Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) on Thursday announced the upcoming listing of Bakkt’s cash-settled Bitcoin futures contracts on ICE Futures Singapore.
The contracts will be settled in US dollars and cleared by ICE Clear Singapore. Both ICE Futures Singapore and ICE Clear Singapore are regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
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Commenting on the development, Lucas Schmeddes, president and COO of ICE Futures and Clear Singapore, said: “Our new cash-settled futures contract will offer investors in Asia and around the world a convenient, capital-efficient way to gain or hedge exposure in bitcoin markets.”
The cash-settled contracts will be settled against data from the physically delivered Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Monthly Futures contract.
“Building off the success of our deliverable futures contract, the cash-settled futures will leverage ICE’s regulated, globally-accessible market to offer a safe, secure and compliant environment for the trading of bitcoin,” Schmeddes added.
The contracts will be listed on the platform on December 9.
The rising market of crypto derivatives
The ICE subsidiary launched its much anticipated physically-settled Bitcoin futures in September after getting a green light from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the United States.
Though the instruments had a rough start, its demand ballooned suddenly late last month.
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With the rising demand for crypto derivative products, Bakkt is also set to bring Bitcoin options on the market this month. Its direct competitor in the US market, CME Group, is also planning to bring Bitcoin options in January next year.