As per the market report, the demand for Bitcoin futures has slowed down significantly ever since the debut of the spot Bitcoin ETFs earlier this year in January 2024. This is an early indication of how ETFs can affect other bitcoin investment products in the market.
CME Group Bitcoin Futures Open Interest Drops
Following the introduction of 10 spot Bitcoin ETFs three weeks ago, outstanding contracts, or open interest, for CME Group Bitcoin futures witnessed a notable 24% decline, dropping to 20,679 by January 30. Bloomberg’s compiled data reveals that open interest had previously reached a record high, driven by Bitcoin’s remarkable 157% surge last year, primarily in anticipation of the ETF launches.
CME derivatives had gained popularity as they provided a regulated platform for Bitcoin exposure. However, with the availability of spot ETFs serving a similar purpose, the open interest in CME Bitcoin futures has experienced a decrease. The futures contracts were also actively involved in arbitrage strategies related to the $21 billion Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), but crypto asset manager DACM suggests that this particular trade has run its course.
Vetle Lunde, a senior analyst at K33 Research, notes that while there might be a reduction in activity in CME Bitcoin futures due to investors shifting to US ETFs and Bitcoin’s cooling rally, these futures contracts remain crucial, highly liquid components of the crypto market. Lunde emphasizes their potential role as hedging tools for authorized participants involved in managing the creation and redemption of ETF units.
CME and cryptocurrency exchange Binance stand out as leading platforms for Bitcoin futures. Recent data from Coinglass suggests that the decline in CME open interest is a significant factor contributing to the overall reduction in Bitcoin futures activity.
Bitcoin ETFs In High Demand
The introduction of spot Bitcoin ETFs on January 11, featuring prominent offerings from financial giants like BlackRock Inc. and Fidelity Investments, has initiated a significant reshaping of the market landscape. Additionally, the well-established Grayscale fund, with the largest Bitcoin portfolio, transitioned to an ETF format after previously existing as a closed-end fund.
Shares in the Grayscale vehicle experienced a shift, moving to a discount concerning the portfolio’s underlying Bitcoin holdings. This phenomenon marks a departure from early 2021 when the product was structured as a closed-end fund. ETF units typically closely track net asset value (NAV), prompting speculators to anticipate the disappearance of the trust’s discount, which has indeed materialized.
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