New Betting Game Allows People to Wager on BTC’s Next Block Fee

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Bitcoin core (BTC) prices have been rising sharply over the last few weeks and people have also noticed BTC transaction fees have spiked as well. Now there’s a new gaming site called Guess Bitcoinfees allowing people to bet on the 24-hour average transaction fee for the next day and the site pays out jackpots in…

CME’s Bitcoin Futures Hit New Records

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Ever since the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe) announced it was ending its bitcoin futures products back in March, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) has seen a huge influx of bitcoin derivatives volumes. During the second week of May, CME’s bitcoin futures touched a milestone when it surpassed 33,000 contracts ($1.3 billion notional value)…

Wall Street trades a significant portion of the market’s bitcoin futures

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Data shows that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s (CME) Bitcoin futures traded $563 million in volume on Apr. 4th while the top 10 crypto exchanges traded $685 million, suggesting Wall Street is now trading a significant portion of the BTC futures market. CME Sees Massive Increase in Bitcoin Futures Trading Volume Related: Chicago Board Options Exchange…

Nasdaq Reportedly Looking into Bitcoin Futures Despite Plunging Prices

Nasdaq Reportedly Looking into Bitcoin Futures Despite Plunging Prices

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The world’s second largest stock exchange, Nasdaq, is reportedly planning to introduce a Bitcoin futures market within the first quarter of 2019. The Bitcoin market has plunged by more than 80 percent across the spot markets, data from CryptoSlate has shown, but it hasn’t deterred the world second largest stock exchange from eyeing the lucrative…

CME Report: Bitcoin Futures Trading 41 Percent Up from Q3 2018

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The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), one of two major providers of Bitcoin Futures in the U.S., revealed trade volumes increased 41 percent in Q3 2018 with interest rates up by 19 percent. Booming Bitcoin Futures Market While the retail cryptocurrency market has taken a downturn in 2018, the institutional-focussed Bitcoin futures market seems to be…

U.S. Regulations Round-Up: CFTC Can’t Keep Pace with Crypto, Libertarian Candidate Accepts Bitcoin Donations

U.S. Regulations Round-Up: CFTC Can’t Keep Pace with Crypto, Libertarian Candidate Accepts Bitcoin Donations

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In recent regulatory news, the CFTC chairman has warned that the regulator is falling behind its international counterparts with regards to virtual currency and blockchain regulations; a U.S. Congressional bill is advocating the incorporation of cryptocurrencies into the regulatory mandate of FinCEN; and a candidate of the Wisconsin Libertarian Party is accepting donations in the…

Bitcoin Futures Daily Volume Grows 93%

Bitcoin Futures Daily Volume Grows 93%

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Bitcoin futures have experienced strong growth in the second quarter of 2018, with data released by CME Group demonstrating a 93% increase in average daily volume. Open interest in Bitcoin futures,— the number of Bitcoin futures contracts —has also exceeded 2,400, equating to a 58% increase over Q1 2018. Related:  DOJ Is Investigating Bitcoin Price Manipulation The…

CFTC Commissioner Says We Are Witnessing a ‘Revolution’, Cryptocurrencies Are a ‘Modern Miracle’

CFTC Commissioner Says We Are Witnessing a ‘Revolution’, Cryptocurrencies Are a ‘Modern Miracle’

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US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Commissioner Rostin Behnam labeled cryptocurrencies as a “modern miracle” at a recent summit, sharing a bullish stance on virtual currencies and predicting that blockchain technology will remake economic, social and political structures. US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Commissioner Rostin Behnam Behnam discussed cryptocurrencies at the June 4 BFI Summit “Fostering…