Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group Inc stated on their website that effective Q4 2017, and pending all relevant regulatory review periods, please be advised that Bitcoin futures will be launched. The relevant bit being about relevant regulatory review periods.
Right when all the rage about Bitcoin futures is taking place around the world, even NASDAQ has jumped on the bandwagon yesterday, promising their own futures to release in 2018, CME updated their site with new bit of info many will find disappointing. As of today, the page about upcoming CME Bitcoin futures received a red-highlighted note of launch being postponed pending regulatory review.
Miners and BTC traders all over the world wait for the CME to join the market. Founded more than a century ago, Chicago Merc right now is the largest futures exchange company. Their entrance in the BTC trading would have a severe impact on the system, providing the alternative to current trading platforms.
The delay is caused by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) demanding changes to some aspects of contracts as quoted from the CFTC spokesperson's, Ms Erica Elliott Richardson, interview. The concerns about bitcoin futures expressed by some market participants has played a large role in the ongoing closer examination, she revealed. Also, as said, the CFTC staff will be holding the stress testing and risk-monitoring activities once the contracts are launched.
All this information strongly contributes to the skeptics' doubt, that the launch will take place this year. Right now no further information about possible launch date is released by either CME themselves or other market participants.