How to Invest in Bitcoin

Understand how you can invest in Bitcoin through a regulated online broker using your credit card, debit card or PayPal.


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Trade CFDs on Bitcoin and other currencies with one of the following brokers:

  • AvaTrade ( trade Bitcoin CFDs through MetaTrader 4 (MT4) on leverage up to 1:20. AvaTrade accepts a wide range of payment methods, including debit cards, credit cards and PayPal. The broker is regulated in the European Union, Australia and Japan. Visit to buy Bitcoin online.
  • Plus500 ( trade Bitcoin CFDs through the company's award-winning platform on leverage up to 1:10. Plus500 accepts a wide range of payment methods, including debit cards, credit cards and PayPal. The broker is regulated by the FCA, CySEC as well as ASIC and is headquartered in London. Visit to open an account online.
  • eToro ( open an account with eToro, a social trading platform, to trade CFDs on Bitcoins. eToro also allows you to fund your account through debit cards, credit cards and PayPal. Unlike other brokers, eToro allows you to follow and copy other successful traders. If you are new to Forex or online trading, this is an opportunity to learn from others.

CFD trading example

Profit in rising and falling markets

A CFD (Contract for Difference) allows you to invest in an asset (such as Bitcoin, a currency pair or even a share) without owning the asset outright. If you expect Bitcoin's price to rise, buy a Bitcoin CFD to profit from an increases its market value - this is also known as "going long". If you expect its price to fall, sell a Bitcoin CFD now with a view to buy it back later for less - this is also known as "going short". This ability to go "long" or "short", and profit in rising and falling markets, is unique to CFDs.

You invest $100 in the Bitcoin / USD CFD when Bitcoin is trading at 118.35. If Bitcoin rises to just 118.45, you would be $100 x 0.10 = $10 better off, netting you a 10% return on your investment.


CFDs are popular with investors for another reason: leverage, also known as gearing or simply borrowing. Leverage is the process whereby you borrow money from your broker to invest in the market. For example, you could borrow $900 from your broker and invest $100 of your own money to open a $1,000 position. This amounts to leverage of 1:10 because you only invest one tenth of the trade's overall value. You can leverage your Bitcoin trades up to 1:10 with and 1:50 with

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