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CME Bitcoin Futures Daily Settlement Procedure

Normal Daily Settlement Procedure

CME Group staff determines the daily settlements for Bitcoin futures based on trading activity on CME Globex between 14:59:00 and 15:00:00 Central Time, the settlement period.

Tier 1: Trades on CME Globex 

All contract months settle to the volume-weighted average price (VWAP) of outright trades between 14:59:00 and 15:00:00 Central Time, the settlement period, rounded to the nearest tradable tick. If the VWAP is equidistant between two ticks it will be rounded towards the prior day settlement price.

Tier 2: CME Globex Market Data 

In the absence of trades during the settlement period, the contract month settles to the midpoint of the Bid/Ask between 14:59:00 and 15:00:00 Central Time, the settlement period.

Tier 3: Absence of Two Sided Markets

If there are no two-sided markets available during the settlement period in the Lead* month, then the settlement price will be the last trade price (or prior settle in the absence of a last trade price) adjusted to the Bid/Ask if one side is present.  Deferred months will settle to the net change of the previous month, adjusted to the Bid/Ask if one side is present.   

*The Lead month is the contract expected to be the most active.

Final Settlement Procedure

Delivery is by cash settlement by reference to the Final Settlement Price, equal to the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR) on the Last Day of Trading.


****Pending Regulatory Approval Effective August 16th, 2020****

CME Bitcoin Futures Daily Settlement Procedure

Normal Daily Settlement Procedure

CME Group staff determines the daily settlements for Bitcoin (BTC) futures based on trading activity on CME Globex between 14:59:00 and 15:00:00 Central Time (CT), the settlement period.


Tier 1:     Each contract month settles to its volume-weighted average price (VWAP) of all trades that occur between 14:59:00 and 15:00:00 CT, the settlement period, rounded to the nearest tradable tick. If the VWAP is exactly in the middle of two tradable ticks, then the settlement will be the tradable price that is closer to the contract’s prior day settlement price.


Tier 2:     If no trades occur on CME Globex between 14:59:00 and 15:00:00 CT, the settlement period, then the last trade (or the contract’s settlement price from the previous day in the absence of a last trade price) is used to determine whether to settle to the bid or the ask during this period.

a.     If the last trade price is outside of the bid/ask spread, then the contract month settles to the nearest bid or ask price.

b.     If the last trade price is within the bid/ask spread, or if a bid/ask spread is not available, then the contract month settles to the last trade price.


Tier 3:    In the absence of any trade activity or bid/ask in a given contract month during the current trading day, the daily settlement price will be determined by applying the net change from the preceding contract month to the given contract month’s prior daily settlement price.


Final Settlement Procedure

Delivery is by cash settlement by reference to the Final Settlement Price, equal to the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR) on the Last Day of Trading.


 

If you have any questions, please call the CME Global Command Center.


Note: In the event the aforementioned calculations described in this advisory cannot be made or if CME Group staff, in its sole discretion, determines that anomalous activity yields results that are not representative of the fair value of the contract, the staff may determine an alternative settlement price.