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Binance just raised the stakes with new 125x leverage cryptocurrency trading

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"Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue, I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, where never lark or even eagle flew."

30/09/2021 Update: Binance Futures is no longer available to Australian customers.

Good news for anyone who's no longer tickled by 100x leverage cryptocurrency trading: Binance has just announced that it now offers up to 125x leverage.

"Binance Futures offers a fast and stable platform that is designed by traders for traders," said Binance CEO Changpeng "CZ" Zhao. "We have seen an increase in institutional participation in trading, and these professional traders seek out the most efficient ways to trade very quickly, both in terms of cost and performance. And they are flocking to Binance Futures."

It seems that's no mere puffery either. By the numbers, Binance futures trading volume has been skyrocketing this week even as volumes dip elsewhere, according to data from Skew.

But whether there's much call for 125x leverage among your serious institutional traders is another question. Common wisdom holds that once you hit 100x leverage, you're just straight up gambling.

That said, Binance touts features such as built-in hedging that "helps traders manage risk, without sacrificing the trading experience" and is "a unique setup for calculating leverage that enables continuous margin without any jumps, and ‘mark prices’ for preventing unnecessary liquidations and combatting market manipulation".

Still, it's safe to say that at 125x leverage your Bitcoin is basically in god's hands. Pray he's feeling merciful.

"We have seen increased activities from these traders transferring in and out from spot to futures during volatile periods," said Aaron Gong, director of Binance Futures.

Whether they're trading because it's volatile, or whether it's volatile because they're trading, is what you'd call a quintessential chicken and egg problem.

"The liquid and easy-to-use spot market, as well as the simple process to transfer capital between spot and futures, provides traders with the most efficient manner to trade in both markets," Gong added. "We’ve seen continued improvement in our volumes and market share, and we expect to see further gains in the coming months. In Q4 of this year, we will roll out new major features that address community feedback, including several developments to improve the user experience."

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

Following the announcement, an anonymous Binance trader was quoted as saying: "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings... I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air."

"Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue, I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, where never lark or even eagle flew," they added. "And, while with silent lifting mind, I've trod the high, untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

Then Bitcoin dropped 0.2% and they got rekt.

Never slip the surly bonds of Earth with more than you can afford to lose. Note that having one's face ripped off by an errant trade may not be suitable for everyone's financial situation.

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Disclosure: The author holds BNB, BTC at the time of writing.

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