Prominent cryptocurrency exchange, BitMEX announced the launch of a BCHUSD quanto perpetual swap contract. The latest quanto contract is all set to roll out on 16 June 2020.
BitMEX’s Fourth Quanto Contract!
Perpetual swaps have garnered popularity in the crypto sphere as it has taken leaves out of the books of margin trading. However, “quanto” is a term unknown to many. Quanto is a variety of derivative, yet, “the underlying is denominated in one currency, but the instrument itself is settled in another currency at some rate.” Their capability to forfend the buyer from the variations of the exchange rate is a glimmering quotient.
In the first week of May 2020, BitMEX, one among the biggest derivative trading platforms in the world rolled out the ETHUSD quanto futures contract. Before this, in February 2020, the XRPUSD quanto swap contract was launched for the community. The BCHUSD quanto perpetual swap contract is the latest one to make its way into the industry.
BitMEX took to Twitter to promulgate the launch of the same. The tweet read,
Following the success of our other quanto contracts, we’ll be launching a BCHUSD quanto perpetual swap on 16 June. Please find details on our blog: https://t.co/HspDGRQeQq.
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— BitMEX (@BitMEXdotcom) June 1, 2020
BitMEX’s blog post read,
“Together, these three new quanto contracts represent further diversification of trading opportunities for users as we continue to expand our innovative product range.”
Additionally, the contract is ought to have leverage up to 25x. The latest quanto contract is said to go live from 04:00 UTC on 16 June 2020, however, the contract is already made available for the community via Testnet.
Furthermore, a fixed Bitcoin multiplier of 0.000001 XBT (100 Satoshis) will be in place notwithstanding the rate of USD Bitcoin Cash as it would provide traders the option to long or short the BCH/USD exchange rate. Traders will be allowed to do so while leaving both the currencies untouched.
Pertinent details about the BCHUSD quanto perpetual swap contract were also highlighted by the exchange. The maker and taker fees stand at -0.025% and 0.075% respectively. The Base Initial Margin was 4.00%, while the Base Maintainance Margin was 2.00%.
Albeit the contract is expected to go live on 16 June 2020, the blog post suggested,
“The contract will be visible on the platform from 15 June 2020 at 04:00 UTC as Unlisted, 24 hours before the start of trading.”
BitMEX’s CEO and Co-founder, Arthur Hayes couldn’t seem to contain his exhilaration about the exchange’s latest integration as he tweeted,
Repeat after me “BCASH BCASH BCASH”. https://t.co/MLBlAadpV1
— Arthur Hayes (@CryptoHayes) June 1, 2020
While derivatives have gained immense traction across the crypto-verse, the quanto option is still in its nascent stage. BitMEX’s latest venture is speculated to give a push to quanto contracts.
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Sahana Kiran is a graduate in Political Science, Economics and Journalism. She is a full-time crypto writer at CoinGape and takes a keen interest in cryptocurrencies, especially Ethereum and Bitcoin. Even though she’s not a HODLER yet, she has eyes on Bitcoin.