CFTC Green Lights Bitnomail to Offer Bitcoin Options, Futures

The futures contracts offered by the exchange will be physically delivered.

Bitnomail has become the latest cryptocurrency exchange to receive approval from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for offering Bitcoin futures and options.

Announced on Monday, the derivatives contracts will be margined and physically delivered, meaning traders will receive Bitcoins after the settlement of the contract.

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Though the launch date of derivatives trading is not set yet, the exchange will initiate user acceptance tests (UAT) for trading and delivery later this month.

“We are building the Bitcoin Product Complex, a suite of interrelated financial products, starting with quarterly Bitcoin futures, micro futures, and options,” Luke Hoersten, founder and CEO of the exchange, said.

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“Additionally, our products initially trade on 37% margin and are settled on-chain instead of book entry.”

Increasing institutional demand in crypto

Demand for Bitcoin derivatives is surging in the leading markets, but for the exchanges to enter the United States approvals need to be taken from the CFTC.

Earlier the US market regulator has permitted CME Group, Cboe, Bakkt, ErisX, and LedgerX to offer Bitcoin derivatives in the country. Notably, Cboe ended its Bitcoin contracts in early 2019, and demand for ErisX contracts remain dull.

Launched in 2015, Bitnomail raised $7.5 million last December and backed 12 venture capitals including Jump Capital, Coinbase Ventures, DV Chain, RRE Ventures, and Digital Currency Group.

“Bitcoin derivatives are a fast-growing segment of the crypto market but physically settled Bitcoin derivatives are still largely inaccessible to most US traders. Bitnomial Exchange enables US traders to gain bitcoin exposure in a safe, regulatory compliant, and capital efficient manner,” Jump Capital’s Peter Johnson said.

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