Trading on Bullish

Bullish offers spot trading for customers who have passed our identity confirmation process and confirmed their account upon signing up. We also offer margin trading for eligible customers who have successfully applied to access this advanced feature.

Warning: Margin trading is a high risk activity. Please read carefully the Risk Warnings on bullish.com.

For both spot and margin trading, you can choose to place the following orders:

Types of orders on Bullish

Good til cancelled (GTC)

A GTC order will remain open until it is either executed or manually canceled. This is the default order on the exchange. If you do not choose any other order type (IOC or FOK), your order will be treated as a GTC order.

Immediate or cancel (IOC)

An IOC order will attempt to execute all or part of the order immediately at the price and quantity available, canceling the unfilled part of the order. If no quantity is available at the chosen price when you place the order, it will be canceled immediately.

For example: If you place an order to buy 10 BTC at USD$10,000 but only 5 BTC is available at that price, you would purchase those 5 BTC, and the rest of the order would be canceled.

Fill or kill (FOK)

A FOK order is completely filled immediately or it is killed (canceled).

For example: If you place an order to buy 10 BTC at USD$10,000 but only 5 BTC is available at that price, the entire order is canceled.

Market order

A market order is executed immediately at the asset pair’s current market price once the order is confirmed.

To place a market order:

  1. Go to the left-hand navigation and choose Trade.
  2. Choose the trading type (Spot or Margin) on the Order Form.
  3. Choose Buy or Sell.
  4. Choose Market.
  5. Enter the Amount.
  6. Choose Buy or Sell button under the Amount.
  7. Confirm the order.

Limit order

A limit order is a type of order that is executed when the value of a pair of assets reaches a customer’s specified limit price, or better.

To place a limit order:

  1. Go to the left-hand navigation and choose Trade.
  2. Choose the trading type (Spot or Margin) on the Order Form.
  3. Choose Buy or Sell.
  4. By default, Limit should already be pre-selected. If not, choose Limit.
  5. Set the Limit Price and Amount.
  6. Choose GTC, IOC, or FOK from the Time in Force drop-down menu.
  7. Choose Buy or Sell under the Time in Force drop-down menu.
  8. Confirm the order.

Stop limit order

A stop limit order includes both a stop price (a price that activates a market order when reached), and a limit price for the order to be executed once reached, or better.

To place a stop limit order:

  1. Go to the left-hand navigation and choose Trade.
  2. Choose the trading type (Spot or Margin) on the Order Form.
  3. Choose Buy or Sell.
  4. Choose Stop Limit.
  5. Enter a Stop Price, Limit Price, and the Amount.
  6. Choose GTC, IOC, or FOK from the Time in Force drop-down menu.
  7. Choose Buy or Sell under the Time in Force drop-down menu.
  8. Confirm the order.
Note: A stop limit order will remain open until the stop price and the limit price are reached. The limit price set should be aggressive (low for sell, high for buy), to ensure that the order is fully executed.

For example, the current market price for BTC is US$75,000. You expect the value of BTC may depreciate, but you are willing to hold onto the asset until it falls to a certain price. You set your stop price at US$60,000 and a limit price at US$55,000 to sell BTC. A limit order will be created when BTC reaches US$60,000.

However, if the market continues to move downward (the price becomes lower than US$55,000), your order may not be completely filled. The stop limit order cannot completely offer downside protection that you would usually get from a stop market order.

Cancel an unfilled order

You can cancel an unfilled portion of an order.

To cancel an unfilled order:

  1. Go to the left-hand navigation and choose Orders.
  2. Choose Open Orders.
  3. Choose Cancel next to the order you wish to cancel.
  4. If you are sure you wish to cancel, choose Cancel order.

View your orders and trade information

Visit Viewing your orders and trade information to learn more.

Important: Automated market making is available within the upper and lower price boundaries of our range-bound liquidity pools and for our standard liquidity pools. Returns may vary with our range-bound versus standard liquidity pools. Learn more by reviewing important information about our range-bound and standard liquidity pools at https://bullish.com/legal/range-bound-liquidity-pools. 

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