29 May

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is making a significant move into the cryptocurrency space by collaborating with CoinDesk Indices. This partnership will see the launch of cash-settled index options based on the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (XBX), the longest-running benchmark for spot Bitcoin prices.

Investor Demand Meets Established Expertise

This announcement comes amidst growing interest from both traditional institutions and individual investors in Bitcoin. The NYSE's vast experience in options trading is set to be combined with CoinDesk Indices' proven track record in the digital asset market. Their XBX index is already trusted by a staggering $20 billion in ETF assets under management.

Transparency and Risk Management

The new cash-settled options will offer investors a way to manage their Bitcoin price risk in a familiar and transparent manner. Unlike owning the underlying Bitcoin itself, these options provide a cash payout based on the difference between the agreed-upon strike price and the XBX index price at expiry.

Regulatory Hurdles Remain

While the collaboration is a positive step, regulatory approval is still needed before the specific product offerings can be launched. The NYSE and CoinDesk Indices are actively working with relevant authorities to ensure compliance.

Industry Leaders Discuss Convergence

This development underscores the ongoing convergence of traditional finance and the innovative world of crypto. NYSE President Lynn Martin and Tom Farley, CEO of Bullish (parent company of CoinDesk Indices), will be discussing this trend further at the Consensus 2024 conference.

About the Players

  • New York Stock Exchange (NYSE): A global leader in exchange technology with a rich history of innovation.
  • CoinDesk Indices: A subsidiary of Bullish, providing trusted and reliable indices for the digital asset market. Their XBX index is the industry standard for measuring Bitcoin spot prices.

The Future of Bitcoin Investment

This collaboration marks a significant step forward in offering new investment opportunities in the Bitcoin market. With regulatory approval, these cash-settled options have the potential to become a valuable tool for investors seeking exposure to Bitcoin while managing risk through established financial instruments.

About CoinDesk Indices

Since 2014, CoinDesk Indices has been at the forefront of the digital asset revolution, empowering investors globally. A subsidiary of Bullish, our indices form the foundation of the world's largest digital asset products. Known for their precision and compliance, flagships such as the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (XBX) and the CoinDesk 20 Index set the industry standard for measuring, trading, and investing in digital assets. With tens of billions of dollars in benchmarked assets, CoinDesk Indices is a trusted partner. 

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