18,000 on its futures debut, a move seen as legitimising the currency. Bitcoin has begun trading on a major exchange for the first time. The nick colas bitcoin mining currency launched on the CBOE futures exchange in Chicago at 23:00 GMT Sunday, allowing investors to bet on whether Bitcoin prices will rise or fall. Bitcoin’s introduction to the CBOE has been seen by some as a step towards legitimising the currency.

The move is expected to be followed next week by a listing on the rival Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Bitcoin: Risky bubble, or the future? The contract is based on the price of Bitcoin as quoted on the Gemini exchange. The Gemini exchange was set up by the Winklevoss twins, who were early fans of the crypto-currency and who have been called the first Bitcoin billionaires.

A CBOE insider said its start was low key, with “no champagne”. Futures are contracts that allow investors to bet on the price of something at a future date. Investors can now bet on Bitcoin rising or falling in price without actually owning them. Futures are typically based on the price of a real commodity – such as oil. One of the controversial aspects of Bitcoin is that some do not see it as a “thing”. Although it is called a currency, it can be argued it is an asset, or commodity, without any actual use or real assessable value. Nick Colas, of Data Trek research, said the futures listings gave Bitcoin “legitimacy – it recognises that it’s an asset you can trade”.

Chris Ralph, chief investment officer at St James’s Place told the BBC’s Today programme that he remained cautious about the currency. I refuse to use the word legitimate, but it’s probably moved out of the shadows into the open,” he said. But what I think it means is more people in the conventional investment banking market will take a look at Bitcoin. It has been described as the asset class of 2017 but when we went into the year no one would have called it an asset class. Bitcoin futures will make it easier for more investors to buy the crypto-currency, by removing the need for them to set up a special digital Bitcoin wallet. Sceptics argue that the CBOE futures will simply draw more na├»ve investors into perpetuating a bubble in a financial asset that Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz has accused of having no intrinsic value beyond supporting money laundering and tax avoidance. And there is something else that anyone placing big bets on the futures market may want to think about.

The eventual payout on their futures contract depends on the auction price at the separate Gemini exchange of the Winklevoss brothers. Are they confident that the auction price cannot be manipulated, in the same way that Libor and regular currency derivatives have been in the recent past? However, the regulator has warned investors about the “potentially high level of volatility and risk in trading these contracts”. The Futures Industry Association, which includes some of the world’s biggest derivatives brokerages, has criticised the CFTC’s decision, arguing that insufficient attention has been paid to the risks involved. Bitcoin is not regulated by any country’s central bank and has no universally recognised exchange rate.

They kicked in twice in this first session. We are committed to continue to work closely with the CFTC to monitor trading and foster the growth of a transparent, liquid and fair Bitcoin futures market,” CBOE said. About 3,600 new Bitcoins are created each day, with about 16. 1″,”errormessage”:”Sorry, we are unable to load the comments at this time. Two parents are arrested after police find in their house 13 people who were allegedly held captive.

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