Futures trading lets traders participate in market movements and potentially profit by going long or short on a futures contract. On KuCoin Futures, you may also use different leverage levels to reduce risk or potentially amplify profits in volatile markets.

What are long and short in futures trading?

In spot trading, traders can only profit when the value of an asset increases. Futures trading lets traders potentially profit in both directions as the value of an asset rises or falls by going long or short on a futures contract.

 

  • By going long, a trader buys a futures contract with the expectation that the contract will rise in value in the future.

 

  • Conversely, if a trader anticipates that the contract price will drop in the future, they can sell a futures contract to go short.

 

For example, you anticipate that the BTC price is going to rise. You may go long to buy a BTCUSDT contract:

Initial Margin Leverage Entry Price Close Price Profit and Loss (PNL)
100 USDT 100   40000 USDT  50000 USDT 2500 USDT


If you anticipate that the BTC price will fall, you may go short to sell a BTCUSDT contract:

Initial Margin Leverage Entry Price Close Price Profit and Loss (PNL)
100 USDT 100 50000 USDT 40000 USDT 2000 USDT

 

How to trade on KuCoin Futures?

1. Log in to your KuCoin account and go to the USDⓈ-M or COIN-M Futures trading page. 
2. Transfer USDT or USDC to your USDⓈ-M Futures Wallet, or other coins (e.g., BTC) to your COIN-M Futures Wallet, as margin.
3. Choose a symbol to trade and select a preferred leverage.
4. Choose an order type and customize the order details. Click [Buy/Long] or [Sell/Short] to place your order.

 

How to calculate unrealized PNL and ROE%?

USDⓈ-M Futures

Unrealized PNL = Position amount * Futures Multiplier * (Current Mark Price – Entry Price)

ROE% = Unrealized PNL / Initial Margin = Unrealized PNL /(Position amount * Futures Multiplier * Entry Price * Initial Margin Rate)

* Initial Margin Rate = 1 / Leverage

COIN-M Futures

Unrealized PNL = Position amount * Futures Multiplier * (1 / Entry Price - 1 / Current Mark Price)

ROE% = Unrealized PNL / Initial Margin = Unrealized PNL /(Position amount * Futures Multiplier / Entry Price * Initial Margin Rate)

* Initial Margin Rate = 1 / Leverage

For more details, please visit:

USDⓈ-Margined Futures Contract Specifications

COIN-Margined Futures Contract Specifications

 

Start Your Futures Trading Now!

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KuCoin Futures Team

 

Note: Users from restricted countries and regions cannot open futures trading.

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