The Chicago Stock Exchange launched futures for Bitcoin


The long-awaited bitcoin futures came on the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) on the night of Sunday to Monday, Moscow time, which led to an immediate increase in the BTC / USD exchange rate. The CBOE site went offline almost immediately after the launch of the new tool.

CBOE futures contracts traded under the ticker XBT were launched at 6:00 pm on Sunday, North American Eastern Time. Within a few minutes, the bitcoin rate went up by almost $ 1,000. The maximum of the current session is $ 16,295, while the CBOE rate reached $ 16,660 and at the time of publication is at $ 16,300.

The market capitalization of bitcoin at the moment is $ 272 billion, the volume of trading exceeds $ 14 billion. The greater part of this volume is accounted for by the stock exchanges of South Korea. In the first place goes Bithumb with 17% or $ 2.4 billion. Bitfinex accounted for 12% or $ 1.6 billion.

The American GDAX got 6% or $ 850 million. Some users complained about interruptions in the work of Coinbase, whose daughter brand is GDAX, at the time of futures launch. However, the official announcement about this was not done by the company, and at the time of publication the service operates in the standard mode.

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