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Hello,

Can you please review your spreads on crypto, given the current prices levels. For instance, the spread on ripple is now at 8% to buy and sell this instrument.

 

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Looking forward to it. An 8% spread on ripple round trip makes this untradable for instance.

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Hi @mjr6 - Spreads on crypto were lowered a couple of days ago - I just wanted to confirm that on Community. Cheers :) 

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There is about a 50 point spread on Bitcoin and Ether is around 10 points.

The way the crypto spreads are structured are to give the advantage to IG. The key is to wait for the big trends to materialise and when they do then trade otherwise wait on the sidelines patiently.

The positive news is that at least IG have lowered the spreads on cryptos from where they were. It is a fine balance for IG to give them the advantage but at the same time not discouraging any traders in using IG to trade cryptos. 

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19 hours ago, TrendFollower said:

There is about a 50 point spread on Bitcoin and Ether is around 10 points.

The way the crypto spreads are structured are to give the advantage to IG. The key is to wait for the big trends to materialise and when they do then trade otherwise wait on the sidelines patiently.

The positive news is that at least IG have lowered the spreads on cryptos from where they were. It is a fine balance for IG to give them the advantage but at the same time not discouraging any traders in using IG to trade cryptos. 

Hey - the spread is actually structured to give you the best avaliable price and the tightest possible difference between the buy and sell. There is no way we would be able to offer this asset with a tighter spread - the main reason for this one is a complete lack of liquidity when dealing in size on a leverage account. You can read more on that via the mega thread here under section three - FAQ's >> https://community.ig.com/forums/topic/2300-cryptocurrency-mega-thread/

 

 

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@JamesIG, 'hey' I understand that Bitcoin is going to be more expensive for spread betting companies like IG. IG will need to hedge the cost to buy and sell (the spread). Also overnight financing is expensive and the daily rolling spread bets will have a very expensive financing rate for the same reason as the spreads being wider than usual. I accept you could potentially try and mitigate this by using a quarterly spread bet with a longer expiry date. However, one would assume that the cost of carry will mean that the price is higher than the market.

I thought this was a very interesting article.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-09/spread-better-ig-group-among-biggest-holders-of-bitcoin-futures

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