The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) is launching a Micro Bitcoin futures contract on May 3, pending approval from regulators.
This will expand its current futures offering, where each contract is made up of 5 Bitcoin ($295,000). In contrast, the contracts for the new Micro Bitcoin futures will be 0.1 Bitcoin each ($5,900), according to a release today.The Bitcoin market is very volatile. Image: Shutterstock.
These micro Bitcoin futures will be far more accessible to smaller traders and offer a wider variety of use-cases, including hedging trades or executing certain trading strategies.
Tim McCourt, CME Group global head of equity index and alternative investment products, said that the product is being introduced because of increased demand for smaller contracts from a range of clients.
The CME recently introduced Ethereum futures into its lineup, which have seen an average of 38,400 Ethereum traded daily ($70 million). That pales in comparison to its main Bitcoin futures, which have seen an average of 69,000 Bitcoin traded daily—worth $4 billion.