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Bitcoin Futures and Options Offered by CME Group Record Triple-Digit Growth

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 14:37
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Alex Dovbnya
CME's Bitcoin futures and options saw 117 percent growth compared to December 2019
Bitcoin Futures and Options Offered by CME Group Record Triple-Digit Growth
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Bitcoin futures and options offered by Chicago-headquartered CME Group have recorded a 117 percent increase in average daily volume (ADV) since December 2019, according to a full-year report shared on Jan. 5.

These cryptocurrency products are seeing faster growth than e-micro gold futures, silver futures and even SOFR futures.

How CME became a major player in crypto

In December 2017, Bitcoin-tied futures made their debut on CMEback when the previous bull market reached its peak.

Because of the bear market in 2018, futures-trading activity became anemic, which prompted the rivaling Cboe exchange to discontinue its own product in March 2019. In May of that year, however, CME saw a sharp uptick in volumes, which also coincided with Bitcoin's stunning recovery.

In January 2020, CME also launched Bitcoin options following Bakkt's debut.

On the verge of 2021, CME toppled OKEx and Binance to become the number one destination for trading Bitcoin futures.

On Jan. 4, the first trading day of the new year, 17,234 contracts changed hands as institutional investors are becoming keener on Bitcoin.

After three years of deliberation, CME Group will also list Ethereum futures on Feb. 8.

Aggregated Bitcoin Futures Open Interest Hits All-Time High

Gaps keep getting bigger

Following its weekend rally, CME's futures had to be temporarily halted at the open because of a gargantuan gap that ended up getting filled softly.

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On Jan. 4, the largest cryptocurrency corrected to the $27,700 level, recording its steepest drop since mid-March.

Traders generally believe that most CME gaps tend to fill, which appears to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at