June Sets Records for CME Bitcoin Futures as Sign-Ups Surge 30%

June Sets Records for CME Bitcoin Futures as Sign-Ups Surge 30%

CME’s bitcoin futures product is continuing to show signs of increased popularity, with June setting a new record for open interest amid a surge of new account sign-ups. More than 2,960 accounts have traded CME Group’s bitcoin (BTC) futures across all client types and time zones since launch, according to new data from the derivatives marketplace. In 2019 alone, there has been more than 950 new accounts created, marking a 30 percent increase in total client sign-ups, CoinDesk has learned.
Binance Exchange Is Launching Crypto Futures Trading

Binance Exchange Is Launching Crypto Futures Trading

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, is soon to launch futures trading. During a presentation at the Asia Blockchain Summit in Taipei on Tuesday, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, founder and CEO of the exchange, showcased a futures trading interface on Binance with features including longs and shorts on crypto assets. “Binance will be launching a futures platform very soon. I don’t have the exact date yet. The simulation test version will be live in a few weeks,” he said.
S&P 500 Gains Can Earn You Bitcoin on New Bain Capital-Backed Exchange

S&P 500 Gains Can Earn You Bitcoin on New Bain Capital-Backed Exchange

Crypto investors have a new way to bet on the price of bitcoin – or on traditional assets – with the formal launch of EverMarkets Exchange (EMX)’s derivatives platform. The Palo Alto, California-based startup was founded two years ago and opened the exchange to a restricted audience at the end of May 2019. Effective Monday, the market is now available to participants worldwide – though U.
May Was Best Month for CME Bitcoin Futures Volume Since 2017

May Was Best Month for CME Bitcoin Futures Volume Since 2017

May was the best month for derivatives giant CME’s bitcoin futures volume since its 2017 launch, as nearly 300,000 contracts were traded in the 31-day period. Average daily volume (ADV) reached more than 13,600 contracts, equal to $515 million notional value or 68,000 equivalent bitcoin, up 27 percent when compared to the month of April. On May 13, bitcoin futures traded a record single-day volume of 33,677 contracts (168,000 equivalent bitcoin or $1.3 billion notional value) while on May 28, BTC hit a record open interest of 5,190 contracts.
Open Bets On CME’s Bitcoin Futures Hit Record High

Open Bets On CME’s Bitcoin Futures Hit Record High

The open interest in CME Bitcoin Futures contract hit a record high last Friday. The total figure of 5,190 for the period between May 27 to June 3 represents the largest number of open interest, or contracts outstanding, in CME bitcoin futures ever and a 7 percent gain on the week prior, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Public Perceptions of the Bitcoin Spot Market Are Wrong, Says Bitwise

Public Perceptions of the Bitcoin Spot Market Are Wrong, Says Bitwise

Today’s bitcoin spot market is “significantly smaller and significantly more efficient” than is generally perceived, argues Bitwise Asset Management. In a white paper presented as comment to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday, Bitwise said the quality of the bitcoin spot market and the strength of arbitrage in that market has “improved dramatically” since the start of 2018.
7,000 BTC Lost in Hangzhou Scam

7,000 BTC Lost in Hangzhou Scam

This article was originally published by 8btc and written by Vincent He. Nearly 100 victims from various parts of China have reported to the Hangzhou police bureau, claiming that they were deceived by two young men, named Zhou Yi and Li Xiang, who allegedly stole nearly 7,000 bitcoin through exchanging or borrowing.
Report: E-Trade is Finalizing its Crypto Trading Platform

Report: E-Trade is Finalizing its Crypto Trading Platform

New York-based online brokerage firm E-Trade Financial Corp. has plans to launch trading services for digital assets, Bloomberg reports. Bitcoin and ether will be the first assets to be supported by E-Trade’s crypto trading service, but the firm has plans to list other assets in the future. This announcement comes on the heels of a report that TD Ameritrade is testing crypto trading on its platform.
Brokerage Chief: Bitcoin Futures Must Be Quarantined

Brokerage Chief: Bitcoin Futures Must Be Quarantined

A well-known electronic brokerage firm is issuing dire warnings against the CME Group’s plan to launch a bitcoin futures contract next month. But Interactive Brokers, in a comment letter dated Nov. 14, suggested a way to mitigate the risk it sees from such activity: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), under the auspices of J. Christopher Giancarlo, should sequester systems that handle cryptocurrency derivatives. “This letter is to request that the Commission require that any clearing organization that wishes to clear any cryptocurrency or derivative of a cryptocurrency do so in a separate clearing system isolated from other products,” wrote Thomas Peterffy, chairman of Interactive Brokers.

