Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has launched a market simulation tool that allows newcomers to practice tradingbitcoin futures without risking any capital. The free tool has been added to the company’s ‘CME Institute Suite’.
CME Tweeted About the New Simulator on December 27th – Less Than Two Weeks After Launching Its Bitcoin Futures Markets
Earlier this week, CME posted on Twitter alerting followers that the company had launched its new bitcoin futures simulator. The simulator will offer new investors the opportunity to practice trading the bitcoin futuresmarkets without risking any capital losses, and will also allow more experienced traders to try out the company’s platform and experiment with new tradingstrategies in a risk-free environment.
The launch of the market simulation tool is likely designed to attract new participants in the bitcoinmarkets to CME in a bid to attain dominance in the bitcoin futures contracts-for-difference (CFD) markets.
On December 18th, CME Became the Second United States-Based Financial Market Company to Launch Bitcoin Futures
CME’s bitcoin futures launch followed that of CBOE – who launched their bitcoin futures contracts on December 10th. The new markets have also been exposed to traders using major retail brokerages – with TD Ameritrade allowing clients to tradeCBOE’s futures contracts, and Interactive Brokers recently announcing its intention to soon allowcustomers to trade CME’s futures contracts in addition to CBOE’s bitcoin CFDs. Interactive Brokers claimed that it handled over half of the trading volumeseen on CBOE’s launch day, despite the platform maintaining a margin requirement 150% larger than CBOE.
Despite the hype leading up to the launch of the bitcoin futuresmarket, volume has thus far been dwarfed by the scale of trade being conducted on leading cryptocurrencyexchanges. As of this writing, 1,078 contracts have been traded on CME, and 4,790 on CBOE.
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