Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Officially Confirms Its Forthcoming Launch Of Cash-Settled Bitcoin F
$BTC ICE Officially Confirms Dec. 9 Launch of Cash-Settled Bitcoin Futures https://t.co/PvCoNge29i pic.twitter.com/NbySy6i3yM — BitcoinProfits (@profits_bitcoin) November 22, 2019
On November 22, it has been reported that ICE, the operator of 23 leading global exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange, revealed that the contract will be listed on ICE Futures Singapore as of December 9.
Bakkt to launch cash-settled bitcoin futures next month. ICE Futures Singapore, will list Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Cash Settled Monthly Futures contract, while ICE Clear Singapore will clear it, both regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. https://t.co/0HxqgXi5sb — The Darkness (@tonightwithBRAD) November 22, 2019
The announcement formally confirms that the details leaked to the press by insider sources, specifically that the contract will be cleared by ICE Clear Singapore and has sealed approval from the city state’s de facto central bank and financial regulator, the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
However, as ICE outlines, the new Bakkt Bitcoin Cash Settled Monthly Futures will be settled against data from its existing physically delivered Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Monthly Futures contract, a pioneering product that was the first to give futures traders direct exposure to the underlying cryptocurrency.
Likewise, ICE Singapore has published details of the contract specifications and proposed rule changes and invited parties to submit comments on these by November 29.
While Bakkt’s physically-delivered contract was almost unanimously hailed by the cryptocurrency community and industry as a milestone, social media responses to Adam White’s retweet of ICE’s confirmation have been more ambivalent.
The first cash settled #bitcoin futures contract with a settlement price exclusively from a regulated market coming Dec 9th via @ICE_Markets and @Bakkt Details here: https://t.co/cqaOI9606f — Adam White (@WhiteAdamL) November 22, 2019
Thus, Cash-settled Bitcoin futures, which have been trading since December 2017 on both CME and CBOE, have consistently drawn suspicion, with some contending that Bitcoin’s price is vulnerable to manipulation in advance of contract settlements.