Open interest for bitcoin futures traded on CME Group's exchange reached a record high of $976 million Monday amid a surge of institutional capital inflows to the leading cryptocurrency and its derivative markets.
- The previous record high of $948 million came shortly after another famed investor, Paul Tudor Jones, said he owns bitcoin and planned to take positions in bitcoin futures.
- So far in 2020, bitcoin has rallied 144%, according to Messari market data.
- Expanding on the growth craze in CME's bitcoin market, a spokesperson for the firm told CoinDesk, "The number of large open interest holders (LOIH) is once again at a record 102 holders and we are averaging 101 holders so far in November."
- CME's growth relative to other exchanges is "indicative of institutional investors wanting exposure to bitcoin," said Phillip Gradwell, chief economist for the blockchain surveillance software firm Chainalysis, in an email to CoinDesk. It also demonstrates "the increasing separation of fiat and pure crypto markets," he said.
Update (November 17, 21:08 UTC): This article has been updated with additional data from CME Group.
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