Bitcoin futures prices fell this week after CME Group launched the world’s second Bitcoin futures contract on Monday.
In contrast to the market’s 20 percent growth after Cboe’s pioneering futures launched on Dec. 10th, Bitcoin prices are tracking sideways and dropped almost seven percent in the 12 hours before press time Tuesday.
Monday saw CME futures close at $19,100, 2.1 percent less than the debut price envisaged by the exchange.
Garrett See, chief executive of trader DV Chain told the WSJ:
“There was some fear ahead of the Cboe futures launch that Wall Street was going to come in and short Bitcoin, but we haven’t seen that.”
As Bitcoin’s latest growth spurt appears to take a break, correcting below $18,000, hungry investors are meanwhile prepared to buy shares in Grayscale’s Bitcoin Investment Trust at double the current market value.
As commentators note on Twitter Tuesday, GBTC is currently trading at an ‘implied’ Bitcoin price approaching $38,000.