- CBOE is launching leveraged Bitcoin futures trading in January 2024, becoming the first US regulated crypto exchange and clearinghouse to offer spot and derivatives trading.
- The futures will initially be financially-settled margin contracts, with plans to later diversify into physically-delivered products pending regulation. The margin model improves capital efficiency.
- The launch is supported by various crypto and traditional finance firms. CBOE says it will foster liquidity and hedging opportunities, representing critical growth for crypto markets.
The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) recently announced plans to introduce trading and clearing of margin futures on Bitcoin starting January 11, 2024. This positions CBOE as the first U.S. regulated cryptocurrency exchange and clearinghouse to offer both spot and leveraged derivatives trading on one platform.
Details on Margin Futures Product
Initially, CBOE will offer financially-settled margin contracts on Bitcoin. The company plans to later diversify into physically-delivered products, pending regulatory approval. The margin model allows customers to trade futures without needing to post full collateral upfront, improving capital efficiency.
Unified Trading Platform
CBOE’s unified spot and derivatives platform aims to streamline customer access to both markets. This could unlock opportunities for increased capital and operational efficiencies.
The margin futures launch is supported by various crypto and traditional finance firms, including B2C2, BlockFills, CQG, Cumberland, DRW, Jump Trading Group, Marex, StoneX Financial, Talos, tastytrade, Trading Technologies, and Wedbush.
CBOE President’s Comments
John Palmer, President of CBOE Digital, expressed gratitude for the industry support. He said futures will foster additional liquidity and hedging opportunities in crypto, representing a critical step in the market’s growth.
Margin requirements for the new futures will be published daily on CBOE’s website, along with standardized SPAN-compatible risk files for replicable margin calculations.
The introduction of Bitcoin margin futures aligns with CBOE’s goal of building trusted and transparent crypto markets. It also marks a milestone for regulated cryptocurrency derivatives in the U.S.