International derivatives marketplace CME Group announces that Micro Ether futures volume surpassed 500,000 contracts on January 24.
Tim McCourt, CME Group Global Head of Equity Index and Alternative Investment Products, commented:
“The arrival of micro-sized contracts for both Bitcoin and Ether futures in 2021 has taken our cryptocurrency product offering to the next level.
We’re pleased with the early adoption and rapid growth of Micro Ether futures since their launch on December 6. These contracts are providing one more way for both financial institutions and sophisticated, active retail traders to gain exposure to digital assets through our liquid and trusted cryptocurrency derivatives markets.”
Additionally, Micro Ether futures reached a new daily volume high of 51,450 contracts on January 24, with open interest of nearly 75,000 contracts.
CME Micro Ether futures are cash-settled, based on the CME CF Ether-Dollar Reference Rate, which serves as a once-a-day reference rate of the U.S. dollar price of Ether. Micro Ether futures are listed on and subject to the rules of CME. Sized at one-tenth of one Ether, Micro Ether futures provide an efficient, cost-effective way for a range of market participants – from institutions to sophisticated, active, individual traders – to hedge their spot Ether price risk or more nimbly execute Ether trading strategies, all while retaining the features and benefits of CME Group’s larger-sized Ether futures.