05 December, 2017
CME's bitcoin futures contract launches december 18, available for trading on the CME Globex electronic trading platform, the world's biggest derivatives exchange said on Friday. The futures will begin trading at 5 p.m. CT under the ticker symbol "XBT".
Bitcoin trading markets seem to have already priced the CBOE's move into their assessment of the cryptocurrency's price.
In recent months, the price of bitcoin has fluctuated wildly, trading from a little over $1,300 in April up to more than $7,400 in early November, before falling again below $6,000 following the news that a much-anticipated "fork" in the bitcoin blockchain was not going ahead. At 19:54 UTC on Monday, bitcoin was trading at $11,237.19, unchanged in the last 24 hours.
CME and CBOE have also agreed to enter into data-sharing agreements, particularly on the settlement process, so the CFTC can conduct its own surveillance on the new financial contracts.
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Naeem Aslam, Think Markets analyst, said that the reports Britain wants to hike regulation of bitcoin and other digital currencies. They will also be cash-settled, similar to CME's bitcoin futures.
Bitcoin futures would allow traders to bet on rises and falls in the digital currency, similar to the way oil, corn or gold futures work.
"If the Commission determines that the margin the DCOs hold against bitcoin futures positions is inadequate, it can take measures to require that the margin levels be increased", CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintez said in a speech last week. CBOE has already expressed its desire to list these products, and - just this week - The Wall Street Journal reported Nasdaq Inc. hopes to list bitcoin futures on one of its US exchanges during the first half of 2018.