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Risk Disclosures

What are the key risks associated with trading perpetual futures?

There are several risks associated with trading perpetual futures:

Price Volatility

How does price volatility affect perpetual futures trading?

Price volatility in the underlying asset can lead to rapid and significant price swings in perpetual futures contracts, which can result in substantial gains or losses for traders.

Liquidation Risk

What is liquidation risk in perpetual futures trading?

Liquidation risk occurs when a trader's position is forcibly closed by the exchange due to insufficient margin to cover potential losses. This can lead to the loss of the entire initial investment.

Funding Rate Risk

What is the funding rate, and how does it pose a risk?

The funding rate is a mechanism used in perpetual futures to keep the contract's price in line with the underlying asset's spot price. If the funding rate is consistently positive or negative, it can impact traders' profitability.


What is over-leveraging, and why is it a risk?

Over-leveraging occurs when traders use high levels of leverage (borrowed funds) in their positions. While this can amplify profits, it also magnifies losses, increasing the risk of losing more than the initial investment.

Risk of Exchange Issues

What are some exchange-related risks in perpetual futures trading?

  • Exchange issues, such as downtime, technical glitches, or hacks, can disrupt trading activities and potentially lead to losses.

Inadequate Risk Management

How can traders mitigate the risks associated with perpetual futures trading?

  • Traders can mitigate risks by employing risk management strategies like setting stop-loss orders, using appropriate position sizing, and diversifying their portfolios.