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CME Bitcoin Futures Trading Volumes Keep Surging in May. What Drives Institutional Demand?

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  • May is well-positioned to become the most successful month for CME Bitcoin futures

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Bitcoin futures issued by the Chicago-based CME have already attained a new high this May with the total trading volume reaching $6.6 bln, the latest Diar report shows. That vividly shows that institutional investors are getting keen on crypto.

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Record-breaking numbers  

Undoubtedly, there is a clear connection between the market sentiment and CME trading volumes. This correlation became apparent at the beginning of April when the number of traded future contracts started increasing in sync with the BTC price.  

As reported, CME’s next-door rival CBOE had to put the brakes on its Bitcoin futures due to its dwindling trading volumes.   

Deribit, the Dutch BTC futures and options trading platform, also witnessed stellar growth back in April and March.

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The new gold

The gradually growing institutional interest is a surefire sign that the cryptocurrency market is maturing. Bitcoin is now branded as the ‘digital gold’ (case in point: the recent ‘Drop Gold’ campaign that was initiated by Grayscale. Notably, Bitcoin futures recorded their highest comparison to gold futures in May.

As Diar points out, the Bitcoin market is becoming more ‘synthetic’ as spot exchanges see declining volumes.

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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.

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Gamblers Are Driving Force Behind dApps Growth: 2019 H1 DappReview Report         

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  • It appears that many cryptocurrency enthusiasts are willing to roll the dice

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The recently published report by DappReview encompasses everything related to the growth of decentralized applications (dApps) in the first half of 2019. When it comes to the most popular category of dApps, gambling ones appear to be in the lead by a big margin.

Upping the ante

The “Casino” category has the biggest chunk of the pie with 606 newly created dApps. For comparison, there are only 398 gaming dApps, which occupy second spot. “High-risk” dApps are trailing behind the gaming ones with 358 newly created apps.  

DappReview explains that the main reason behind their popularity is that they are relatively cheap and easy to create, but, nonetheless, they generate great returns for their developers. 

On top of that, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of risk-loving crypto enthusiasts. 

dApps are doing just fine

Overall, the report points out that rapid growth has become a new trend in the dApps department. More than 1,114 dApps have been already created this year. Tron boasts the biggest amount of newly created dApps while Ethereum and EOS come in second and third places respectively.

Notably, only one percent of users tried more than ten dApps, but they are responsible for the lion’s share of the total transactions on each of the aforementioned networks.

About the author

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.

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