Crypto Futures Exchange Bakkt Going Public at a Valuation of $2.1 Billion

Bitcoin futures exchange Bakkt is going public via a merger with VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) created for taking startup firms public. Both companies have now confirmed the transaction, and will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under a new name – Bakkt Holdings Inc., – sometime in the second quarter of 2021. Rumours about the deal have swelled since early January. After the merger, Bakkt is expected to have an enterprise value of $2.1 billion, the company announced on Jan. 11.…

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Bitcoin Price Drops 17%, Large CME Futures Gap Filled, BTC Spot Markets Rebound

On January 4, 2020, the price of bitcoin slid to the lowest point of the year dropping from Sunday’s high of $33,800 per unit to $27,734 a few minutes after 5 a.m. (EST). In fact, the price dip filled CME Group’s large futures gap after the regulated exchange has seen six consecutive gaps since the run-up. Meanwhile, a number of other cryptocurrencies have seen significant gains and they did not drop as much as the leading crypto asset. Bitcoin (BTC) prices took a hit on Monday morning losing a total…

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CME explains why it waited three years for ETH futures

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, or CME, recently announced plans to add Ethereum (ETH) futures to its offering — three years after launching Bitcoin (BTC) futures. Market development has impacted the exchange’s decision to branch out.  “Since we launched the CME CF Ether-Dollar Reference Rate and Real-Time Index in 2018, there has been significant growth in ether transactions, and increased client demand for tools to manage price risk,” a CME representative told Cointelegraph. Similar to CME’s Bitcoin Reference Rate, the CF Ether-Dollar Reference Rate and Real-Time Index essentially show ETH’s going…

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CME Group to Launch Ethereum Futures in February Pending Regulatory Approval

On December 16, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) announced that CME Group is expanding the company’s crypto derivatives and plans to launch Ethereum futures. The company said the launch is based on increasing client demand and aims to launch the new ether derivatives products on February 8, 2021. While bitcoin (BTC) has touched a new all-time price high, the second-largest crypto market held by ethereum (ETH) has also gained a lot of momentum. On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, ether prices jumped to $625 per unit and captured a market valuation…

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Data shows Bitcoin price drops days after BTC futures open interest hits $1B

There was a time when BitMEX derivatives exchange reigned sovereign over other exchanges, and the company effectively held a 50% market share until July 2019. For this reason, traders kept a close eye on every indicator connected to BitMEX, including its funding rate, open interest, and basis. Open interest measures the total number of contracts held by market participants. As the figure rises higher, so does the potential size of liquidations. On Aug. 2, a $1,400 crash happened as $1 billion in futures contracts were forcefully closed due to insufficient…

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CME overtakes OKEx as largest Bitcoin futures market

CME Group has become the world’s largest Bitcoin (BTC) futures market following a surge in open interest over the past month, industry data shows.  In a Friday tweet, Arcane Research announced that CME had overtaken OKEx as the world’s largest Bitcoin futures market. Citing data from Skew, a market intelligence firm, Arcane said open interest in CME’s Bitcoin futures contract has reached $1.16 billion. OKEx, meanwhile, registered $1.07 billion. “Institutional investors are here,” Arcane said. CME’s Bitcoin futures market has more than doubled over the past month, with more traders…

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BTC Options Open Interest Surges, Traders Look to an Unfilled Bitcoin Futures Gap at $18K

Bitcoin prices have been volatile during the last few weeks, but have managed to climb higher in value at the same time. This week bitcoin derivatives markets, specifically futures and options, show that crypto asset traders should expect more swings going forward. Some traders believe that the digital currency’s price could fill two unfilled gaps on CME Group’s Bitcoin Futures chart with an upward trajectory toward $18,000. During the last few days, bitcoin (BTC) spiked over the $16k handle, as numerous cryptocurrency markets have seen some significant gains this week.…

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3 factors to consider before trading crypto perpetual futures contracts

As tempting as it can be to buy altcoins using perpetual futures, there are a few hidden traps that one should monitor closely.  Over the past few years, numerous exchanges began to offer altcoin futures quoted in Tether (USDT) and stablecoin pairs, which eventually became the standard. This change is more convenient for most traders but still presents some serious issues for those willing to keep long positions open for more than a couple of weeks. Before opening any trade at an exchange offering perpetual futures, traders should be aware…

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Uniswap Dark (UNID) Next Generation Defi protocol with Ultimate Security Futures, Token Pre-Sale is Now Live

PRESS RELEASE. Uniswap Dark is a uniswap fork that tackles impermanent and permanent loss. Our exchange provides a decentralized, peer-to-peer, and safe exchange platform with minimal fees and slippage to solve the problems. Usually, trading or swapping on Uniswap demands ERC-20 token to ETH involves a double swapping fee, but uniswapdark exchange enables stablecoin users to swap and stake as needed. The UniswapDark protocol is designed to help users swap their ERC-20 tokens in a trustful way across all of the platform’s native liquidity pools. In terms of its operability,…

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Hash Watch: 73% of Bitcoin Cash Blocks Mined With BCHN, Poloniex Launches Fork Futures

The Bitcoin Cash (BCH) upgrade is 21 days away and there’s a possibility the blockchain may bifurcate on November 15. On Sunday, October 25, statistics show that 731 out of the last 1,000 blocks have been mined using the BCHN full node software. Bitcoin Cash proponents are patiently waiting for the next BCH upgrade that’s roughly three weeks away. News.Bitcoin.com reported on September 1, that due to the contentious Infrastructure Funding Proposal added to Bitcoin ABC’s codebase, the network may split. 23 days later our newsdesk explained around 61% of…

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