Cryptocurrency Trading | TD Ameritrade

As an investor, you’re always looking for opportunities.

And as a firm we are, too.

That’s why TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation has invested in ErisX—an innovative company that offers traders access to cryptocurrency spot contracts, as well as futures contracts, on a single exchange.

Email crypto@tdameritrade.com
for updates on when it’ll be available.

TD Ameritrade is working with ErisX. This strategic investment is yet another way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to innovation—and bring our clients a best-in-class investing and trading experience.

In the meantime, qualified clients can currently trade bitcoin futures at TD Ameritrade.

ErisX is a CFTC-regulated derivatives exchange and clearing organization that offers digital asset futures and spot contracts on one platform.

Bitcoin futures trading is available at TD Ameritrade.

Quotes and trading capabilities for these futures products are available on our thinkorswim platform and thinkorswim Mobile App.

Bitcoin is a digital currency, also known as a cryptocurrency, and is created or mined when people solve complex math puzzles online. These bitcoins are then stored in a digital wallet that exists on the cloud or the user’s computer. Because bitcoins are not housed in bank accounts, brokerage, or futures accounts, they are not insured by the FDIC or SIPC.

Virtual currencies, including bitcoin, experience significant price volatility.

What a day it’s been for the crypto industry.

Samsung, one of the world’s largest tech companies, was revealed to have plans to launch its own digital asset on an Ethereum-based ledger; Binance has launched both its Singapore fiat onramp and decentralized exchange, and China doubled down on blockchain.

But all this was one-uped by an exclusive report from The Block, which revealed that one of America’s largest names in asset trading has not only launched a dedicated crypto division but will soon be introducing an in-house Bitcoin exchange too.

On Tuesday, Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin, revealed that he spotted Bitcoin and Litecoin trading pairs appear on his TD Ameritrade Think or Swim portal.

TD Ameritrade, through ErisX, is allowing retail investors to test buying Bitcoin and Litecoin through their platform under the ticker CXERX.

Yet another institutional giant, TD Ameritrade, seems to be directly entering the cryptocurrency markets by allowing users to test buy Bitcoin and Litecoin on the Nasdaq via the TD Ameritrade brokerage platform using ErisX’s technology.

Twitter user “Cryptopolis” announced that he was able to buy Bitcoin through his TD Ameritrade account.

Turns out that wasn’t true.

However, it was confirmed that TD Ameritrade is testing trading Bitcoin and Litecoin against USD via their Paper Trading desk, with ticker CXERX.

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Fluctuations in the price of bitcoin have not affected overall interest in futures tied to the cryptocurrency, a TD Ameritrade executive said on Tuesday.

“We get calls, emails, 60,000 clients have traded something in this complex,” Steven Quirk, TD Ameritrade executive vice president, remarked during a panel at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2019.

On Monday, April 22, an asset analyst known as Cryptopolis_x on Twitter shared screenshots that appeared to show a bitcoin trading option on TD Ameritrade, an online brokerage that primarily offers traditional assets including stocks and bonds.

BREAKING: BTC is now being traded on the Nasdaq! I bought one BTC through my TDAmeritrade account! According to the chart it started trading April 10, 2019!! Other digital assets are soon to follow!! 🚀🚀🚀 pic.twitter.com/1VgE1Whoa4

In what Cryptopolis_x said was a chat with TD support, it was clarified that BTC/USD was only available as a “paper,” or simulated, trade. The associated ticker symbol, CXERX, is not associated with any existing instrument.

UPDATE: According to TDAmeritrade support — it’s not a real trade in my account — it appears they are testing only using their Paper Trading platform.

Despite a massive slump in cryptocurrency prices, TD Ameritrade is doubling down on the sector.

The U.S. brokerage firm announced a strategic investment Wednesday in an exchange called ErisX, which offers both bitcoin spot and futures trading. High-speed trading company Virtu Financial will also back the exchange.

«We continue to see our retail clients seeking access to trade digital currency products,» JB Mackenzie, managing director of futures and foreign exchange for TD Ameritrade, told CNBC in a phone interview. » We wanted to find a platform that would be fully regulated, and something that has that capital markets feel.»

The entire market capitlization of cryptocurrencies has dropped by 50 percent this year alone, according to CoinMarketCap.com. Bitcoin itself has plummeted more than 50 percent this year, and was trading near $6,480 Wednesday.

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