In this article, we’ll explain in detail how the total value of your Portfolio is composed.
The total value of your Portfolio consists of the following:
- Euro balance
- Current value of your coins in euros
1. Euro balance
This is the total value of your euro credit in BTC Direct. Your balance can consist of multiple components. For example the deposited amount that you didn’t invest yet, but also the euro value of the coins you've sold. That is, if you haven’t withdrawn those euros to your bank account already.
2. Value of your coins in euros
Your Portfolio shows the current value of the coins you’ve bought, in euros. When you decide to sell your coins, that’s the price we expect to receive in return for your coins on the exchange.
The actual return can differ sometimes. The very moment you confirm your sale, is the moment your coins will be offered on a big international exchange. This exchange also determines the current prices you’re seeing in BTC Direct.
The price determination is settled based on an order book. You could compare an order book to the bulletin board of your local supermarket. Buyers and sellers hang notes with respectively what they’re seeking and what they’re offering for a certain price.
Let’s say you would like to sell one bitcoin - it’s possible that the highest bidder at that time is only looking for a quarter bitcoin. That part will then be sold to them and the remainder of your bitcoin will be sold to the second highest bidder. This process continues until the full bitcoin is sold.
This may lead to a slightly different price than was initially expected and reflected in your BTC Direct Portfolio. The bigger the order, the deeper we’ll have to delve into the order book to sell your coins, and the more the price will deviate from the initial quote.
This may sound like a tedious process, but this is all carried out automatically, in the fraction of a second. After the deduction of our 1% fee, you’ll see the current price of your coins on the sell-order form.
More information can be found in the article Why is the value on the Markets page higher than in my Portfolio?