The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) is launching bitcoin options contracts through its subsidiary Bakkt.
"We’re committed to bringing trust and utility to digital assets and the options contract is an example of the many products we’re developing for regulated markets," she wrote. "The Bakkt Bitcoin Options contract will be based on the benchmark Bakkt Monthly Bitcoin Futures contract and represents another important step in developing this asset class for institutional investors, their customers and investors."
Notably, customers will have the choice of options contracts settled with cash, meaning customers receive the fiat equivalent to the contract’s value at expiration, or physically, meaning they receive the actual bitcoin.
When Bakkt launched its bitcoin futures contract a month ago, the company saw low trading volume. However, it appears to have picked up in recent days.
Bakkt is joining CME in launching options. The Chicago-based exchange announced it would launch bitcoin options on top of its futures contracts in the first quarter of 2020.
"The Exchange believes the new Program will incentivize additional liquidity and volume in the new Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Monthly Futures Contract," the letter states.
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