Record Bitcoin futures volume in May is leading mainstream media to determine that Bitcoin is becoming a mature financial asset class.
CME’s Half-Billion Dollar Bitcoin Market
As Blockchain investor Oliver Isaacs noted June 13, CME Group’s Bitcoin futures set new records for both volume and open interest last month.
A total of $515 million in notional value was traded, a surge of more than a third since April and 250 percent more year on year.
This, Reuters reported citing various crypto business’ performance, is further proof Bitcoin’s 2019 renaissance has transformed perceptions of a market which held little faith even six months ago.
The largest cryptocurrency is “growing up,” says the publication, quoting the record volume in CME Group’s BTC futures market.
“It’s logical they (institutional investors) would want to be moving in this direction, especially considering their size and how much more there is at stake,” Joel Kruger, currency strategist at LMAX Exchange Group added accompanying comments.
Tom Lee, co-founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors, was similarly buoyed by the futures data.
“This is very bullish as… the rise in (Bitcoin) futures volume reflects incremental institutional money,” he wrote on Twitter.
Time Is Right For Institutions And BTC
As Bitcoinist frequently noted in recent weeks, the Bitcoin network’s fundamental metrics are combining to give the impression the current price strengthening is more reliable than any previous bull run.
Optimists hope that the advances seen in April and May are the tip of an iceberg which researchers identify as a new phase in Bitcoin’s history – one that could even take it to supremacy over fiat competitors such as Visa and MasterCard.
For institutional investors wanting in on BTC, however, this year’s increasing entry was down to regulatory changes accompanying a price uptick, Sui Chung, head of cryptocurrency pricing products at Crypto Facilities said.
“This is the first time those stars have aligned,” he told Reuters.
Crypto Regulation Shake-Up Awaits
Yet the picture is not entirely rosy. As Bitcoinist reported, further upcoming regulatory hurdles could soon put the brakes on investor enthusiasm.
The dampener comes in the form of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which has pledged to publish its cryptocurrency recommendations for 200 countries later this month.
Criticized as ill thought out and even “absurd,” the guidance will aim to treat exchanges and associated businesses in an identical way to banks, despite the chalk-and-cheese differences between banking and Bitcoin transactions.
In an ironically timely move, CBOE, the first entity to offer Bitcoin futures trading in December 2017, will wind down its operations entirely when its last contracts expire in June.
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