Well, CBOE discontinued Bitcoin futures in March, the rival CME has no plans to follow its footprints. However, CME is well performing the market, capturing the bitcoin futures potential that CBOE has temporarily restricted.
CME Has No Plans to Discontinue
To remind, CBOE (Chicago Board Options Exchange) was the first global exchange launching Bitcoin futures which were then followed by CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) in a similar time frame. As Coingape reported, CBOE released a notice on March 14, elaborating the reason behind why are they pondering bitcoin futures contract from their list of offers for the March 2019. It stated as follows;
“CFE is not adding a Cboe Bitcoin (USD) (“XBT”) futures contract for trading in March 2019. CFE is assessing its approach with respect to how it plans to continue to offer digital asset derivatives for trading. While it considers its next steps, CFE does not currently intend to list additional XBT futures contracts for trading.”
However, the observers have denied the claim CBOE made – in contrast, they analyzed the decision was taken as a result of low trading volumes. Crypto enthusiasts took to Twitter and stated that the CME’s bitcoin futures contract volume hurt the volume of CBOE. Although the current Bitcoin futures contract of CBOE remains available for trading until June. Furthermore, reports from CME official revealed that they have no plans to restrict their bitcoin futures contact.
CME didn’t share any comment on CBOE’s decision while a crypto research firm, Trade Block’s CEO discussed potential points or reasons behind the decision. Lanre Sarumi, CEO of Trade Block says that;
“Connecting to both CME and Cboe is expensive. If you are already trading other products on an exchange, then there is no new cost. If not, you must pay for connectivity, software license, market data, cross-connects etc. — all that just to trade one new product?”
Given all that, CBOE’s volume in Bitcoin futures is thin as compared to CME which stands quite stronger. As for now, CME continued to capture its existing market, even the portion that CBOE left for this month.
That’s cause Cboe bitcoin futures trading volumes have been getting crushed by CME. pic.twitter.com/4dpi9Tfuwg
— John Todaro (@JohnTodaro1) March 14, 2019
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