Bitcoin futures trading will play a key role in pushing the price of the cryptocurrency as high as $50,000 next year.
Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.CBOE), announced its intention to launch Bitcoin futures trading./p pThe price of Bitcoin rose more than 5% that day, from $6,122 to $6,447. And that was the start of a seven-week run, in which the Bitcoin price has tripled./p pimg class="aligncenter wp-image-586921 size-full" src="https://moneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/12/Bitcoin-futures-trading.png" alt="price of Bitcoin" width="480" height="338" srcset="https://moneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/12/Bitcoin-futures-trading.png 480w, a href="https://moneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/12/Bitcoin-futures-trading-300x211.png"moneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/12/Bitcoin-futures-trading-300×211.png/a 300w, a href="https://moneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/12/Bitcoin-futures-trading-75x53.png"moneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/12/Bitcoin-futures-trading-75×53.png/a 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 480px) 100vw, 480px” title=”price of Bitcoin” />
What’s interesting about this is that some Wall Street pundits predicted that futures trading would push the Bitcoin price down, since it would make it much easier for deep-pocketed players to short the cryptocurrency.
And yet, the opposite has happened…
Bitcoin Futures Trading Has Pushed the Price to All-Time Highs
Since Bitcoin futures trading began, the price has edged to new highs, rising as far as $19,783.21 on Dec. 17.
So far, more Bitcoin futures traders are betting long than short – surprising for a commodity that many Wall Street leaders, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon, consider a bubble.
Today (Wednesday), Bitcoin futures contracts were trading $300 to $700 above the spot price on CBOE and $500 to $1,000 higher on CME. The difference of 1.6% to 5.56% is unusually large for short-term futures, which typically trade within 1% of the spot price of the underlying commodity.
It suggests that investors were right in the months leading up to futures trading – it’s a positive for the Bitcoin price.
And it’s just getting started. Volume has been thin in the early days, but it is expected to pick up in the weeks and months ahead as the market evolves. Many traders have been eagerly awaiting this opportunity.
Institutional investors have been unable to trade Bitcoin in any form, because it’s unregulated. Futures trading on the CBOE and CME changes that.
“The demand for the asset remains highly elevated and the fact that you can now trade it on an exchange means it’s open to a wider audience,” Jordan Hiscott, chief trader at Ayondo Markets Ltd., told Express.co.uk.
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As the Bitcoin futures market matures, short trading should pick up, but it’s hard to envision it outpacing those betting on the cryptocurrency’s continuing rise.
That will keep upward pressure on the price of Bitcoin through most of next year.
But allowing heavyweights to take part in the Bitcoin market isn’t the only reason futures trading will boost the Bitcoin price in 2018.
Futures trading opens the door to something that arguably will have an even more dramatic impact on the price of Bitcoin…
This Will Power the Bitcoin Price to $50,000 in 2018
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