CME Bitcoin futures and options

Trading volume climbs in 2021

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With bitcoin prices rising sharply, market participants are continuing to turn to CME Bitcoin futures (BTC) and options to effectively manage risk against adverse market movements or to efficiently express their view.

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In January, a record 528 accounts were added, helping drive BTC average daily volume (ADV) to a monthly record of 17,549 contracts (87.7K equivalent bitcoin), up 63% YoY.

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Bitcoin futures trading highlights*

  • YTD Average Daily Open Interest (ADOI) reached 11,161 contracts (55,805 equivalent bitcoin), 2.2x 2020 ADOI.

  • YTD ADV reached 14,988 contracts (74,940 equivalent bitcoin), up 30% vs. 2020.

  • 7,400+ unique, active accounts have traded since launch. Of those, 733 were added in 2021, 2.3x more than in 2020.

  • The number of large open interest holders (LOIH) reached 89 YTD 2021, up 62% compared to 2020.

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