CBOE outruns CME to bitcoin futures launch

CBOE goes ahead of schedule, starting bitcoin futures in December 10
05 December 2017   1070

Cboe, one of the world’s largest exchange holding companies, announced on Monday that it plans to offer trading in bitcoin futures beginning at 5:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, December 10, at the start of Global Trading Hours. Monday, December 11, will be the first full day of trading, and trading will be free through December, according to Cboe's press release.

Given the unprecedented interest in Bitcoin, it’s vital we provide clients the trading tools to help them express their views and hedge their exposure. We are committed to encouraging fairness and liquidity in the Bitcoin market. To promote this, we will initially offer XBT futures trading for free.

 

Ed Tilly

The chairman and CEO of Cboe Global Markets

Cboe’s bitcoin futures will trade on CFE under the ticker symbol ‘XBT.’ XBTSM futures are cash-settled contracts based on Gemini’s auction price for bitcoin, denominated in U.S. dollars. XBT futures are specifically designed to allow participants to implement straightforward trading strategies, through settlement to a single, tradeable auction price.

Apart from CBOE, CME and NASDAQ have both announced their plans to launch futures products based on bitcoin this year.

Bear Market to Hit Mining Hard

BitMEX research division presented an analysis of the impact of market decline on the mining industry
11 December 2018   75

The cryptocurrency market has experienced a marked decline over the past weeks. The BitMEX research division presented an analysis of the impact of these events on the mining industry. Bitcoin hash rate has fallen by 31% since the beginning of November, which is equivalent to the capacity of 1.3 million Bitmain S9 devices. From this, BitMEX concludes that miners as a class are in a difficult situation, however, they may have different conditions, and those who pay more for electricity, are forced to turn off their equipment first, while others may still be quite viable.

The decrease in the price of Bitcoin by 45% since the beginning of November has already caused two recalculations of the complexity of mining to the lower side - by 7.4% and 15.1% on November 16 and December 3, respectively. The first recalculation turned out to be the largest since January 2013, the second - since October 2011.

Bitcoin mining revenue fell from $ 13 million per day in early November to $ 6 million per day in early December. The fall in the size of the miner's encouragement turned out to be even more rapid than the fall in the price of cryptocurrency. This is due to the delay in recalculating the complexity of mining. For the six-day period ending December 3, 21.8% fewer blocks were mined than expected, since the miners left the network before recalculating the difficulty. As a result, in addition to reducing the size of the miners' encouragement in dollar terms, due to lower asset prices, they received 21.8% less bitcoin awards.

One of the popular reasons for the recent decline in the cryptocurrency market is that miners sold bitcoins to cover their costs of hash warsin the Bitcoin Cash network. The monitoring platform Boltzmann recorded an unusually large sale of Bitcoin by the miner on November 12, that is, 3 days before the hard fork of Bitcoin Cash.

BitMEX assumes that the actions of miners over the past weeks could have played a significant role in reducing the market, however, recommends not overestimating their value and reminds that in a bearish trend, prices continue to fall regardless of asset movements and news.