Bitcoin’s Institutionalization: Dates to Watch in 2019

It’s been over a year since the Cboe and CME listed the world’s first bitcoin futures contracts, the first ever bitcoin investment product to hit the legacy market. Both futures went live just before bitcoin peaked at its $20,000 all-time high. Out-the-gate trading for the derivatives reflected 2017’s market mania, and Cboe’s futures alone traded over 800 contracts (roughly $12,000,000 at the time) within the first two hours of their launch.
VanEck, Cboe and SolidX Meet With SEC to Discuss a Bitcoin ETF

VanEck, Cboe and SolidX Meet With SEC to Discuss a Bitcoin ETF

Having met the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in August 2018, officials of VanEck, SolidX and Cboe BZX Exchange have met with the Commission again, in the latest attempt to convince the regulator to approve the nation's first bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), according to an official presentation submitted to the SEC.
Coinbase Launches OTC Trading for Institutional Investors

Coinbase Launches OTC Trading for Institutional Investors

Major U.S. digital asset platform Coinbase has launched an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk dedicated to institutional investors, live-streaming site Cheddar reports. From Coinbase Prime to its Custody service, the exchange has been laying the groundwork for institutional investors for a while now.
Huobi Is Rolling Out Futures Trading on a New Platform

Huobi Is Rolling Out Futures Trading on a New Platform

At this year’s CryptoFrontiers Conference in New York City, digital currency exchange Huobi announced that it will begin offering derivatives contract trading. The service will be available via Huobi’s Derivative Market (Huobi DM) to customers of select countries and will allow them to open both short and long positions for a handful of coins. In an interview with Bitcoin Magazine, Joshua Goodbody, general counsel of Huobi’s global institutional team, said, “Our derivative contracts are agreements to buy or sell an asset on a specific future date and at a specific price.
NASDAQ Reportedly Looking Into Bitcoin Futures Despite Bear Market

NASDAQ Reportedly Looking Into Bitcoin Futures Despite Bear Market

An unconfirmed report released today, November 27, 2018, claims that NASDAQ has plans to launch bitcoin-based futures contracts, and that these plans are continuing to go forward despite the recent crypto crash. Bloomberg published an article today describing NASDAQ’s history with these futures contracts, claiming that they have “been working to satisfy the concerns of the U.
Bakkt Delays Platform Launch; Announces January as Tentative Roll Out Date

Bakkt Delays Platform Launch; Announces January as Tentative Roll Out Date

Bakkt, an upcoming crypto retail payment system and futures platform, is delaying its launch to better ensure the platform’s success at release. On November 20, 2018, the CEO of Bakkt released an update on Medium, outlining the future business plans for the company, describing some of the progress in implementing new features and declaring that the company’s initial launch is being postponed until January 24, 2019.
Bakkt’s Futures Platform Slated to Begin Trading in December

Bakkt’s Futures Platform Slated to Begin Trading in December

Almost a year to the day after the CBOE and CME launched their own bitcoin futures products, the Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt platform is heralding the launch of its own futures on December 12, though the platform is still pending approval from the Commodity Futures Trade Commission. Originally slated for November, Bakkt was announced in August 2018 as “a scalable on-ramp for institutional, merchant and consumer participation in digital assets.

Cardano Lists ADA Futures on BitMEX

Starting on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. GMT, the ADA token from Cardano began to be listed on the futures exchange at BitMEX.

CFTC to Discuss Digital Currency Futures Certification Process

Five weeks ago, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced three exchanges had self-certified Bitcoin derivatives products. Following the subsequent backlash from the Futures Industry Association (FIA), the CFTC has announced two public committee meetings to review the self-certification process, procedures and operational controls for listing and trading digital currency futures.

Our Top 5 Bitcoin “Good News” Stories of 2017

When the history of Bitcoin and blockchains is written, 2017 will be the year tagged as the “turning point” when Bitcoin and “red hot” blockchain technology went mainstream. The steadily rising bitcoin price and market cap is a key, though not the only, indicator that a tipping point has been reached.
Bitcoin Futures Are Here: The Story So Far

Bitcoin Futures Are Here: The Story So Far

The week ahead will give better future indication of Bitcoin derivatives products as yesterday at 6 p.m. EST, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) allowed bitcoin futures to begin trading under the symbol “XBT.” Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) is set to allow futures trading in the cryptocurrency of their own accord on December 18, 2017.
Bitcoin Price Surges 20% Overnight as Volume of CBOE Futures Skyrockets

Bitcoin Price Surges 20% Overnight as Volume of CBOE Futures Skyrockets

The bitcoin price has surged by more than 20 percent overnight, triggered by the launch of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) bitcoin futures trading platform.
Bitcoin Breaks CBOE as Futures Up 20% Hours After Launch, Trading at $18,210

Bitcoin Breaks CBOE as Futures Up 20% Hours After Launch, Trading at $18,210

Within three hours after its listing of bitcoin futures, the website and online trading platform of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) were inaccessible, due to an unexpected spike in demand and volume.

Bitcoin Market Cap Briefly Surpasses That of JPMorgan, World’s Largest Bank

Bitcoin’s market valuation briefly surpassed that of JPMorgan, the world’s largest bank, earlier today, on December 8.

Goldman Sachs Will Trade Bitcoin Futures For Clients

Goldman Sachs, the global finance market’s second largest investment bank behind JPMorgan, will begin trading bitcoin futures for its clients, once major exchanges list bitcoin futures in the upcoming weeks.
$12,000 and Higher! Bitcoin Price Hits New Milestone as Market Turns Optimistic

$12,000 and Higher! Bitcoin Price Hits New Milestone as Market Turns Optimistic

Earlier today, on December 6, the bitcoin price achieved a new all-time high at $12,278, within 24 hours since achieving its previous all-time high at $12,000.