CME Group's Bitcoin (BTC) Futures Record Massive Volumes This Year. What's Behind This Growth?

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Thu, 02/06/2020 - 12:41
Alex Dovbnya
CME Group has had seven trading sessions with more than $500 mln in volume this year
CME Group's Bitcoin (BTC) Futures Record Massive Volumes This Year. What's Behind This Growth?
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Bitcoin (BTC) futures offered by Chicago-based CME Group has had seven sessions with more than $500 mln in trading volume, according to cryptocurrency data provider Skew. This revived interest in trading BTC futures coincided with the leading coin rallying above the make-it-or-break-it $9,000 level. 

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CME Group attracts more Bitcoin traders 

To put things into perspective, there was only one week when the world's number one futures exchange recorded such numbers from September to December in 2019. During the aforementioned period, Bitcoin experienced a 40 percent rout, plunging from nearly $11,000 to its local bottom of $6,440. 

Because of geopolitical woes, Bitcoin proved itself as a global safe haven, which is believed to be the main reason behind its bullish price action. As U.Today reported, the CME Group CEO recently compared it to gold while claiming that "more and more" people were participating in Bitcoin futures trading.   

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Bakkt breaks its open interest record 

CME rival Bakkt ushered onto the regulated crypto trading scene with its physically-backed Bitcoin futures in September. Back then, the sluggish start of the ICE subsidiary was attributed to the massive crash of the crypto market that took place in September. However, it slowly but surely started to log decent trading volumes. 

On Feb. 6, Bakkt's open interest (the total number of outstanding contracts) reached a new high despite its volume being significantly lower than it was at the start of the year. 

  

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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 alex.dovbnya@u.today.