Where to trade Bitcoin with a UK broker

So, according to Forbes, Bitcoin is the new Gold?

If by that they mean a wildly volatile and unpredictably financial instrument that can be speculated on with massive leverage then they are probably right.

But, if you haven’t traded or bought Bitcoin before where should you get started?

Firstly you need to decide why you want to buy Bitcoin. Are you just speculating on the price or do you want to buy physical Bitcoins to make ah hem purchases with?

If you want to speculate on the price of bitcoin you can do so through a spread bettingCFD or MT4 broker.

One of the only LSE listed brokers offer trading on bitcoin at the moment is:

With all types of investing and trading in volatile products you can lose all or more than your initial deposit so make sure you manage your risk

Here is the main difference between the three types:

  • Spread betting – is trading as a bet so there is no capital gain tax on profits
  • CFD – Contracts for difference are trades based pricing and you can trade with direct market access
  • MT4 – is just a trading platform that spread betting and CFD brokers provide as well as their own in house platform (it has some bells and whistles and can auto trade).

If you’re buying Bitcoin for physical purchases you need to go to a Bitcoin exchange. Bitcoin.org very kindly has a list of UK exchanges where you can buy Bitcoins to hold. These include Coinfloor, Coincorner and Bittylicious.

You can see the Bitcion price on PLUS 500 here:

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