16 May

According to reports from the Financial Times, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) is considering launching Bitcoin trading services to tap into the growing demand for Bitcoin among Wall Street fund managers. The CME has reportedly engaged in discussions with cryptocurrency traders regarding the establishment of a regulated marketplace for Bitcoin transactions.

While the plans are still in progress and not yet finalized, the potential move by the CME indicates a continued trend of major Wall Street players entering the cryptocurrency space. This development comes on the heels of the Securities and Exchange Commission's approval in January for Spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

As per the Financial Times, the CME intends to offer its prospective spot Bitcoin trading services through EBS, a Swiss currency trading platform known for its stringent regulations concerning crypto asset trading and custody.

Spot Trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Drives "Basis Trades"

The FT reports that the CME's current Bitcoin futures offers would be enhanced with spot Bitcoin trading, allowing investors to more easily execute "basis trades."

Basis trades entail taking out loans in order to purchase the underlying Bitcoin and sell futures contracts, with the goal of making money off of the slight price differential. In the US Treasury market, this tactic is already widely used, with a large amount of trading taking place on CME systems.

Institutions Plunge In as CME Overthrows Binance

Over time, CME has overtaken Binance as the top Bitcoin futures market globally. This increase is indicative of a fresh wave of interest from institutional investors looking to profit from the volatility of Bitcoin.

According to a study conducted by Bitwise Asset Management in 2020, the CME Bitcoin futures market consistently surpasses the spot market in terms of performance.

In an effort to enhance transparency and confidence in cryptocurrency trading, CME Group has partnered with CF Benchmarks. Through this collaboration, they have created standardized reference rates and spot price indices for commonly traded cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether. This joint effort aims to offer a transparent and dependable representation of cryptocurrency valuations.

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