CME Plans to Launch Micro-Sized Bitcoin and Ethereum Options – CoinCheckup Blog

CME Group, the world’s largest financial derivatives exchange, has announced it will be launching micro-sized Bitcoin and Ethereum options on March 28th, as long as they receive a green light from the regulators.

Key takeaways:

  • The news of micro-sized crypto options launching on the CME marketplace comes roughly four months after the company unveiled Micro Ethereum futures (MET). CME group first added the ability for traders to trade futures with more precision in May 2021 with the launch of Micro Bitcoin futures (MBT).
  • The new options offering will complement CME’s existing options Bitcoin products, which are sized at five BTC. Additionally, the new offering will be accessible to a broader range of traders who are looking to short or long crypto, as the new products will be sized at just 10% of their underlying assets.
  • In Tuesday’s press release, Global Head of Equity and FX Products at CME Group, Tim McCourt, noted more than 5 million METs and MBTs have collectively been traded in less than a year since their launch. The company hopes its success with micro-sized crypto futures will translate into strong demand for micro-sized options upon their launch in late March.
  • Both Bitcoin and Ethereum have been experiencing strong bullish momentum in light of rising geopolitical tensions. The world’s oldest crypto is up roughly 15% in the last week, while the price of ETH increased by 10%.


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