CME to Offer Bitcoin Futures Contract on December 18

A trader signals offers in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index futures pit at the CME Group in Chicago.
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A trader signals offers in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index futures pit at the CME Group in Chicago.
CME announced Friday its new bitcoin futures contract will be available for trading on Dec.18.

The CME announcement came as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said it will allow the world’s largest futures exchange and its competitor, the Cboe Futures Exchange, to launch bitcoin contracts. A Cantor Exchange also self-certified a new contract for bitcoin binary options, the commission said.

Bitcoin traded 6 percent higher at $10,512, recovering partly from a 20 percent drop to $9,021.85 from a record high of $11,377.33 hit Wednesday, according to CoinDesk.

“I think it is going to enable finally the approval of bitcoin ETFs, and other digital currency ETFs, which is game changing,” Barry Silbert, founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group, said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

CME’s announcement comes as other major exchanges rush to launch their own bitcoin derivatives products.

The CFTC does not approve derivatives contracts or endorse their underlying assets.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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