CME Group Won't Launch BTC Deliverable Futures

Since the launch of bitcoin futures, CME has attracted more than 3,300 individual investors, processed 7000 contracts for 35k BTC totally
02 October 2019   184

Confirming its intention to launch options on bitcoin, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) noted that it would not follow the path of a competitor in the form of the Bakkt platform and would refuse to trade in deliverable futures. The director of alternative investment products CME Group Tim McCourt said this in an interview with Markets Media.

Since we launched bitcoin futures in December 2017, the number one demand from customers has been for options on our futures.
 

Tim McCourt

Global head of equity index and alternative investment products, CME Group

CME Group conducts calculations on bitcoin futures in fiat, and the company will follow the same approach with respect to options. As McCourt noted, guided by the needs of customers when developing new products, the company does not plan to launch supply contracts for bitcoin.

Since the launch of bitcoin futures, CME has attracted more than 3,300 individual investors. This year, on average, the company processed about 7 thousand contracts for a total of 35,000 BTC.

The institutional interest in bitcoin is growing but they need time to become familiar with the market and get approval to use new products.
 

Tim McCourt

Global head of equity index and alternative investment products, CME Group

Also, according to McCourt, new options can use existing technology, an application matching engine and clearing mechanisms. Currently, the exchange is conducting standard instrument testing procedures.

Nasdaq to Launch Index, Based on 100 Crypto Assets

Neural network, considering 200 different factors, helped to create the list of the assets tracked by the CIX100 index
16 October 2019   84

Nasdaq, the world's second largest stock exchange, has added the CIX100 index based on 100 crypto assets, reports CoinTelegraph.

When building a basket of hundreds of leading digital assets, the tool from Cryptoindex.com uses neural network algorithms that take into account more than 200 different factors. Such a comprehensive analysis allows, in particular, to exclude coins with fake volumes.

It is also known that the index draws data on transactions on the nine largest bitcoin exchanges, and also analyzes information from social networks and the media. Only those coins that last in the top 200 for at least three months can become components of the CIX100. The composition of the index will be reviewed monthly.

According to the developers, the index will be useful for both newcomers to the industry and professionals.