Perpetuals Introduction

Learn about trading perpetual contracts for Bitcoin and Ethereum on PowerTrade, a popular choice for cryptocurrency traders.

Overview of Perpetuals

Perpetual contracts, or "perpetuals", are a type of derivative product that allows traders to speculate on the price of an underlying cryptocurrency without the need to hold the actual asset. Unlike traditional futures contracts, which have an expiration date, perpetuals do not have a fixed settlement date and can be held indefinitely. PowerTrade offers perpetuals for both Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), providing traders with a flexible and efficient way to gain exposure to cryptocurrency price movements.

Perpetuals vs. Spot Trading

While spot trading involves the direct buying and selling of cryptocurrencies, perpetuals allow traders to speculate on the price of the underlying asset using leverage. This means that traders can open larger positions with a smaller initial margin, potentially amplifying gains or losses. Perpetuals also enable traders to take both long and short positions, allowing them to profit from both rising and falling market conditions.

Margin and Leverage

When trading perpetuals, traders use margin to open positions. Margin refers to the amount of collateral (in this case, cryptocurrency) that a trader must deposit to open a leveraged position. Leverage is the ratio of a trader's position size to their margin. For example, if a trader deposits 1 BTC as margin and uses 10x leverage, they can open a position worth 10 BTC.

Higher leverage can result in greater potential gains but also carries increased risk, as it magnifies potential losses. PowerTrade offers a range of leverage options, allowing traders to select the level of risk they are comfortable with.

Funding Rate

Perpetual contracts employ a mechanism called the "funding rate" to ensure that the price of the perpetual stays close to the price of the underlying asset. The funding rate is an interest rate that is periodically paid between long and short positions. If the funding rate is positive, long positions pay short positions, and if the funding rate is negative, short positions pay long positions. The funding rate is determined by the difference between the perpetual contract price and the underlying asset's spot price.


If the value of a trader's position falls below their maintenance margin, their position is at risk of being liquidated. Liquidation is the process by which a trader's position is closed by the exchange to prevent further losses. To avoid liquidation, traders must ensure that their account balance is sufficient to cover the required maintenance margin.

Trading Perpetuals on PowerTrade

PowerTrade provides a user-friendly and intuitive trading platform for trading perpetual contracts for BTC and ETH. To get started, simply create an account, deposit funds, and navigate to the perpetuals trading interface. Here, you can open long or short positions, adjust leverage, and monitor your trades in real-time.

In conclusion, perpetuals offer a powerful tool for cryptocurrency traders looking to take advantage of price movements in both directions, while also providing the flexibility of holding positions for an indefinite period. By offering perpetuals for BTC and ETH, PowerTrade equips traders with an effective and versatile trading instrument to navigate the dynamic cryptocurrency markets.

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