CME Bitcoin Futures Launched

Unlike the 19% surge of CBOE futures a week ago —  the CME futures fell 4% to $18,760 about four hours after opening
18 December 2017   1058

The CME Group, the world's largest futures exchange, opened up bitcoin futures for trading at 6 p.m. EST on Sunday under the ticker "BTC". The reference price, from which price limits are set, is $19,600 for the February contract, $19,700 for March and $19,900 for June.

Unlike the 19% surge in CBOE bitcoin futures during their first day of trading a week ago —   the CME futures fell 4% to $18,760 about four hours after opening at $20,650 and rising slightly. Volume on CME was recently at 590 contracts, while on its debut on December 10, the Cboe traded nearly 4,000 contracts during the full session.

A key difference between the Cboe and CME futures is that the Cboe contract represents one bitcoin, while a CME contract represents five bitcoins. The Cboe also settles its futures against a daily price auction from Gemini, while the CME uses its own bitcoin reference rate which tracks several cryptocurrency exchanges.

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At the moment of press, these are main market parameters of Bitcoin:

  • Average price: $18 949,70
  • Marketcap: $317 389 226 439 USD
  • 24h volume: $12 980 400 000 USD

Some investors believe the CME bitcoin futures could attract more institutional demand because the final settlement price is culled from multiple exchanges.

Recently, we have reported about the upcoming bitcoin futures, stressing the most important information about the derivatives.

BitPay to Receive New York's BitLicense

Having received BitLicense, BitPay can now conduct business with New York-based companies and consumers
17 July 2018   102

The well-known cryptocurrency processing service BitPay obtained a license to work with virtual currencies in the state of New York. Known also as BitLicense, this license is issued by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) and grants its holders the ability to conduct activities related to cryptocurrencies in the state.

NYDFS has carefully studied the company's application, including its policy on measures to combat money laundering, customer identification, fraud prevention, cybersecurity. The financial situation of the company was also thoroughly analyzed.

New York state has one of the strictest policies around businesses involved in cryptocurrency and working through the approval processes to obtain a License was important to BitPay. We believe this hard work will pay off as New York presents significant business opportunities for BitPay.
 

Stephen Pair

CEO, BitPay

Having received BitLicense, BitPay can now conduct business with New York-based companies and consumers: the first will be able to use the company's processing services to accept payments in Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, the latter will pay for various goods and services using these two BitPay supported cryptos.

Note that BitPay was only the eighth company that received BitLicense. Other license holders are Square, Xapo, Genesis Global Trading, bitFlyer USA, Coinbase, Ripple and Circle. In addition, special permissions for operations with crypto-currencies are exchanged by Gemini and itBit.