Elite E Services 12/10/2017 - As a Forex CTA for 12 years, we were happy to learn the CME will offer a Bitcoin futures contract, and called the CME to learn more. Unlike most of these Bitcoin outfits, the CME has an office, a phone, which is answered, and we were routed to the correct person. We don't want to name names as we still wait a response from legal about the publication of information (which will likely not happen before the contract goes live) so we will speak only generally about this contract and comment on what some of the market is saying:
The price of Bitcoin (notably, BTC/USD) has been exploding all week basically with the market expecting that with regulated futures contracts, it will bring institutional money into the Crypto market. While that may be true, this futures contract is not exactly a conduit, as it is 'cash settled' which means effectively 'not settled' or 'self-cleared'. CME will match buyers and sellers and not have any connection to any Bitcoin exchange or other clearing facility. At the end of the day, each contract will have a profit or loss, against each other. Crypto Market Makers could at their own risk, provide liquidity on-exchange and lay off risk independently, through the exchanges. But practically, why would they? Just to soak up 'newbie' liquidity from the moms and pops now able to trade the futures contract through their IRA? Something certainly doesn't add up here, and given the chaos and volatility we saw all week, we are expecting at best, a total market meltdown; at worst, they may cease trading the contract. There is certainly a lot of money waiting in the pipeline for the moment the contract goes live. And it's not the only one, CBOE has a contract too, which is the first one which will go live.
Traders wait in anticipation this week to see how the market will react to the first regulated Crypto contracts.
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