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Lack of Institutional Interest? Cboe Suspends Adding New Bitcoin Futures Contract

Abstract : If Cboe doesn’t add new XBT any more, there will be no Bitcoin futures contract trading in the second half of 2020.

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ChainDD

Mar 16

March 16 (ChainDD) Cboe, the largest option exchange in U.S., announced on March 14 EST that it is not adding a Cboe Bitcoin (USD) (“XBT”) futures contract for trading in March 2019, since it is assessing its approach with respect to how it plans to continue to offer digital asset derivatives for trading. While considering its next steps, it currently has no intention to list additional XBT futures contracts for trading. Currently listed XBT futures contracts remain available for trading.

ChainDD noted that among all the listed Cboe’s XBTs, the contract with the longest maturity is XBTM19, which will be delivered in June, 2020. If Cboe doesn’t add new XBT any more, there will be no Bitcoin futures contract trading in the second half of 2020.

As to Cboe’s decision, some crypto observers think it indicates to some extent the institutional interest in Bitcoin is low. But others noted that CME Group, another Bitcoin futures provider and the largest futures exchange in the world, witnessed record high Bitcoin trading volume recently. Cboe’s Bitcoin futures volume has been get crashed by CME.

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