Bakkt, which has seen multiple delays over regulatory compliance since its original announcement in August 2018, will offer futures as the first in a series of offerings, full details of which remain unclear.
“On July 22, two days after Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary, Bakkt will initiate user acceptance testing for its bitcoin futures listed and traded at ICE Futures U.S. and cleared at ICE Clear US,” chief operating officer Adam White wrote in the blog post, adding:
“This is no small step. This launch will usher in a new standard for accessing crypto markets. Compared to other markets, institutional participation in crypto remains constrained due to limitations like market infrastructure and regulatory certainty.”
White compared the move to the first moon landing in 1969, echoing the hurdles the company has had to cross in order to provide the fully-regulated cryptocurrency products it wants to for institutional investors.
Unlike traditional platforms, Bakkt will settle its contracts in physical bitcoin, rather than fiat currency.