The owner of the New York Stock Exchange and some of the largest futures markets in bitcoin conference nyc world said he may regret not creating a futures contract based on bitcoin as competitors CME Group Inc. Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.
What are you searching for? Jeff Sprecher, chief executive officer of Intercontinental Exchange Inc. I don’t know what to make of cryptocurrencies. Cboe plans to start trading bitcoin futures on Dec. 10 while CME Group has set Dec.
18 as its start date. The moves may entice more professional traders and investors to join the cryptocurrency market by shifting transactions onto regulated exchanges. Bitcoin itself is currently bought and sold on platforms that are virtually unregulated, which has made some money managers uncomfortable with the market even as prices soar. Sprecher questioned the existence of natural sellers of bitcoin futures, or investors who short the contract. Much of the wealth in the bitcoin world has been amassed by data miners in China and algorithmic traders, he said.
He decided that may not be a good scenario for one of his exchanges. Still, he said that Intercontinental Exchange hasn’t necessarily missed an opportunity. He said it’s unwise to rush to market with a product whose underlying price is based on an index of bitcoin exchanges that aren’t transparent. Missing from that list is Gemini, one of the other large global exchanges, which struck a deal with Cboe for bitcoin pricing. Before it’s here, it’s on the Bloomberg Terminal. Have a confidential news tip?