Can You Buy Bitcoin & Crypto on Schwab?


Curious if you can buy and trade Bitcoin on Charles Schwab?

Well, as of September 2023, you cannot buy or trade actual Bitcoin on Charles Schwab.

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Key Takeaways

  • You cannot buy and trade Bitcoin on Schwab
  • can buy and sell Bitcoin futures contracts.
  • Owning futures contracts is not the same as owning Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Trusts

If you really want to use Schwab though, it is possible to gain exposure to Bitcoin through publicly traded investment trusts or funds, like the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC)(1).

➤ MORE: What is GBTC?

schwab GBTC page
Schwab's GBTC page

Schwab also offers two other Bitcoin trust products:

Bitcoin Futures

You can also trade Bitcoin futures contracts through their platform, though you will be required to open a separate futures account on Schwab.

Standard brokerage accounts on Schwab cannot trade futures.

Schwab’s Available Bitcoin Futures Products

CME Micro Bitcoin Futures CME Bitcoin Futures
Symbol /MBT /BTC
Contract size 0.1 bitcoin 5 bitcoin
Minimum tick 5 5
Minimum value of one tick $0.5 $25.00
Margin requirement $1,898 $94,397
Notional value $3,946 $197,275

The primary difference between the Bitcoin Futures product and the Micro Bitcoin futures product is that in the Micro product, you can buy contracts for 1/10th of a Bitcoin as opposed to an entire Bitcoin.

➤ MORE: Can you buy crypto on Ameritrade?

Other than that, they are the same.

Crypto ETF

Schwab also manages a Crypto ETF called Schwab Crypto Thematic ETF (STCE).

schwab GBTC page
Schwab's Crypto Thematic ETF page

According to their documentation,

The investment seeks to track as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the total return of the Schwab Crypto Thematic Index that is designed to deliver global exposure to companies that may benefit from the development or utilization of cryptocurrencies (including bitcoin) and other digital assets, and the business activities connected to blockchain and other distributed ledger technology.The fund will not invest in cryptocurrency or digital assets directly.

So its important to keep in mind that if you invest in this ETF,

You are investing in a fund that invests in companies that might benefit from higher crypto prices and may hold bitcoin or crypto on their balance sheets.

Not the Same As Owning Bitcoin

Trading futures contracts, ETFs, or investment trusts isn’t the same as owning Bitcoin itself.

➤ MORE: The Difference Between Bitcoin & GBTC

When you buy or trade these assets, you’re essentially speculating on the future price of Bitcoin - not purchasing the cryptocurrency directly.

Article Sources

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  1. Schwab - GBTC Page,
  2. Osprey Funds - Osprey Bitcoin Trust,
  3. Bitwise - Bitwise 10 Crypto Index Fund,

About the Author

colin aulds

Colin Aulds is a founder at 10NetZero, an off-grid Bitcoin mining company. He is the former VP and founder at Billfodl, a Bitcoin wallet backup company, as well as PrivacyPros, a blog dedicated to helping every day people improve their privacy. He also runs the popular Unhashed Podcast. Colin holds a bachelors degree from Belmont University (BBA).

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