Litecoin Futures Trading Guide
Understand what LTC futures are and how to use the leverage in futures to amplify your trading gains
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LTC Contracts Listed on Delta Exchange
LTC Contracts Listed on
Delta Exchange
Litecoin futures enable you to take long (you profit when market goes up) and short positions (you profit when market goes down) on LTC. Futures have in-built leverage which acts as a multiplier to your returns.
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About Litecoin
Litecoin (LTC) is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that enables near instant and low cost money transfers. Creation and transfer of LTC is decentralised and is based on an open-source cryptographic protocol. The Litecoin blockchain started as a hard-fork of the Bitcoin block in October 2011. Due to this, the Litecoin protocol is nearly identical to Bitcoin protocol.
They key differences between Litecoin and Bitcoin are as follows:
  • Blocktime in Litecoin blockchain is ~2.5mins vs. ~10mins for Bitcoin
  • The supply of Bitcoin is capped at 21 million, whereas the max supply of Litecoins is 84 million
  • Litecoin uses scrypt as the hashing algorithm, while SHA-256 is used in Bitcoin blockchain. This choice of hashing algorithm makes is easy to mine LTC using any consumer-grade hardware
What is Litecoin Futures Trading?
Litecoin Futures is an agreement between two parties to buy or sell Litecoin at a predetermined future date and price. The futures contract derives its value from the underlying cryptocurrency, Litecoin in this case. Thus the price of a Litecoin futures contract moves broadly in sync with the price of Litecoin.
Trading futures is thus an alternative to actually buying or selling the underlying crypto (aka spot trading). In spot trading, you can make profit by buying Litecoin low and selling it at a high price. This trade however works only in a bull market, i.e. when Litecoin price is going up. However, in a bear market, there is no trade possible in spot trading. Furthermore, leverage trading is not possible in spot trading.
Trading Litecoin through futures offers several advantages over spot trading of Litecoin, namely ability to both long or short and get access to leverage.
Trade profitably in all market conditions
You can profit from rising LTC price by going long Litecoin futures. And, when LTC price is falling, you can make profits by going short. This feature of futures trading enable you to navigate all types of market conditions profitably. Compare this with directly buying Litecoin. When price is falling, you can either sell your Litecoin or suffer losses. In spot trading, there is no way of profiting from falling prices.
Hedge Price Risk
If you are a HODLer, you can still use futures to mitigate price risk. Say, you hold LTC. You can mitigate the risks you face when Litecoin is falling by going short LTC futures. In this case, a short futures position acts as a downside protection by effectively locking the $ value of your portfolio without the need for selling your Litecoin. Judicious use of futures as hedge can make you a better and stronger HODLer.
Amplify trading gains with leverage
Leverage enables you to open positions that are bigger than your trading capital. If you can open a position that is 10 times bigger than your trading capital, then you have 10x leverage available to you. The maximum allowed leverage for futures listed on Delta Exchange is as high as 100x. There are two ways of thinking about leverage:
  • Leverage as capital efficiency driver : For opening a position of a given size, higher the leverage lower the trading capital required. The leverage in spot trading is always 1x, while it is 3-4x in margin trading. This means futures is 20 to 100 times more capital efficient than spot or margin trading.
  • Leverage as a returns amplifier : Because in a leverage trade position size is greater than the capital deployed, impact of prices moves gets magnified. The return on capital deployed is leverage times the price return. This means that you can amplify your trading gains the effective use of leverage.
If LTC increased from $100 to $101.25 your return would be equal to:
+1.25%
Without leverage
+12.5%
With 10x leverage
+25%
With 20x leverage
+31.25%
With 25x leverage
Benefits of Trading LTC Through Futures
Magnify returns through leverage
In-built leverage magnifies impact of LTC price moves on your return on capital.
Trading both rising & falling markets
Long when bullish. Short when bearish. Trade all market conditions profitably.
Trade more with less
Deploy the capital freed up by using leverage in other trading opportunities
Why Trade LTC Futures on Delta Exchange
Why Trade LTC Futures on
Delta Exchange
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Increase profitability
Low trading fees, tight spreads & deep order books of our LTC contracts increase profitability of your trades
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Improve risk management
Set TP / SL with your order, Leverage advanced order types and instruments (Options, Interest Rate Swaps) to create hedging strategies
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Identify better trades
Use professional charts & advanced analysis tools to quickly identify trading opportunities
Have a Question About Trading LTC Futures?
What is the difference between trading LTC futures and trading LTC on margin?
Both margin trading and futures trading provide the ability to take leverage and take long or short exposure. However, in case of margin trading, leverage comes from explicit borrow and then doing in a trade in spot market of LTC. In contrast, futures have in-built leverage. Futures tend to be more capital efficient (offer up to 100x leverage vs. 3-5x for margin trading) and more liquid compared to margin trading.