Apart from leverage, there are other risks you should be aware of when it comes to crypto derivatives. One of them is directly related to the exchange.

Generally, trading derivatives comes with significant risks due to the high leverage involved which tends to multiply the risks and rewards of any price movement. Crypto derivatives are suited to traders that can fully grasp and take responsibility for all the risks that are involved. This is why novice traders or traders with limited experience are not advised to participate in trading crypto derivatives. Some of the existing risks of derivatives trading are discussed below.

Crypto derivatives risks


Leverage Risks

Investors must understand that a significant amount of leverage is involved in derivatives transactions which could lead to a multiplication of both profits and losses. This may result in trading positions being closed forcibly due to margin calls, or it may require additional capital to maintain open positions.


Regulatory Risks

Transactions involving derivatives may be subject to regulatory risks in some regions or countries in the world. This is why investors must be aware of the prevailing policy and regulatory conditions in their specific regions to avoid losses that may arise due to the restrictions.


Price Risks

As a special product that has its investment value affected by a myriad of factors, the price of digital assets can fluctuate immensely. The price movements of derivatives are more complex for investors to fully understand which increases the potential to make mistakes. Therefore, if an investor cannot control or manage this risk effectively, they can suffer significant losses.


Exchange Risks

Products involving the use of high leverage such as derivatives expose the market to stability risks. This is why the exchange adequately monitors the risks to market stability and takes the appropriate actions which include but are not limited to forced liquidation, forced under-weightage, and many more. At the same time, the exchange provides written explanations to its clients regarding the actions taken to this effect.

Another possible risk comes in the form of the derivatives transaction rules including but not limited to product rules, adjustment coefficient, and due date. This is something that clients need to watch out for because if there are changes to be implemented to product rules, they are expected to make necessary modifications to their strategies and trading positions. The exchange has an obligation to inform its clients of these changes via an official website announcement or SMS notification. Still, clients will have to bear whatever profits or losses arise from the changes made.


How to Trade Crypto Derivatives

To start trading crypto derivatives, one needs to choose an exchange that provides the service. Below are the processes involved to start trading on Huobi, one of the most well-known exchanges offering crypto derivatives:

  1. Investors need to open an account on Huobi and provide the necessary information to complete the process.
  2. Log in to the account on Huobi APP, look for "Derivatives: at the bottom of the homepage, and locate USDT-M contracts on the top.
  3. Choose the contract type and the preferred account mode for trading.
  4. This involves the transfer of assets into USDT-margined contracts accounts, so there are two types available namely Cross margin account and Isolated margin account. Investors can choose based on the asset derivatives they want to trade.
  5. Choosing and modifying leverage can be done before opening a position or while maintaining positions without any open orders.
  6. Placing of orders in which investors can choose to use grid trading, trigger order, and limit order depending on their preferences.
  7. Once the order is filled, traders can find the open position under "Positions" where various operations can be implemented including Stop-Limit, Close Long/Short, etc. The unfilled part of the order is then displayed under "Open Orders" which can be canceled before it gets filled.
  8. To close a position, investors can choose from two order types namely limit order and trigger order. Alternatively, positions can be closed by implementing the "Flash Close" or "Close" operation under "Positions".

More than just a way to trade cryptocurrency, derivatives do provide a higher return once you can manage the risks competently. If you're ready to take a step on the next level, learn how to profit from derivatives trading.