expanded into futures too, including OKEx, Huobi and soon, Binance. 
Once Digitex launches, we aim for our zero-commission, decentralized futures exchange to outrank each of them on factors including fees, leverage, security, and liquidity. With the crypto futures markets at an all-time high, there’s no better time than now for new entrants to emerge. 
At the time of writing, the only exchange offering cryptocurrency options is Deribit. This makes the market for options far more limited than futures.  
At Digitex, we firmly believe that futures are the superior choice, particularly for more experienced and regular cryptocurrency traders. They were the first crypto-derivative to emerge, they provide the opportunity for the highest returns, and they have strong institutional and retail support. While the prospects for cryptocurrency options trading remain limited, liquidity will continue to be a challenge. Of course, things could change if more exchanges start offering options. 

Knowledge is Power

So, what about newcomers to the markets, or those who don’t trade so regularly? Well, there are no barriers to entry. However, newcomers to all kinds of trading should take steps to ensure they are educating themselves about the futures trading basics, such as types of instruments on offer and the markets for the underlying assets. 
It will also help to gain an understanding of the principles of technical and fundamental analysis which traders use to read and forecast market fluctuations. Furthermore, all traders, whether newcomers or the most experienced, should have an understanding of their own appetite for risk, and know when to exit a losing trade. 
Following these principles will serve you well, whether you choose to trade spot or derivatives, crypto or stocks, want to make a living trading futures or just trade for fun on the side, or engage in day trading or long term investing. If you want to learn more, the Digitex blog is a great place to start. We’ve published many informational articles which explain futures trading in-depth, covering jargon, strategy, analysis, trading versus investing, and much more. In trading as in life, knowledge is power. 
 
 

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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 10

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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Digitex Futures Exchange Development Update

Blockchain
Digitex Futures
• Christina Comben
June 27, 2019

As usual, a lot has been going on at Digitex over the past two weeks since the initial SmartDec development report. Not only have we announced our plans of becoming a DAO but we’ve also put forward a token reallocation proposal to the community. And, of course, behind the scenes, SmartDec has been working hard.

SmartDec Development Status Report Number 2

As promised, SmartDec is producing bi-weekly reports (that means every other week, not twice a week, as some people understood) so that the community can see the work that they have been doing. These reports include what has been done so far and what’s going to be worked on over the coming weeks. You can check out their report by visiting the company blog.
As the report is technical in nature, here we break down some of the jargon into plain English for those less familiar with some of the terms used.

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Digitex Futures exchange developers (left to right) — Evgeny Marchenko, Alexander Seleznev, Sergei Pavlin (SmartDec)

Working on the User Interface

As you know, when it comes to cryptocurrency trading, the user interface (UI) is critical. This is often where many decentralized exchanges and applications fall down. They fail to offer a seamless working interface that has a logical flow and allows traders to place bid and sell orders at lightning speed.
One of Digitex’s many selling points is its one-click ladder interface that allows traders to stay in the zone and keep their eyes on the price action as it moves up and down to the left and right of the ladder. As you know, this particular part of the exchange was built by our Dublin team and recreated by SmartDec with all vulnerabilities removed.
What SmartDec has been working on over the last two weeks in terms of UI is making it as simple as possible for users to sign up and open an account. This is vital when it comes to onboarding new traders.
How many times have you visited an exchange only to be put off by the unfriendly signup experience or complicated interface and processes?
SmartDec is ensuring that opening an account is seamless, that authorization is fast, and that there is a simple and robust password recovery system in place. Work on this will continue over the next two weeks.

Ensuring a Robust Futures Engine

Remember, our Dublin team already carried out an excellent job when it came to the order matching engine. Many times, it’s almost impossible to take someone else’s code and build it and make it run. 
What SmartDec has been doing when it comes to the futures engine is auditing it, removing vulnerabilities, ensuring that future development is easy, and the code is sustainable for the long term.
This has required the team to eliminate certain parts of the code and create new parts that remove the dependencies. The team will continue to work on this task over the coming weeks as well. However, they have already succeeded in optimizing the architecture and removing the redundant code.

