CME overtakes OKEx as largest Bitcoin futures market

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CME Group has change into the world’s largest Bitcoin (BTC) futures market following a surge in open curiosity over the previous month, business information reveals. 

In a Friday tweet, Arcane Analysis announced that CME had overtaken OKEx because the world’s largest Bitcoin futures market. Citing information from Skew, a market intelligence agency, Arcane mentioned open curiosity in CME’s Bitcoin futures contract has reached $1.16 billion. OKEx, in the meantime, registered $1.07 billion.

“Institutional traders are right here,” Arcane mentioned.

CME’s Bitcoin futures market has more than doubled over the past month, with extra merchants in search of publicity to the flagship cryptocurrency because it surged to close all-time highs. Futures buying and selling can generally invoke heavy volatility, particularly as expiry nears, as contract holders regulate their positions earlier than that date.

Its November futures contract, BTCX20, expires on Friday.

Cryptocurrency exchanges Binance and Huobi have additionally emerged as main futures gamers. Primarily based on open curiosity, they’re the third- and fourth-largest BTC futures platforms, respectively.

Bybit, which additionally appeared on Arcane’s listing, introduced earlier this week that it’ll soon launch a quarterly Bitcoin futures contract.

The futures market is a vital bellwether for Bitcoin adoption as a result of it means conventional traders are stepping into the combo. Whereas the 2017 bull market was pushed largely by retail merchants, the present uptrend has been fueled by deeper institutional pockets.

CME, particularly, is becoming vital to Bitcoin price discovery, in response to funding supervisor Wilshire Phoenix.

CME’s significance is “not solely demonstrated via buying and selling quantity and open curiosity,” Wilshire said, “but in addition by affect on spot value formation.

Bitcoin value is at the moment consolidating within the $16,500 vary following a heavy Thanksgiving day sell-off