Yesterday I observeded that a significant issue for any investor in cryptocurrencies is their relative illiquidity.
Well, CBOE (Chicago Board Options Exchange), the world’s largest options exchange, is about to address this shortcoming. It recently announced that it intends to offer derivative trading in bitcoin before yearend.
–just by offering a derivative, CBOE will give legitimacy to bitcoin with traditional investors that it didn’t have before, even though CBOE likely has its eye mostly on trading commissions
–it wouldn’t be a surprise to find that the true price setting will occur in the options market rather than in that for the underlying bitcoin
–one of the first arbitrages that will likely occur is between options and the bitcoin etf, GBTC. The result will presumably be for the still-substantial premium of GBTC to its net asset value to erode
–presumably some form of ether will be the next cryptocurrency derivative on offer.