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As Bitcoin Futures Volumes Increase Credit Agencies Look to Downgrade Dealers

This past April, reported on the Bitcoin futures markets offered by the two derivatives giants Cboe and CME Group and how contract volumes were steadily rising. This month, while BTC-spot prices slide to significant lows, both futures products from these two companies are still seeing increased demand for contracts. Also Read: A New Cryptocurrency Radio […]

CFTC’s Christopher Giancarlo Criticizes Outdated Regulatory Mandate

The chairman of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Christopher Giancarlo, recently discussed the challenges associated with assessing the regulatory implications of bitcoin and cryptocurrency according to the CFTC’s “decades[-]old” legislative mandate. Also Read: Openbazaar Co-Founder Expresses Frustration Over BTC Fees CFTC Chairman Criticizes 1930’s Legislative Apparatus In a recent interview with CNBC, Mr. […]

Bitcoin Futures Markets See a Big Uptick in Trade Volume

Bitcoin prices and cryptocurrency spot markets, in general, have been recovering after the downturn that took place from mid-December 2017 up until three weeks ago. At the time, when BTC derivatives products were introduced to the public, futures contracts got off to a slow start. Now bitcoin-based futures markets from the Chicago Board Options Exchange […]

Bitcoin Futures Predictions Volumes Grow

Over the past few months, the Chicago Board of Exchange (Cboe) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) have been selling bitcoin-based futures products. Predictions have been dull as most forecasts are around the $9-9.4K USD range for bitcoin derivatives using both firms’ futures data. On the other hand, crypto-derivatives trade volumes have been increasing. Also […]

A wild ride ahead for Bitcoin

This weekend has been a tumultuous one in crypto-land. With Bitcoin bouncing off of an all-time high of just over $18,250, and altcoins surging on Saturday, a different picture was being painted on Sunday. The bears were out in force and BTC lost over $5,000 in just over 48 hours. Volatile does not even come […]

CME Files Patent for ‘Physically Settled’ Bitcoin Derivatives Clearing System

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published last week a Bitcoin-related patent application by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc (CME). It describes clearing systems for “physically settled” digital currency derivatives contracts, including bitcoin. Also read: Bitcoin Investment Trust Raises Offering to $1 Billion, Signs on Credit Suisse and Wedbush CME’s New Patent Application CME is […]

What to Expect From Ledgerx’s ‘Physically-Settled’ Bitcoin Options

Institutional trading and clearing platform Ledgerx is preparing to offer ‘physically-settled’ bitcoin options. The company is currently waiting for full regulatory approval from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to trade and clear bitcoin options. caught up with CEO Paul Chou to find out more about their upcoming bitcoin derivatives products. Also read: EU […]

Tulip Mania and Why It Has Nothing To Do With Bitcoin

“The bitcoin is a mania like tulip bulbs in the 1600s and Beanie Babies in the 1990s.” – Wall Street Journal “Bitcoins are the tulips of modern times.” – Financial Times “Central Banker On Bitcoin, At Least With Tulipmania You Got a Tulip At The End.” – Forbes Both saw a dramatic rise in price, […]