Blockchain 

Bitcoin Soars As Bakkt is All Set to Launch Bitcoin Futures in September

Since the infamous day of 2017, when Bitcoin went on its incredible run, there has been talk of the introduction of a financial exchange backed by the world’s biggest cryptocurrency. One of the instruments that have been spoken about by crypto experts for many years are crypto futures from Bakkt, but delay after delay stopped this from happening—until now. Positive News For Bitcoin Over the past few years, nothing came to fruition despite several rounds of talks among regulators in the United States, and so, the product was not introduced.…

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LedgerX Launches Physically-Settled Bitcoin Futures Contracts

According to CoinDesk, LedgerX has launched the first physically-settled Bitcoin futures contracts in the US. The news comes at a time when Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt and TD Ameritrade’s ErisX have struggled to launch amid regulation issues. LedgerX Launches Bitcoin Futures Contracts LedgerX is now the first Bitcoin futures provider in the US that offers physical futures. This means that the customer receives Bitcoin when the contract expires as opposed to fiat dollar as per the more traditional futures contracts out there. The Chicago-based exchanges CME and Cboe have offered “cash-settled futures…

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Bitcoin Futures Platform Bakkt Begins Testing Today

It’s been a long road for Bitcoin futures platform Bakkt. The platform—developed by NYSE parent company Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE)—has faced a myriad of launch delays due to regulatory approval. It’s still waiting now, but in the meantime, it has begun testing its Bitcoin futures contracts today. Here’s what we know. Bakkt is Testing Bitcoin Futures Contracts The company announced in May that it would begin testing its contracts in July. It later settled on the date of July 22, which is today. The company has not disclosed what is involved in…

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Ethereum Futures Already Gaining Significant Support in the Industry

Ethereum (ETH) is the second largest virtual currency in terms of market cap, and for quite some time investors have been expecting Ethereum futures that seem to, at last, be happening. However, these expectations have faced interest concerns and regulatory uncertainty regarding the crypto asset.Ethereum Futures Realized The expectations for Ethereum futures appear to have been realized with The Block reporting that one of the largest global exchanges, CME Group, was preparing to release a futures product for Ethereum. The Chicago-based CME Group was the institution that launched Bitcoin futures…

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Bakkt Announces Bitcoin Futures Launch Date in July

As Bitcoin (BTC) holds resistance above $8,100 USD, more positive news has arrived to help its case. Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) cryptocurrency platform, Bakkt, is to begin testing its first product: physically-delivered Bitcoin futures. The date for launch is just over one month from now, July 22nd. Bakkt Announces First Project Launch In a blog posted earlier today, Bakkt chief operating officer Adam White wrote: “On July 22, two days after Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary, Bakkt will initiate user acceptance testing for its bitcoin futures listed and traded at ICE Futures U.S. and…

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Ethereum Price Jumps 8% | CTFC Approving Futures Trading Soon?

Ethereum is now firmly established as the cryptocurrency with the second biggest market cap after Bitcoin, and more good news could be on the way for the coin if recent reports regarding CTFC approval of Ethereum futures are to be believed. According to a report from Coindesk, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission could be all set to approve it, provided Ethereum passes the commission’s stringent tests. Needless to say, it would be a significant development for the cryptocurrency if it eventually comes to pass. ETH is up by…

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Kraken Futures Trading Nears $1 Billion in First Month

Crypto is nowhere close to being dead. Kraken’s newly acquired Crypto Facilities has seen around $1 billion traded in crypto futures already in February, according to an article released today by CoinDesk. Sui Chung, Crypto Facilities’ head of pricing products and indices, told CoinDesk that futures trades have grown more than 500% since Kraken acquired the futures exchange. Kraken Acquires Crypto Facilities On February 4th, US-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken announced the acquisition of Crypto Facilities. At the time, the cryptocurrency exchange didn’t release the exact figures for the transaction and just…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Futures | NASDAQ Officially Confirms Launch in Early 2019

The world’s second-largest stock exchange in the world, the Nasdaq exchange, has officially confirmed its plans to launch Bitcoin futures in 2019. Late last week, unofficial reports surfaced of the exchange launching these plans, first reported by Bloomberg. Joseph Christinat, VP of Nasdaq’s media team, spoke to the UK’s daily tabloid The Express yesterday and confirmed the plans. The VP states that these futures will be listed and launched in the first half of 2019—no official date has been given at this time. Nasdaq Bitcoin Futures The launch still remains subject to…

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Bitcoin Futures | Nasdaq Claims BTC Futures Contracts are Still Coming

Nasdaq Inc. is still planning to launch its Bitcoin futures early next year, Bloomberg reported early this morning. Two individuals familiar with the Bitcoin project told Benjamin Bain, a reporter at Bloomberg, that despite the downturned market the index still plans on offering these contracts. Bitcoin Futures Bitcoin (BTC) has plunged nearly -75% since the beginning of the year and interest in digital currencies has dramatically decreased. Still, the Wall Street exchange feels there is enough investor interest to continue its plans. One of the individuals at Nasdaq told Bloomberg…

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Cryptocurrency 

Bakkt Looks for Support for Its Next Futures Contract

As Bitcoin continues to slide past the $4,500 mark, bullish investors need something to hold onto. Bakkt is trying to give it to them. Intercontinental Exchange, the owner of the NYSE, is fighting the good fight with a plan to make cryptocurrencies mainstream. Bakkt is its plan. The new platform offers regulated trading, clearing and custody, and security. It is a safe environment for consumers to buy, sell, store, and spend digital assets. Bakkt and Bitcoin The platform’s first futures contract will be a Bitcoin one, as it is “the clear crypto…

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