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CME Group Says Institutional Players Have Increased Appetite for Bitcoin Futures Contracts

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group, a global derivatives marketplace with a wide range of futures and options products, has said that in the last quarter, its Bitcoin futures offering has increased considerably in popularity. According to the CME Group its open contracts surged by 61 percent in number from the same period about a year ago.The CME Group has said that the reason for this is a significant increase in demand from institutional entities that have increased their appetite...

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Bakkt Set to Beat CME in Bitcoin Options Race as BTC Futures Volume Explodes 800%

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) in conjunction with their Bitcoin futures platform Bakkt is reportedly seeking to jump ahead of the CME group to release a Bitcoin options contract. This suggests that it wants to beat its CME rival that is considering a Q1 2020 launch for its Bitcoin option contract.Amsterdam-based Deribit already sells Bitcoin options but they have no standing compared to ICE or CME. Reportedly, BTC options will attract more institutional investors and enhance the...

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ICE, NASDAQ, CME Urge FCA Not to Restrict Crypto Derivatives for Retail Investors

The World Federation of Exchange (WFE), which is made up of the globe’s giant stock exchanges such as Deutsche Boerse, the London Stock Exchange, Korea Exchange, CME Group, and Nasdaq, has requested the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of the United Kingdom not to illegalize crypto derivatives for retail users.The WFE made the official announcement in reply to the financial regulator’s consultation document on potentially restricting crypto derivatives like Bitcoin futures as well as...

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Bitcoin Keeps Bleeding and Drops Below $8,000, Further Losses Possible

Just when it seemed like it could not get worse for the Bitcoin HODLERS, the BTC price plunges further. According to data from Messari, BTC dropped below a key support level of $8,000, touching the $7,800 mark. As we published earlier, the BTC price plunged by over $1,000 to settle below $8,500. Now another support has been breached.The biggest crypto has now entered the $7,000 region for the first time since June amid a severe $30 billion sell-off in the crypto market. In just 5 days, the...

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Bitcoin Futures Contracts Headed Our Way in Early 2020

Futures exchange operator CME group has announced that it plans to begin offering bitcoin futures contracts starting in early 2020. Futures were originally launched at the end of 2017. At press time, more than 3,000 people are trading futures and approximately 20 successful expiration dates have occurred since their integration. Bitcoin Futures Are All the Rage… Right?Tim McCourt, global head of equity index and alternative investment products at CME says: These new products are designed to...

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CME Group Will Offfer Options on Bitcoin Futures Contracts

Derivatives marketplace CME Group announced on Friday that, starting next year, it will offer options on its Bitcoin futures contracts. The company launched its futures product back in December 2017, at the same time as the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) did the same.In its announcement today, CME said that this step is made in order to provide clients with “additional tools for precision hedging and trading.” The launch is still pending regulatory review.Tim McCourt, CME Group global...

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Bitcoin Will Not Be Listed On Major Exchanges Without Better Regulation, Says SEC Chairman

Generally, the fact that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is not very supportive of the cryptocurrency industry is no longer news. The SEC has many times before, spoken out against cryptocurrencies because of their volatility and unregulated nature.Even efforts to launch Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF), have been largely unsuccessful as a few days ago, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) withdrew its application to float the VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF, just...

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Bitcoin.com Wants to Launch a Bitcoin Cash Futures Contract to Compete with XRP and ETH

Currently, the world’s fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap is Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and has been for a minute. Even at this position and with a market cap of $5.37 billion, not a lot is usually heard about BCH compared to its “senior colleagues” like Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and XRP. However, Roger Ver is planning to do something about all of that dormancy as there are strong plans by Bitcoin.com, to increase BCH adoption through a futures project.According to David Shin, the head of...

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