Bitcoin News: CME Opens, and Trading Tightens

The CME opened it’s futures contract today (BTCF8) that expires in January. The spreads are tightening up!

The CBOE’s contract, (XBT) spreads are down from around $100 to around $30 as I look at the price ladder around 3pm ET. The CME’s bid / offer spreads are around $45 for the larger contract. (5 Bitcoin vs. the CBOE’s 1 Bitcoin per contract.)

CME Price Ladder:

CBOE Price Ladder:

Over the weekend, the XBT traded at a high of $20,500 and the CME at $20,600. What do you see in this one minute chart? What I see is normal market behavior.

The futures market volume and liquidity is contrasted by BitMEX, a Hong Kong exchange with spreads under $1.00 and huge volume. (Not available for US customers)

The price differentials taken at 2:46 ET are as follows:

BitMEX: 18,694
CBOE: 18,970
CME: 19,050

Is there edge in watching BitMEX and trading the regulated futures along with your trading system? This is worth exploring.

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