Development Status Overall

SmartDec’s report provides greater technical detail about work they’re doing on involving the Postgres database, and other development elements. The team is already working on developing the specs they’ve been building–moving forward with the rest of the exchange development the way that they see fit.
Things are looking good. The team is working well together, and development is in the right hands. Thanks for your continued support!
Click here to learn about Digitex’s futures tick value list.

June 27, 2019
Blockchain
Digitex Futures

Digitex Futures Exchange Development Update

Christina Comben
digite -futures development

As usual, a lot has been going on at Digitex over the past two weeks since the initial SmartDec development report. Not only have we announced our plans of becoming a DAO but we’ve also put forward a token reallocation proposal to the community. And, of course, behind the scenes, SmartDec has been working hard.

SmartDec Development Status Report Number 2

As promised, SmartDec is producing bi-weekly reports (that means every other week, not twice a week, as some people understood) so that the community can see the work that they have been doing. These reports include what has been done so far and what’s going to be worked on over the coming weeks. You can check out their report by visiting the company blog.
As the report is technical in nature, here we break down some of the jargon into plain English for those less familiar with some of the terms used.

Digitex Futures Exchange Development Update 12
Digitex Futures exchange developers (left to right) — Evgeny Marchenko, Alexander Seleznev, Sergei Pavlin (SmartDec)

Working on the User Interface

As you know, when it comes to cryptocurrency trading, the user interface (UI) is critical. This is often where many decentralized exchanges and applications fall down. They fail to offer a seamless working interface that has a logical flow and allows traders to place bid and sell orders at lightning speed.
One of Digitex’s many selling points is its one-click ladder interface that allows traders to stay in the zone and keep their eyes on the price action as it moves up and down to the left and right of the ladder. As you know, this particular part of the exchange was built by our Dublin team and recreated by SmartDec with all vulnerabilities removed.
What SmartDec has been working on over the last two weeks in terms of UI is making it as simple as possible for users to sign up and open an account. This is vital when it comes to onboarding new traders.
How many times have you visited an exchange only to be put off by the unfriendly signup experience or complicated interface and processes?
SmartDec is ensuring that opening an account is seamless, that authorization is fast, and that there is a simple and robust password recovery system in place. Work on this will continue over the next two weeks.

Ensuring a Robust Futures Engine

Remember, our Dublin team already carried out an excellent job when it came to the order matching engine. Many times, it’s almost impossible to take someone else’s code and build it and make it run. 
What SmartDec has been doing when it comes to the futures engine is auditing it, removing vulnerabilities, ensuring that future development is easy, and the code is sustainable for the long term.
This has required the team to eliminate certain parts of the code and create new parts that remove the dependencies. The team will continue to work on this task over the coming weeks as well. However, they have already succeeded in optimizing the architecture and removing the redundant code.

Development Status Overall

SmartDec’s report provides greater technical detail about work they’re doing on involving the Postgres database, and other development elements. The team is already working on developing the specs they’ve been building–moving forward with the rest of the exchange development the way that they see fit.
Things are looking good. The team is working well together, and development is in the right hands. Thanks for your continued support!
Click here to learn about Digitex’s futures tick value list.

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A Closer Look at Digitex Futures Exchange Features

Digitex Futures
Trading
• Christina Comben
March 6, 2019

As you may have heard by now, Digitex has partnered with Spotware software developers to finalize our product for the public launch. With years of experience creating trading platforms for brokers, the team behind the popular Forex trading platform cTrader is an invaluable addition to our fold. Let’s take a look at some of the extra features this partnership allows us to bring you in the exchange. Continue reading

March 6, 2019
Digitex Futures
Trading

A Closer Look at Digitex Futures Exchange Features

Christina Comben
A Closer Look at Digitex Futures Exchange Features 14

As you may have heard by now, Digitex has partnered with Spotware software developers to finalize our product for the public launch. With years of experience creating trading platforms for brokers, the team behind the popular Forex trading platform cTrader is an invaluable addition to our fold. Let’s take a look at some of the extra features this partnership allows us to bring you in the exchange. Continue reading

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