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Bitcoin Bloodbaths Most In 4 Years As Stocks, Bond Yields, & Bullion Bounce

It was quite a week… Dow, S&P up 5th week in a row VIX up Long Bond's worst week since the election HY Bond down 4th week in a row Bitcoin's worst week since Dec 2013 Gold's best week in 2 months Copper's best 2 weeks since election But cryptocurrencies made all the headlines this […]


Global Stocks Rise To Record Highs As Tax Reform Is “Priced In” All Over Again

Yesterday we joked that with the US House of Representatives set to vote for the GOP tax bill on Tuesday, markets would “price in” the same tax legislation they have been pricing in every day for the past year, all over again… Get ready for US markets to price in tax reform all over again […]


Nasdaq Tops 7,000 For First Time Ever As VIX Crashes

Having passed 6,000 for the first time in April, Nasdaq has now soared 17% since then to surpass 7,000 today…   As soon as cash markets closed last Friday (quad witch), US equity futures spiked… then spiked again on Sunday night’s open, and again at the US equity cash open this morning…   And VIX […]


Global Stocks Roar To Record Highs As Tax Reform Is “Priced In” All Over Again

Global stocks and US equity futures roared upward to new record highs to start the second-to-last week of the year, boosted by optimism over a Republican agreement on the shape of U.S. tax cuts aimed at lifting growth; incidentally this is the 6th consecutive day that the “tax bill” has been priced in by the […]


Bitcoin Futures Crash Over $2000 From Open, Converge To Bitcoin Spot

Update: Bitcoin and Bitcoin Futures have collapsed since the futures opened… Dropping over $2200 to converge with spot… *  *  * Both CME and CBOE Bitcoin Futures contracts opened above $20,000 this evening (with Bitcoin spot hovering around $19,000). However, as soon as trading started, Bitcoin futures got hammered lower.   Those expecting a surge […]


Bitcoin Futures Open Above $20,000… Then Dump

Both CME and CBOE Bitcoin Futures contracts opened above $20,000 this evening (with Bitcoin spot hovering around $19,000). However, as soon as trading started, Bitcoin futures got hammered lower.   Those expecting a surge in futs volumes on the CME vs the CBOE will be disappointed: CME Bitcoin futures volume 150 ???? — Lee Saks […]


All You Need To Know About Today’s CME Bitcoin Futures Contract Launch

Following last week's 'successful' launch of Cboe Bitcoin futures, CME will begin trading of their own 'more institutional' Bitcoin futures contract today. Here are some of the differences between the products to be offered by the exchange operators. CONTRACT UNIT The Cboe Bitcoin Futures Contract will use the ticker XBT and will equal one bitcoin. […]


Goldman Sets 100% Margin Requirement On “Some” Bitcoin Futures trades

Goldman Sachs has become the latest brokerage to raise its margin requirements for clients who wish to trade the new bitcoin futures launched by the CBOE late Sunday, following in the footsteps of Interactive Brokers, which initially prohibited clients from taking a short position in the futures contracts and later demanded more than a double […]


China Regulators Complete Final ‘Drill’ In Preparation For Petro-Yuan Futures Trading

Amid all the chatter of Venezuela and Russia potentially creating oil-backed cryptocurrencies, the "huge news" of China's launch of the Petro-Yuan has fallen off the front page… until now. This week saw the Shanghai Futures Exchange complete its fifth yuan-back oil futures contract trading drill successfully… As Bloomberg reports, 149 members of Shanghai International Energy […]


BTCUSD Testing Daily Chart Upchannel Resistance

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Weekly/Daily Bitcoin (BTCUSD) was rejected yesterday at upchannel resistance (on the weekly and daily chart), and may see a few days of profittaking as hinted by the daily MACD histogram sliding down.  A stronger selloff could quickly coincide with the daily MACD negatively crossing.  Nevertheless, longer term bulls will take comfort in the […]


Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Testing Daily Chart Upchannel Resistance

Bitcoin (BTCUSD) Weekly/Daily Bitcoin (BTCUSD) was rejected yesterday at upchannel resistance (on the weekly and daily chart), and may see a few days of profittaking as hinted by the daily MACD histogram sliding down.  A stronger selloff could quickly coincide with the daily MACD negatively crossing.  Nevertheless, longer term bulls will take comfort in the […]


Bitcoin Bears Unleashed? Interactive Brokers Folds, Will Allow Clients To Short Futures

A week after Thomas Peterrfy, the founder, Chairman and CEO of Interactive Brokers and one of the 'giants' of electronic trading in US financial markets warned that: "the introduction of bitcoin futures into a clearing house could increase systemic risk." And just days after the firm said its "clients would be unable to short the […]


Finally, Gold Speculators Start To Bail, Setting Up A Big Q1 2018

  Finally, Gold Speculators Start To Bail, Setting Up A Big Q1 2018 Posted with permission and written by John Rubino, Dollar Collapse      It took a lot longer than it should have, but gold futures traders have finally started behaving “normally.” The speculators who were extremely, stubbornly long – and who are usually […]


US Futures Hit New All Time High Following Asian Shares Higher; European Stocks, Dollar Mixed

U.S. equity index futures pointed to early gains and fresh record highs, following Asian markets higher, as European shares were mixed and oil was little changed, although it is unclear if anyone noticed with bitcoin stealing the spotlight, after futures of the cryptocurrency began trading on Cboe Global Markets. In early trading, European stocks struggled […]


All You Need To Know About Today’s Bitcoin Futures Contract

CBOE Global Markets Inc and CME Group Inc will launch futures contracts on bitcoin on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 respectively. Here are some of the differences between the products to be offered by the exchange operators. CONTRACT UNIT The Cboe Bitcoin Futures Contract will use the ticker XBT and will equal one bitcoin. The […]