Crypto Futures: A Murky Tomorrow

As institutional interest in cryptocurrencies grows, new and old exchanges are now turning to futures contracts to grow institutional interest. After fits and starts, crypto futures might be nearing a tipping point.

As bitcoin tripled in price to emerge from its first crypto winter, and as the last expiry of the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE’s) cash-settled bitcoin futures expired, contracts of the same style offered by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) soared to a record $508 million in May. But over the last year, a different method of connecting regulated institutions to nascent bitcoin spot markets has brewed within other exchanges: futures contracts that settle in bitcoin itself. 

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