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CME Group to launch ETH options ahead of Merge

CME Group to launch ETH options

Chicago-based derivatives exchange Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, popularly known as CME Group, plans to launch options on trading for its Ether (ETH) futures products shortly. The news was announced yesterday, ahead of the much-anticipated merge upgrade of the Ethereum network.

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The CME Group said it intends to launch options contracts for its Ether futures, with a contract size of 50 ETH, subject to regulatory approval. The new offering will add to CME’s existing crypto products, including bitcoin, ether futures, and bitcoin options. The world’s largest derivatives exchange will launch the ETH futures options on 12 September, just a few days ahead of the merge date scheduled for 15 September.

What are futures contracts?

Futures contracts in the derivatives world imply that an investor must buy or sell the underlying asset at a specific price within a specified time frame. These Ethereum options contracts would enable investors to bet on the future price of Ethereum and cash out at any time before the contract expires.

Timing it right

The merge is the most anticipated event in Ethereum’s history. Post merge, Ethereum will upgrade to ETH 2.0, which will move the world’s second-largest crypto from a proof-of-work consensus mechanism to a proof-of-stake one. The news of the merge has hyped up the price of Ethereum and other altcoins. Moreover, CME Group reported an increase in trading volumes and open interest for ETH futures.

FAQs

What is the ETH futures contract?

An ETH futures contract is a financial derivative that allows traders to speculate on the future price of Ethereum without owning the underlying asset. It involves an agreement to buy or sell Ethereum at a predetermined price on a specified future date.

What is the symbol for Ethereum futures?

The symbol for Ethereum futures varies depending on the trading platform. On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), for example, the symbol for Ethereum futures is “ETH1!”

What are the Nano Ether futures?

Nano Ether futures are a type of futures contract introduced by Coinbase, offering smaller contract sizes compared to traditional futures contracts. They enable retail traders to participate in Ethereum futures trading with reduced risk and capital requirements.

What will Ether crypto be worth in 2030?

Predicting the exact value of Ether (ETH) in 2030 is speculative and subject to various factors such as market demand, technological advancements, regulatory changes, and macroeconomic conditions. Analysts and experts provide diverse projections, but there is no definitive answer to its future value.

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