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Institutionalization of bitcoin futures: speculation or opportunity for normalization?

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The scale of the crypto-currency phenomenon has finally led the US authorities to get involved: the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has given its blessing to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) to start listing bitcoin derivatives on December 10 and 18 respectively. The Tokyo Financial Exchange announced this week that it is considering the launch of bitcoin futures contracts.

The offering of bitcoin futures may have several positive consequences: improving the currency’s image, reducing volatility and providing hedging instruments, but the opportunity for professional investors to short bitcoin may affect the entire crypto-currency ecosystem.

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Ambra Moschini

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