Giant Derivatives Exchange, BitMEX, Planning to Launch New ETH/USD Futures Contract Settled in BTC

April 25, 2020 4:45 PM UTC

BitMEX, a major cryptocurrency exchange, has planned to launch a new Ether based futures contract for quite a while now. 

According to a report on April 24, the new ETH/USD contract will enable investors to speculate on the future price of ETH. BitMEX states:

“Traders post margin in XBT [Bitcoin], and earn or lose Bitcoin as the ETH/USD rate changes.”

BitMEX brand new ETH/USD futures contract will offer high leverage of up to 50x. Furthermore, The new futures contract is integrated with the Quanto feature of the BitMEX ETH/USD regular swap contract. This new contract will expire quarterly. ETHUSDM20, the initial contract, will end in June. 

BitMEX Working Hard to Remain Popular

The new derivative contract makes its entry at a time when the exchange is losing clients and trading volume. According to a report on April 2020, the Black Thursday event massively damaged BitMEX. Investors lost faith in the exchange after numerous bitcoin liquidations and constant latency problems. Some investors believe that BitMEX intentionally liquidated some positions.

BitMEX is hoping to retrieve some of its popularity by launching the new contract. 

We anticipate that our new ETHUSD Quanto futures contract product will be popular amongst BitMEX users from launch on May 5, and we’re encouraged by the positive reaction we’ve received from the market already, pre-launch.

States CEO spokesperson.

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