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Bitcoin (BTC) Seeing Robust Institutional Demand

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Tue, 9/01/2024 - 15:52
Bitcoin (BTC) Seeing Robust Institutional Demand
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The cryptocurrency market is witnessing a significant uptick in institutional interest, particularly in Bitcoin (BTC).

Over the past 24 hours, there has been a 12.70% increase in open interest (OI) on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), a leading platform for cryptocurrency derivatives. 

Institutional investors are increasingly gravitating towards CME for its robust regulatory framework, deep liquidity, and the perceived safety of a regulated exchange, distinguishing it from less regulated platforms.

Exploring the surge in open interest

Open interest, a term used to describe the total number of outstanding derivative contracts that have not been settled, is a key metric in understanding market sentiment and liquidity. 

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According to recent data from CoinGlass, the CME leads the pack with 132.90K BTC in OI, accounting for 30.59% of the total and amounting to $6.21 billion. 

This is followed by Binance, OKX, Bitget, Deribit, BingX, Bitmex, and Bitfinex, each contributing to the diverse ecosystem of Bitcoin derivatives trading. 

The surge in OI across these platforms signals a growing interest and activity in Bitcoin trading among various types of investors.

Anticipation builds around Bitcoin ETF approval

Institutional investors are also buoyed by the seemingly imminent approval of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), expected this Wednesday. 

The excitement around this development was further fueled by BlackRock rapidly re-filing of their S-1 documentation based on last-minute comments. This has stressed the urgency and anticipation surrounding the ETF. 

Interestingly, Standard Chartered Bank projects that spot Bitcoin ETFs could attract $50-100 billion in inflows in 2024, highlighting the significant potential impact this product could have on the market.

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