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November 05, 2013, 09:46:36 PM
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What is your opinion on these trading methods for bitcoin? Do you think they could stabilize the price or make it fluctuate more?
I am really wondering why this kind of trading is not very popular with bitcoin. Is there a reason for that?
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Bitcoin addresses contain a checksum, so it is very unlikely that mistyping an address will cause you to lose money.
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November 05, 2013, 10:10:59 PM
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What is your opinion on these trading methods for bitcoin? Do you think they could stabilize the price or make it fluctuate more?
I am really wondering why this kind of trading is not very popular with bitcoin. Is there a reason for that?

Derivatives (options, futures, and others)  are available but most people involved with bitcoin are not sophisticated investors, so they aren't popular.

Shorting requires an established platform for lending that doesn't exist yet.

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November 05, 2013, 10:14:56 PM
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Some plateforms exist for shorting bitcoin, like 796.com or Bitfinex. You can even lend your BTC to short sellers, just like in the stock market.

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