The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) reported record daily trading volume of bitcoin futures in 2019, indicating a renewed interest in the first cryptocurrency from investors, according to Forbes.
As CME Group Managing Director Tim McCourt noted, the activity of traders has increased significantly compared to August last year.
“Since the beginning of the year, an average of 7,237 bitcoin futures contracts have been signed daily, up 132% on the same period last year,” he said.
The average daily trading volumes of bitcoin futures at the same time amounted to $370 million.
“This is a great time for both bitcoin futures and cryptocurrency assets in general. Investor interest in cryptocurrency is high, and interest in the wider use of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology is also growing. It will be interesting to see how this new market will continue to grow,” McCourt said.
According to him, the CME Group’s main focus is on the educational aspect and providing customers with the tools that they may need to make informed strategic decisions.
Returning to the figures, Tim McCourt recalled that May 2019 was the most successful month for the bitcoin futures market on the CME in the history of the instrument. At that time, an average of 13,600 contracts per day was awarded, which corresponded to a nominal amount of $515 million or 68,000 BTC.
The absolute record was recorded on May 13, when 33,677 contracts totaling 168,000 BTC ($1.3 billion) were signed.
“Our role is to help market participants manage risk regardless of whether the price of bitcoin goes up or down. At the moment, CME Group is pleased with the growth of bitcoin futures,” McCourt added.
Recall, in September it is expected to launch trading bitcoin futures on the Bakkt platform, contracts for which, unlike CME, will be with the physical supply of the asset.