CME Group to Launch Spot Bitcoin Trading

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CME Group, the world’s leading futures exchange operator, is exploring the launch of spot trading for Bitcoin, according to a Financial Times report. 

This move would complement their existing Bitcoin futures product and cater to traders seeking a regulated platform for cryptocurrency transactions. 

The plan is still under discussion, but if implemented, it would provide Wall Street institutions with another avenue to enter the digital asset market.

Spot trading allows for immediate exchange of assets, unlike futures contracts with predetermined settlement dates. 

With Bitcoin spot trading, traders can directly buy or sell Bitcoin for cash (fiat) or other cryptocurrencies at the current market price. This is similar to what popular crypto exchanges like Coinbase and Binance already offer.

The introduction of spot trading would also unlock new trading strategies for Bitcoin. The report mentions “basis trades,” where investors capitalize on price discrepancies between futures contracts and the underlying asset’s spot price.

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