Bitcoin Futures

Cboe Global Markets Inc. revealed today that it is to begin its bitcoin futures trading on the 10th December, beating fellow Chicago-based CME Group at becoming the first regulated exchange to trade the digital currency.

After receiving approval from the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CTFC), in a press release, Ed Tilly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cboe Global Markets, said:

Given the unprecedented interest in bitcoin, it’s vital we provide clients the trading tools to help them express their views and hedge their exposure. We are committed to encouraging fairness and liquidity in the bitcoin market. To promote this, we will initially offer XBT futures trading for free.

Bitcoin Futures Exchanges are coming in the near future

Similar to CME, Cboe’s bitcoin futures will be cash-settled; however, they will be based on the Gemini Trust, the digital currency exchange founded by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. On the other hand, CME will base their prices on four cryptocurrency exchanges, including Kraken, itBit, Bitstamp, and GDAX.

According to the release, trading will commence at 5:00 p.m. central time on Sunday, and Monday, 11th December, will be the first full day of trading. Through December, trading will be free, the release adds.

In a race to offer bitcoin derivative products via major exchanges, Terry Duffy, CME Group Chairman and CEO, revealed at the beginning of the month that it is to start trading on the 18th December.

At the time, Duffy said:

We are pleased to bring Bitcoin futures to market after working closely with the CFTC and market participants to design a regulated offering that will provide investors with transparency, price discovery, and risk transfer capabilities.

The news of Cboe and CME receiving approval from the CFTC means that it could attract more investors to the digital currency market. Not only that, but it will be a step closer to legitimising the cryptocurrency, which is often linked to criminal activities.

Furthermore, at present, bitcoin is bought and sold on exchanges that remain unregulated. Many, however, feel uncomfortable with this despite the fact that market prices are continuing to soar to record highs.

Just last week, billionaire investor Mark Cuban stated that the approval of the bitcoin futures on major exchanges will be seen as ‘generally positive‘ on the digital currency, stating:

What they charge is critical. Transaction costs are relatively high for BTC. If this pushes transaction costs lower, it will be a benefit to the BTC market.

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When mainstream investors and analysts discuss bitcoin investing, their answers are often so divergent that one could question whether they are even talking about the same asset.

This contentious debate has heightened in recent months, as the bitcoin price has repeatedly shattered records and carried the markets to fresh all-time highs. That trend continued on Saturday, as the bitcoin price rode a post-Thanksgiving wave of euphoria to a new high-water mark of $8,754 on bitcoin exchange Bitfinex.

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Bitcoin Price Chart | Source: BitcoinWisdom

The bears have been out in full force. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon says bitcoin is a “fraud,” even though his firm might help clients trade bitcoin futures, and other entrenched financiers have issued similar condemnations.

That said, the list of bulls is steadily growing, with market observers such as billionaire hedge fund manager Mike Novogratz beginning to realize that it is a revolutionary technology.

Mark Cuban, a long-time cryptocurrency skeptic, has softened his stance in recent months, but he still believes cryptocurrency is “more religion than asset” and that bitcoin investing is a longshot — but one that aggressive investors should consider taking.

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the dotcom billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner advised prospective investors to take a conservative approach, allocating the majority of their assets to a simple S&P 500 index fund. However, he added that “true adventurers” should place as much as 10 percent of their savings into bitcoin and ethereum.

“If you’re a true adventurer, and you really want to throw the Hail Mary, you might take 10 percent [of your investment capital] and put it in bitcoin or ethereum,” he said.

Now, very few Hail Mary attempts succeed, and Cuban cautions those willing to take the chance that they should be prepared to lose all of their money.

Nevertheless, those true adventurers who did take the plunge into bitcoin investing on Cuban’s advice have already been richly rewarded. Since Cuban issued this suggestion on October 18, the bitcoin price has already risen by 60 percent, increasing the value of a hypothetical $10,000 investment to $16,000.

Counting the value of any coins derived from Bitcoin Gold, an altcoin that forked away from the main bitcoin blockchain in late October and airdropped coins to anyone holding bitcoin funds at the date of the fork, the present value of that initial investment rises to nearly $17,000.

if this trend continues, it won’t be long before Cuban’s bitcoin Hail Mary begins to look more like an extra point attempt.

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