German Derivatives Exchange Rumored to Be Launching Crypto Futures
Eurex Expected to Launch Crypto Futures Contracts
Deutsche Börse-operated Eurex has reportedly become the latest major financial institution to be on the cusp of launching crypto asset derivative products.
Citing “several people familiar with” the company’s plans, media has reported that the exchange has been meeting with market makers regarding the cryptocurrency futures, with Eurex planning to launch contracts for BTC, ETH, and XRP.
The exchange is believed to have been considering introducing cryptocurrency futures since 2018, with a spokesperson for Deutsche Börse stating: “We are thinking about futures, with which private investors and institutional investors can protect existing investments in bitcoin or set for falling prices of the cyber currency” in an interview during Dec. 2017.
Deutsche Börse Expands Crypto Asset Endeavors
The rumored Eurex futures contracts come almost six months after Deutsche Börse announced that it had established a division dedicated to crypto assets and distributed ledger technology (DLT).
The “DLT, Crypto Assets and New Market Structures” division was headed by Jens Hachmeister, who has led the company’s blockchain initiatives since April 2018. Hachmeister was tasked with overseeing a team of 24.
Detailing the reasons behind the company’s decision to set up the division, Hachmeister stated: “Deutsche Börse has been active with the technology in a first phase of ideation and exploration … However, these explorative steps have not been coordinated on a group-wide level. In order to use the full potential of the technology for our businesses, to generate efficiencies and create revenues, a centrally steered approach is necessary.”