Bithumb Global Launches Smart Tokens
At Bithumb Global, we have always endeavored to create a digital assets ecosystem that is not only secure but also friendlier. In line with this philosophy, we have now launched Smart Tokens on our trading platform. The Smart Token that was initially launched was the BTCS (1x short Bitcoin), which users can benefit from during bear market conditions. The opening price of each smart token is $100usdt.
Apart from BTCS, Bithumb Global exchange’s platform has listed other new Smart Tokens like LTCS, XRPS, and ETHS, corresponding to Litecoin, Ripple and Ethereum tokens, respectively. All these tokens work on similar principles. Users can have access to this service either through the Bithumb Global app or our website.
Moreover, these are far less risky than derivatives and other leveraged tokens. These do not have any risk of blowing up; they do not come with an expiry date since they are a spot product. The holders of these Smart Tokens will be able to liquidate these anytime on the secondary market.
The Nature of the Bithumb Global Smart Tokens
The Smart Tokens are primarily tradable assets. We have designed them to give the users leveraged access to certain underlying assets, like BTC, ETH, or XRP. Nevertheless, the BTCS tokens are designed to be much easier to operate than the conventional processes of handling margin trading or short selling positions. We have made the entire process easy and seamless and have spared the user all the details and the tedious process, along with the high fees and substantial risks involved in the sophisticated trading processes.
The transaction fee for Smart Tokens is 0.1% and it has a daily management fee of 0.05%, which is very low. And the holding cost, therefore, becomes minimal.
The non-crypto counterpart of the Bithumb Global’s Smart Tokens is Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). These allow investment in a certain set of stocks. This makes them more easily tradable, although they might contain a diverse set of financial instruments and commodities. They are also similar to mutual funds in terms of their structure. But unlike Mutual Funds, ETFs, as the name suggests, are traded through the exchanges.
Many leveraged tokens are on the blockchain and therefore can be traded on different markets but the Bithumb Global Smart Tokens being off-chain are to be traded within our exchange platform. While this reduces the liquidity of the tokens, it increases their stability and makes them immune to distress selling and other shocks.
A rebalancing mechanism is required for the smooth functioning of the Smart Tokens. These mechanisms are run by algorithms that help the system maintain the target leverage, which is 1x for all the Smart Tokens. The algorithm acquires or gets rid of additional positions in order to meet the target leverage at any point in time when the leveraged exposure is higher or lower than the target leverage. Being implemented through an algorithm, this is a very transparent process, which does not need to be driven by any human intervention. The change in the basket is also made public after the rebalancing.
But there arises one important question in this respect; about how safe will a person’s holdings remain post a balancing event? While it is very safe, in certain dramatic market events there can be some risk of the users’ holdings getting highly devalued because of this market crisis, which is true for any tradable asset in the financial markets. However, in the case of a leveraged token, not only are the profits leveraged but so are the risks.
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Smart Tokens: Is This the Financial Product You Need?
If you are looking to invest in crypto, but do not know the nitty-gritties of the market, a Smart Token might be the right product for you. If you are not a full-time investor and are looking for only a short time investment, Smart Tokens can leverage the value and opportunities of crypto assets for investment. But for a long-term investment, due to all the charges, and the rebalancing mechanism it might not be worth the risk. Therefore, prior knowledge about the risks involved in the products needs to be considered by all prospective investors before investing in the Smart Tokens.
Nevertheless, for the amateur and the newbie, the opportunities outweigh the risks by far. Our expert team is dedicated to selecting the best basket of investment and designing the algorithm in a way, that the investors have the best outcomes possible in all market situations. In this respect, this is a perfect product for anyone trying to acquire a short or medium term, short selling position in crypto assets. And even for long term investment, a seasoned investor by taking note of the minute details of the product can land a long-term gain.