Breaking: Goldman Sachs To Offer OTC Ethereum (ETH) Options

By Ambar Warrick
April 6, 2022 Updated April 6, 2022
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Goldman Sachs said it is planning to offer over-the-counter (OTC) options trading for Ethereum (ETH) to its clients. The investment bank cited growing client interest in the token ahead of its widely anticipated shift to a proof-of-stake (PoS) model.

The move comes just a few weeks after the bank executed an OTC options trade for Bitcoin (BTC), a first for a major Wall Street bank. The transaction was through digital fund manager Galaxy Digital, which is the biggest provider of liquidity for Goldman Sachs’ crypto products.

Goldman Sachs to offer ETH OTC options soon

The bank’s global head of crypto trading, Andrei Kazantsev, flagged the move during a client webinar, Bloomberg reported. He said the investment bank is planning to launch the product “in due course.”

Client interest appeared to be shifting towards the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency as it heads to a PoS model. The move would make the token far more approachable from an investment perspective.

OTC transactions usually involve large transactions and are geared towards institutional traders. The bank’s foray into OTC crypto options also highlights the growing interest in crypto from big trading houses, which comprise most of Goldman’s clientele.

The bank does not offer spot crypto trading, but offers access to crypto ETFs and options trade. Institutional traders usually prefer to invest in crypto through a proxy, as opposed to holding tokens directly.

ETH surges in popularity ahead of PoS shift

The token has seen a large spike in trading ahead of its upgrade to ETH 2.0. The low energy and computational requirements of staking are expected to make the token far more accessible.

The prospect of high returns on staking could also attract debt investors, who otherwise get double-digit yields from much riskier debt instruments. Staking, which involves locking in the token for a set period of time, would also make the token similar to a bond.

These features could potentially propel ETH prices to beyond $10,000 by the end of the year, according to Arthur Hayes, the co-founder of crypto exchange BitMEX. ETH was last trading at $3,353.

 

With more than five years of experience covering global financial markets, Ambar intends to leverage this knowledge towards the rapidly expanding world of crypto and DeFi. His interest lies chiefly in finding how geopolitical developments can impact crypto markets, and what that could mean for your bitcoin holdings. When he isn't trawling through the web for the latest breaking news, you can find him playing videogames or watching Seinfeld reruns. You can reach him at [email protected]
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