Bitcoin arbitrage and a story of free money

Johannesburg, 13 May 2020
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Bitcoin arbitrage opportunity in South Africa
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How you can make an up to 5% profit per week in SA with very little risk.

You might be thinking: “What on earth is arbitrage trading?” or “I’ve heard of this before and always wondered what it is.” Whichever one you thought of, we’re going to make the understanding of what it is and how to take advantage of it as simple as possible.

OVEX – one of South Africa’s top crypto-currency exchange and brokerage firms – offers a fully managed arbitrage service; register now, sit back and make money.

What is arbitrage?

In a nutshell, arbitrage is purchasing an asset in one market and simultaneously selling it in another market at a higher price and thus profiting on the temporary difference in price. So, what is the holy grail of outperforming the market? Taking advantage of inefficiencies in the market is considered to be one of the best, risk-free forms of profit trading for investors.

While arbitrage opportunities exist in all markets, they are especially prevalent in the crypto-currency market due to the age and volatility of the market. There are often notable price differences between various exchanges and various countries.

Many South Africans who have purchased or wanted to purchase Bitcoin often question why they have to pay a premium for Bitcoin in South Africa. We often hear about the Bitcoin price quoted in USD and wonder why, when we do the conversion, we are sometimes paying up to $500 USD more per Bitcoin. The reason, we are told, is because of “supply and demand in South Africa”.

Finally, we are getting an exchange that will allow us to take advantage of these arbitrage opportunities. With OVEX’s enhanced crypto trading platform launching at the end of June, investors can take advantage of these price differences by purchasing a specific crypto-currency at international rates, and immediately selling it on the OVEX exchange where the local price is higher.

“We have spent an incredible amount of time and money developing a seamless arbitrage service for our clients. It was very important to us to ensure that the entire process required no input from the client, and that is what we have delivered. A 100% automated arbitrage trading service for South Africans,” says Jonathan Ovadia, CEO of OVEX.

Learn more about this service here.

What are the lessons to be learnt in successful arbitrage trading?

Reduce the holding time of an asset – crypto-currency prices are volatile and prices move quickly, thus you need to ensure you sell fast enough to take advantage of any arbitrage opportunity that might exist. If you are moving between exchanges, you need to be aware that your crypto-currency might not clear immediately and that the time taken for a crypto-currency transaction to be confirmed varies.

Look for profits at the moment of the transaction – be sure to consider both the prices you can buy and sell at, as well as any trading fees involved.

Make good decisions and trade on a trusted secure exchange – it is not often that you can take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity on just one platform. Usually, one has to trade between exchanges to take advantage of arbitrage opportunities, which introduces an element of risk due to the time this requires. If you are able to do so on just one exchange, then be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.

As with any trading, ensure that you are trading on a secure and trusted exchange. Consider the security features of the exchange as well as the legitimacy of the individuals involved in or backing the exchange.

If you would like to get started arbitrage trading in South Africa, check the OVEX arbitrage service now.