CME Group will launch its pioneering Bitcoin futures trading by mid-December, its CEO confirmed to the media Monday.
Speaking to CNBC as part of its Power Lunch segment, Terry Duffy hinted that the planned launch date was now “sometime in the second week” of next month.
The remarks appear to have taken the shakiness out of Bitcoin markets, which tumbled and rebounded over the past few days following significant challenges from rival chain Bitcoin Cash.
Bitcoin is currently trading above $6,500 as volatility recedes and futures trading is set to start within the next four weeks.
CME’s original announcement at the end of October brought about a surge in BTC which many assumed had a continued effect into as late as last week. Since then, market manipulation theories have surfaced involving both Bitcoin Cash and altcoin Tether.
Echoing the FX trader’s Chairman Emeritus Leo Melamed earlier this month, Duffy said he planned to offer a risk assessment arena for Wall Street institutional traders.
“I'm not trying to rein in the volatility of Bitcoin," he told CNBC.
“But what I want to do is give it a place for other people to lay out that risk. Today you cannot short Bitcoin. So there's only one way it can go.”
Melamed himself had said he planned to “regulate… make Bitcoin not wild, not wilder.”
BTC is currently circling around $6,500 as of press time Tuesday, having recovered from recent lows of $5,600 Nov. 12.