Welcome to our crypto derivative series. This article will guide you to walk through the history of crypto derivatives.
- The Crypto market is much more volatile than the traditional market, which creates a massive demand for derivatives to hedge the risk, speculate, and leverage.
- The first bitcoin futures platform emerged in 2011 but didn’t attract much market attention. BitMEX joined in 2014 to foster bitcoin derivatives market and invented perpetual swaps in 2016.
- CBOE and CME offered bitcoin derivatives in December 2017, since then crypto derivatives can be traded in regulated exchanges. However, severe selloffs followed, and the crypto market cooled down.
- 2019 is a big year for crypto derivatives. Many famous derivatives exchanges were launched. Even some big names of spot exchange joined to offer crypto derivatives for investors.
- Crypto market attracted more and more retail and institutional investors in 2020 during the pandemic. The bitcoin price soared to sky high, and demand for derivatives surged accordingly.
- Thanks to the development of DeFi, Ether derivatives have become much more popular recently.
- As more regulations are carried out in Europe and the US, many crypto derivative platforms relocate, and Asia becomes the new center.
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