Bitcoin’s price surges to over $17,000 as the currency begins futures trading

Bitcoin's price surges to over $17,000 as the currency begins futures trading

Bitcoin’s price surges to over $17,000 as the currency begins futures trading

At 11 PM last night, Bitcoin launched on the CBOE (Chicago Board Options Exchange) futures exchange, with investors betting that the cryptocurrency will reach a value of $18,000 in January.

This show of confidence in the currency has caused the value of Bitcoin to reach over $17,300 at its peak today, with futures trading acting as a step towards legitimising the currency. Other financial experts are calling Bitcoin an economic bubble, with Paul Donovan, an analyst at UBS, stating that “Ignoring the bubble is the best course of action“.

Bitcoin’s launch on the CBOE futures market was made possible because of the approval of the US Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), with several organisations criticising the organisation decision due to the abnormally large risk that Bitcoin represents. The CFTC has warned investors that Bitcoin presents a “potentially high level of volatility and risk”. 

During this first day of trading, the CBOE has suspended the trading of Bitcoin twice due to prices fluctuating by over 10%. This reaction is part of the CBOE’ standard operating procedure to reduce wild fluctuations in price. 

  

 Bitcoin's price surges to over $17,000 as the currency begins futures trading

  

Today Bitcoin’s price remains unstable, presenting an opportunity for traders to gain or lose vast sums of money in today’s market. Many fear that it is only a matter of time before Bitcoin prices plunge, though like all systems bubbles it is unknown exactly if or when the bubble will burst. 

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