Hong Kong Warns on Risks of Bitcoin Futures

Hong Kong finance regulator has published a new circular related to bitcoin futures
12 December 2017   1413

On December 11 the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong published a circular that reminds that only licensed firms are allowed to offer bitcoin futures within Hong Kong. Investors are also reminded of the risks associated with these products.

Hong Kong investors may be able to trade in bitcoin futures through an intermediary which is a member of these exchanges....The industry is reminded that a party is required to have an appropriate licence with the SFC if it provides any other business services relating to bitcoin futures.

 

The circular of the SFC

According to circular, other forms of cryptocurrency-related investment products are available to investors in the country including cryptocurrency options. Failure to obtain a license to offer such services "may be committing a criminal offence under the SFO".

SFC also reminded investors about the potential risks in trading cryptocurrencies including insufficient liquidity and price volatility.

The circular was published on the first day of trading of the CBOE’s futures contract, which went live late Sunday.

BTC Volatility to Fall by 98% in a Year

Analyst believe that low volatility indicates a decline in speculative trading 
18 January 2019   91

Since January last year, the first cryptocurrency volatility has decreased by 98%. So, if on January 16, 2018, it was $ 3,468, then a year later - only $ 61, CoinDesk reports.

Note, the daily volatility over the past year decreased from 9.1% to 3.6%, although on December 16, 2018 was about 26%.

In absolute terms, the maximum daily volatility in the first quarter was $ 973, and in the following: $ 345, $ 245 and $ 195, respectively.

At the beginning of 2019, this figure also did not exceed $ 200, and on January 12 it reached a minimum value of $ 45.17.

Analyst stressed that low volatility indicates a decline in speculative trading and an approach to a sharp price movement.

In his opinion, Bitcoin will soon leave the range of $ 3,500- $ 3,700 in favor of the bears. At the moment, the first cryptocurrency is trading at around $ 3,590.