Bitcoin Futures to Launch Dec. 18

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These two firms are being allowed to do this after completing the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's self-certification process.

Chicago derivatives exchange operator CME Group has announced that it has self-certified the initial listing of its bitcoin futures contract to launch on December 18.

Bitcoin futures will start trading on December 18 through CME Group Inc.'s contract.

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The virtual currency, which had been trading at around $10,150 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange before the news, jumped to as high as $10,513 in the 20 minutes that followed, leaving it up more than 5 percent on the day.

The launch date of CBOE's bitcoin futures, which will trade under the ticker symbol XB, will be announced shortly.

CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo warned investors, however, that the nascent underlying bitcoin cash markets remained largely unregulated and mostly beyond the commission's purview.

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Nasdaq has also had interests and plans to launch its own bitcoin futures on its New York-based exchange, but according to sources familiar with the matter, Nasdaq is not expecting to launch them until mid year 2018.

A federal regulator gave the go ahead on Friday to the CME Group to start trading bitcoin futures later this month, the first time the digital currency will be traded on a Wall Street exchange and subject to federal oversight.

In order to regulate trading, all three exchanges and the Commission will be heavily regulating trading, as well providing the Commission with additional surveillance information regarding the futures.

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"Though we have worked through a lengthy, comprehensive process with the CFTC to get to this point, we recognize bitcoin is a new, uncharted market that will continue to evolve, requiring continued collaboration with the Commission and our clients going forward".

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