Institutional Investors Push CME Bitcoin Futures Open Interest Near-Record Highs
• CME Bitcoin Futures open interest has surged to near-record levels at 21%, which suggests increasing institutional participation in the BTC futures market.
• Bitcoin prices have been rallying since the start of the year and CME’s share of the total open interest in BTC futures currently sits at 21%.
• The rise in open interest in BTC futures on the CME exchange could indicate that institutional investors are entering the digital asset space.
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Bitcoin futures open interest has seen a dramatic surge to near-all time highs of 21%, a clear sign of increasing institutional participation in the BTC futures market.
This news comes as Bitcoin prices have been rallying since the start of the year, with the flagship cryptocurrency surging to over $23,000 over the weekend, a level not seen in more than four months. The digital asset is up by more than 35% YTD.
The increasing open interest in BTC futures on the CME exchange could be a sign that institutional investors are entering the digital asset space. This is supported by a recent report from Arcane Research, which noted that institutional participation in BTC futures has been increasing since the start of the year.
Furthermore, Bitcoin futures contracts have started trading at a premium to the spot market, the first time this has happened since the fall of FTX. CME’s share of the total open interest in BTC futures currently sits at 21%, which is higher than it has been since October and December 2021.
CME is one of the largest derivatives exchanges in the world that offers futures and options trading services in a wide range of industry segments, including stock market index, currency, real estate, commodities, and cryptocurrencies. Generally, a rise in crypto-related trading volumes on the platform suggests an influx of institutional investors into the digital asset space.
It is clear that CME’s January push has been backed by growing institutional participation in BTC futures, with the rise in open interest indicating that investors are buying heavily discounted GBTC and hedging through CME futures after Genesis disclosed that Gemini had sold 30.9 million GBTC shares during its bankruptcy filing.
It remains to be seen whether this trend will continue in the coming months, but it is clear that institutional investors are increasingly investing in Bitcoin, which is likely to be a major driver of the digital asset’s price in the future.