Cboe Exchange Wants to Lower Its Bitcoin Futures Prices

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Nikhilesh De
Apr 24, 2018 at 05:00 UTC  |  Updated  Apr 24, 2018 at 12:02 UTC

The Cboe wants to change the way it prices bitcoin futures contracts, a move that comes just months after the exchange operator first debuted its inaugural cryptocurrency product.

In a newly published letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) dated April 17, CBOE Future Exchange (CFE) managing director Matthew McFarland announced a proposed rule amendment that would lower the minimum increment on its futures contracts from 10 points (worth $10) to 5 points (worth $5) sometime on or after May 1.

The move will have a "positive impact on the market in XBT futures," McFarland wrote.

The change would apply to single leg transactions, meaning those involving only one contract, and not spread trades, which require an investor to buy and sell two different contracts simultaneously. Spread trades currently have a minimum increment of 0.01 points ($0.01), according to the letter.

McFarland said the decision to make this change was supported by data the company collected since its futures contracts launched in December. He went on to write that "CFE intends to continue to evaluate its experience with the trading in XBT futures and may determine to make future changes relating to XBT futures in light of that experience."

McFarland continued:

"CFE believes that the impact of the amendment will be beneficial to the public and market participants."

Such comments coincide with the more positive outlook taken by the company's leadership in public dialogue on its cryptocurrency products. For example, last month, a senior executive for CBOE Global Markets argued that the market would support a bitcoin-based exchange traded fund (ETF) in a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

And while the company did not explicitly push for approval of an ETF, it did use data to bolster the argument that the market at-large could support such a move.

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