On BitMEX, the DASH derivative is in the form of a Futures Contract and allows traders to speculate on the future value of the Dash / Bitcoin (DASH/XBT) exchange rate. Traders need not have Dash to trade the futures contract as it only requires Bitcoin as margin.
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The DASH futures’ underlying is the DASH/XBT exchange rate on Poloniex as recorded in the .DASHXBT Index. The futures are quoted in Bitcoin and all margin and PNL calculations are denominated in Bitcoin.
|XBT Contract Value||Multiplier * Futures Price * 1 DASH|
|USD Contract Value||XBT Contract Value * XBTUSD|
|PnL Calculation||# Contracts * Multiplier * (Exit Price - Entry Price)|
Traders who think that the price of DASH will rise will buy the futures contract. Conversely, traders who believe the price will drop will sell the futures contract.
All margin is posted in Bitcoin, that means traders can go long or short this contract using only Bitcoin. The DASH futures contracts feature a leverage of up to 20x.
For example, to buy 10 Bitcoin worth of contracts, you will only require 0.5 Bitcoin of Initial Margin.
The DASH futures contracts settle on the .DASHXBT30M Index Price. Settlement will occur on the last Friday of the Settlement Month.
A trader wants to goes long 10 XBT of DASH futures contracts. DASHM17 (the DASH futures contract expiring in June 2017) trades at 0.0200 XBT. As the leverage is 20x, the trader only needs 0.5 XBT of margin for this trade.
The trader must buy 500 contracts: 10 XBT / (0.0200 XBT * 1).
A few days later, the price rises to 0.0250 XBT and the trader sells all their contracts.
The trader’s profit will be: 500 * 1 * (0.0250 - 0.0200) = 2.5 XBT