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Coinbase Sets Eyes on Futures Trading for More Cryptos

Coinbase Sets Eyes on Futures Trading for More Cryptos

Coinbase, a top cryptocurrency exchange, is preparing for futures trading on Dogecoin, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash. This move was announced on March 7th and aims at extending trading options provided by Coinbase platform into new dimensions. A key innovation strategy that the exchange has adopted is self-certification process under which it plans to roll out these products with U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Futures Market Expansion

Expanding its derivatives offerings, Coinbase Derivatives intends to include cash-settled futures contracts for these select cryptocurrencies. This follows the exchange’s launch of successful future contracts for Ethereum, Bitcoin and crude oil as well. By leveraging the self-certification process, Coinbase hopes to have the Dogecoin futures contract available for trading by April 1, 2024. 

Moreover, the decision to include Dogecoin, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash is strategic. These cryptocurrencies share a common technical foundation with Bitcoin, which regulatory bodies now widely recognize as a commodity. This shared lineage may play a crucial role in how these futures products are received by both investors and regulators.

Reaction from the Market and Regulatory Implications

After this announcement was made by Coinbase, prices of these selected cryptos saw significant rises above overall market growth rates. Dogecoin led with 16.1 percent rise followed by Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin. This market response confirms how futures trading can potentially affect cryptocurrency valuations. 

This initiative has been acclaimed as a major move within industry circles. For instance, James Seyffart from Bloomberg noted that these future contracts have a potential to even challenge the existing regulatory frameworks. He added that SEC might be compelled to provide clearer definitions between securities and commodities. 

Coinbase’s expansion into Dogecoin, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash futures trading indicates growth in the field of cryptocurrency and ongoing conversation between exchanges and regulators as described here. The implications for investors are numerous through this development while it also leads way for further progress in cryptocurrency trading and regulation. 

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