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CBOE Bitcoin Futures (XBT) Begin Trading

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The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) launched Bitcoin futures trading on December 10, 2017.

Over 4000 contracts were traded on the first day, causing two temporary trading halts as a result of the high volume.

Bitcoin Futures increased by about as much as 26% over the course of the first trading day, while Bitcoin itself hit a new all-time high of $17,270 during the same trading session.

The Bitcoin futures contracts are identified by the ticker symbol XBT.

One Bitcoin futures Contract is for 1 Bitcoin (BTC).

Forty percent margin requirements allow for leveraged trading; roughly about $8,000 to $9,000 per contract.

Below is a chart showing the Bitcoin Futures trading activity for the first day of trading, next to a 5-minute chart of the underlying Bitcoin for the same trading day.

A Futures Market for Bitcoin will have a positive effect on the cryptocurrency market in general.

First, being an underlying asset for derivative financial products listed on reputable exchanges such as the CBOE, and soon to be listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), will serve to legitimize Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the eyes of those market participants that remain skeptical about the market.

Accessibility to the cryptocurrency market will be greatly enhanced to those institutions that are currently prohibited by government regulation from owning Bitcoin itself.

These institutions will now be able to participate in the Bitcoin market via Futures and other derivative products.

Furthermore, businesses that have avoided using Bitcoin as a form of payment for large-scale transactions that involved terms, due to the unpredictable volatility of the currency, will now be able to guarantee the value of a transaction using futures contracts to hedges against adverse market price movements, similar to the way businesses handle international transactions.

This will continue to create even more demand for Bitcoin.

Traders will now be able to hedge risk using trading strategies with combinations of Bitcoin Futures and positions of the underlying.

Being able to protect against downside risk in a Bitcoin market that is making unbelievable highs on unprecedented volatility, will ease trader’s concerns about the so called “Bubble” bursting, and Bitcoin losing all of its value overnight.

Consequently, traders will continue to enter the Bitcoin market at its highs, and the increased demand will continue to push Bitcoin even higher.

Long-term investors will also benefit from mitigating risk, and be able to create premium yielding investments using existing Bitcoin market positions that are in-the-money, along with short positions in the Futures.

We see this as the first step.

This should lead to futures contracts for other cryptocurrencies, and then eventually to Cryptocurrency Exchange Traded Funds (ETF).

We will be watching the Bitcoin Futures Market very closely.

We will be updating our subscribers as soon as we know more. For the latest updates on XBT, sign up below!

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

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The Bitcoin Revolution: Everything You Need To Know To Take Profits

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Bitcoin is soaring high in the cryptomarket once again, and experts are expecting a return of the bullish trend of 2017. The current Bitcoin price is $7,615 as of 23 May 6:56 AM UTC. This significant jump comes just six months after the Bitcoin price plummeted to a low of $3150 in December 2018. Since then, Bitcoin has experienced steady growth and gain in the market. However, in the last 30 days, the Bitcoin price peaked to $8,320.82, its highest price ever. This phenomenal jump occurred in a span of only 10 days breaking the Bitcoin record so far of significant gains made in short time frames. This positive growth has led to experts forecasting the Bitcoin price to hit the $20,000 mark by the end of this year.

Since entering the market almost 11 years ago, Bitcoin is still at the top of the global cryptocurrencies list. The current circulating supply of Bitcoin is at unbelievable 17,708,875 BTC. The market trend of the Bitcoin price has remained positive even when the currency did not maintain an uptrend. Cryptocurrency researchers believe that Bitcoin has the potential to grow up to a high of USD 50,000 within the next two years.

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3 Altcoins That Are Outperforming Bitcoin and Will Likely Face Consequences

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The crypto market is going through a period of massive recovery in the past few months, which has caused the investors’ optimism to return. While all eyes are on Bitcoin (BTC), as usual, the largest coin seems to be struggling with a major resistance level at $8,000 at the moment. While this level was breached a few times now, every breach resulted in a correction.

At the time of writing, BTC is approaching this level yet again, with its current price being at $7,985,79, and rising further. The price managed to grow by 1.06% in the last 24 hours, and will undoubtedly hit $8,000 in a matter of hours, if not sooner.

However, while Bitcoin continues to remain volatile and struggles with waves of growth and decline, there are some altcoins that are not following its path. Of course, most of them are performing in pretty much the same manner as BTC, as they always had. But, a few coins have actually managed to outperform Bitcoin in recent months.

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3 Cryptocurrencies Most Likely to Follow Bitcoin’s Performance

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For more than a year, the cryptocurrency market has been dominated by bearish influence, with most coins seeing constant drops, or stagnation, at best. This all changed in the past few months, starting with Bitcoin which once again started leading the market up, bringing one minor rally after another.

BTC itself experienced massive losses in 2018, with its price going down by around 84%. Most other coins among the top 10 mirrored its performance, and some of them experienced even greater losses. However, now that Bitcoin sees gains again, these cryptocurrencies are still following its example, and many of them have seen massive breakouts. Some of the more notable altcoins that followed Bitcoin’s recent example are Ethereum (ETH), Stellar (XLM), and Cardano (ADA).

Ethereum performance mirroring Bitcoin’s price

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