Options on Bitcoin Futures

Coming January 13, 2020

In response to growing interest in cryptocurrencies and customer demand for tools to manage bitcoin exposure, CME Group will launch options on Bitcoin futures (BTC) on January 13, 2020:*

  • Value based on the regulated, robust CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR), which is calculated daily using trade flow from major bitcoin exchanges and trading platforms
  • Settles into actively traded CME Bitcoin futures (BTC)
  • Offers BTC traders potential to save on margins, through margin offsets
  • Mitigates risk of counterparty default through central clearing
  • Expands your choices for managing risk and building strategies — see how options on futures can help you achieve different investment outcomes

*Pending regulatory approval

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Preliminary Contract Specifications

Contract Unit:

1 Bitcoin Futures contract (which represents 5 bitcoin)

Price Quotation

U.S. dollars per one bitcoin

Minimum Price Fluctuation

Regular Tick: 5 index points ($25.00) for premium > 25 index points
Reduced Tick: 1 index point ($5.00) for premium at or below 25 index points

Trading Hours

CME Globex and CME ClearPort: 5:00pm to 4:00pm CT Sunday-Friday

Product Code

BTC

Listing Cycle

The listing cycle will mirror that of the BTC futures. Subject to review and revision

Exercise procedure

European style (with no contrarian instructions)

Termination of Trading Last Day of Trading is the last Friday of contract month.
Trading in expiring futures terminates at 4:00 p.m. London time on Last Day of Trading.
Block Minimum 5 contracts
Settlement at Expiration Option exercise results in a position in the underlying cash-settled futures contract. In-the-money options are automatically exercised into expiring cash-settled futures, which settle to the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR) at 4:00 p.m. London time on the last Friday of the contract month.
Strike Interval 10,000 index point integer multiples:  0% to 600% of the prior day’s settlement price on the underlying future contract or prior day’s underlying index reference price upon initial listing of the future.
 
1,000 index point integer multiples:  0% to 400% of the prior day’s settlement price on the underlying future contract or prior day’s underlying index reference price upon initial listing of the future.
 
500 index point integer multiples:  50% to 150% of the prior day’s settlement price on the underlying future contract once the underlying future becomes the second nearest month
 
100 index point integer multiples:  80% to 110% of the prior day’s settlement price on the underlying future contract once the underlying future becomes the second nearest month
 
50 index point integer multiples:  80% to 110% of the prior day’s settlement price on the underlying future contract once the underlying future becomes the second nearest month and the underlying future contract price is below 5,000 index points

Pending regulatory review

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