Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE), a leading operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and provider of data and listings services, announced the launch of the Bakkt™ Bitcoin (USD) Cash Settled Monthly Futures contract. The new contract will be listed on ICE Futures Singapore and cleared by ICE Clear Singapore, which are regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Bakkt Bitcoin Cash Settled Monthly Futures will be settled against data from the physically delivered Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Monthly Futures contract, the first fully regulated futures market for digital assets.
“Our new cash settled futures contract will offer investors in Asia and around the world a convenient, capital efficient way to gain or hedge exposure in bitcoin markets,” said Lucas Schmeddes, President & COO of ICE Futures and Clear Singapore. “Building off the success of our deliverable futures contract, the cash settled futures will leverage ICE’s regulated, globally-accessible market to offer a safe, secure and compliant environment for the trading of bitcoin.”
Bakkt will also launch the first regulated options contract for bitcoin futures, traded at ICE Futures U.S.. Referencing the price of the physically delivered Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Monthly Futures, the contract offers a cost-efficient tool for hedging or gaining exposure to bitcoin without the need for physical delivery or reliance on the unregulated bitcoin spot market.
ICE Futures Singapore will list the contract on December 9, 2019.
About Intercontinental Exchange
Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE) is a Fortune 500 company formed in the year 2000 to modernize markets. ICE serves customers by operating the exchanges, clearing houses and information services they rely upon to invest, trade and manage risk across global financial and commodity markets. A leader in market data, ICE Data Services serves the information and connectivity needs across virtually all asset classes. As the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, the company is the premier venue for raising capital in the world, driving economic growth and transforming markets.