Bakkt Set to Beat CME in Bitcoin Options Race as BTC Futures Volume Explodes 800%

After Bitcoin futures on the ICE Bakkt platform surged by almost 800% in a day, reports emerged that it is seeking to jump ahead of the CME group to release a Bitcoin options contract. The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) in conjunction with their Bitcoin futures platform Bakkt is reportedly seeking to jump ahead of the CME group to release a Bitcoin options contract. This suggests that it wants to beat its CME rival that is considering a Q1 2020 launch for its Bitcoin option contract. Amsterdam-based Deribit already sells Bitcoin options…

US CFTC Chairman Says Ether Is a Commodity, ETH Futures Coming Next

Chairman of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) believes that Ether (ETH) is a commodity, with ETH futures trading a coming reality. Heath Tarbert, new CFTC chairman who overtook J. Christopher Giancarlo in July, put forward his stance on Ether, other cryptocurrencies and forked coins at Yahoo Finance’s financial event  All Markets Summit on Oct. 10, Yahoo Finance reports. First CFTC guidance on Ether While the CFTC has been very clear that Bitcoin is a commodity, this is reportedly the first time that the authority has provided a…

Bakkt Bitcoin Futures Volume Soars Almost 800% in One Day

In an incredible and slightly confounding turn of events, Bakkt’s bitcoin Futures volume has soared as much as 796% to a new all-time high (ATH). This is a far cry from previous volumes and a bullish sign of revival for Bakkt following its lackluster beginnings. Launching some two weeks ago, Bakkt day one performance showcased a tepid day-one volume of just 72 BTC. Given the hype and anticipation around the launch, this left a lot to be desired. Since then, the daily volume has fluctuated but showed little signs of…

Bakkt’s Bitcoin Futures Trading Volume Soars 796% in One Day: Report

The trading volume of Bitcoin (BTC) futures on the Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) Bakkt platform reportedly soared to 224 contracts on Oct. 9 — 796% higher than the previous day. According to the tracking data compiled by Twitter account Bakkt Volume Bot (@BakktBot) — which is not affiliated with Bakkt but rather with Dutch journalist and cryptocurrency author Gert-Jan Lasterie — the 224 contracts represent an apparent all-time-high for the platform. A turnaround after tepid launch? Graph showing reported increase in daily traded volume for Bakkt Bitcoin Monthly Futures. Source: @BakktBot…

CoinFlex to Offer ‘Prediction Futures’ on Whether Libra Launches in 2020

A crypto derivatives exchange is launching physically-delivered futures contracts that will be settled based on whether Facebook’s Libra does or does not launch in 2020. According to Bloomberg’s report on Oct. 7, the new offering is slated for launch by the Seychelles-registered CoinFlex exchange via an “Initial Futures Opening” (IFO) on Oct. 24. The IFO concept: betting on tokens that don’t exist yet CoinFlex’s IFO will set the price of a futures contract at 30 cents — reflecting a roughly 30% likelihood that Libra will launch by December 2020. The…

Galaxy Digital and XBTO Making First Block Trade of Bakkt Bitcoin Futures

Cryptocurrency investment fund Galaxy Digital and over-the-counter (OTC) trading firm XBTO announced they have managed to organize the first block trade ever of Bakkt’s Bitcoin futures contract. In the announcement, Bakkt’s parent company, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), said the deal is done but hasn’t disclosed any further details (as price or size). Trabue Bland, President of ICE Futures U.S said that since it launched last week, the Bakkt Bitcoin Futures has achieved several milestones, including first physical delivery of Bitcoin against a futures contract, and now the first block trade. He…

Galaxy Digital and XBTO Execute First Block Trade of Bakkt Bitcoin Futures

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the governing body behind the New York Stock Exchange, has executed the first block trade of Bakkt Bitcoin (BTC) futures contracts. ICE revealed the development in an Oct. 4 press release, specifying that the first Bakkt Bitcoin Futures block trade was executed between digital assets merchant bank Galaxy Digital and crypto investment firm XBTO on Oct. 1. The deal was cleared by agricultural commodities merchant ED&F Man. Following the block trade execution, XBTO stated: “Last week, we bought the first Bakkt Bitcoin Daily Futures contract and took…

Galaxy Digital, XBTO Just Made the First Block Trade of Bakkt Bitcoin Futures

Cryptocurrency investment fund Galaxy Digital and over-the-counter (OTC) trading firm XBTO have conducted the first-ever block trade of Bakkt’s bitcoin futures contract. Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Bakkt’s parent company, announced the trade Friday but did not disclose its size. A block trade is a large transaction that takes place off the open market in order to avoid moving the price too much. The trade, which took place Tuesday, comes on the heels of a disappointing launch last week for the much-hyped Bakkt, whose on-exchange volume in its first five trading days…

Investment Firm Files Prospectus for New BTC Futures Fund With US SEC

Investment management company Stone Ridge is trying to register a new Bitcoin (BTC) futures offering with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The new fund is called NYDIG Bitcoin Strategy Fund and describes itself as “a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company that continuously offers its shares,” with an objective to achieve capital appreciation by investing in BTC futures contracts, according to an Oct. 2 filing. Cash-settled BTC futures only Detailing its investment strategy, the company noted that the fund will only invest in cash-settled BTC futures traded on…

First Week Performance of Bakkt’s Bitcoin Futures Remains Disappointing

Bakkt’s entry into the crypto space remains disappointing so far in the first week of its Bitcoin Futures launch. Bakkt’s performance has also resulted in the Bitcoin price crash last week, according to some experts. Last week, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) launched its regulated Bitcoin Futures contracts. While there was a lot of buzz before the launch, Bakkt failed to make an impact on the market. The Bakkt futures contracts saw very lukewarm response from investors. With one week since its launch, the Bakkt futures contracts have just $5 million…