The second major financial instrument based on bitcoin is operating to trade on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
The CME Group, one of the nation's primary exchanges of options and options contracts ,opened up bitcoin futures for trading at 6 p.m. EST Sunday. The initial price for bitcoin futures was $20,650, and the crypto currency was trading at $20,135 at 6:08 p.m. EST.
The electronic currency has increased in popularity and worth this year while drawing challenges regarding its unpredictability.
The CME bitcoin futures and options, like the bitcoin futures that now trade on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, do not consist of tangible bitcoin. They will measure an index of bitcoin price. Each contract will be for 5 bitcoin.

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Bitcoin futures will make it easier for more investors to buy the crypto-currency, by removing the need for them to set up a special digital Bitcoin wallet.
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