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    Bitcoin

    CME Group launches bitcoin options contracts

    The launch comes on the heels of rival exchange Bakkt’s launch of its own bitcoin options and cash-settled contracts in December.

    CME Group, one of the first regulated institutions to offer bitcoin futures, launched bitcoin options contracts today.

  • Bears may be sniffing around, but Fidelity Digital Assets is still bullish (via Marco Verch CC BY 2.0).
    Bitcoin

    Fidelity bringing bitcoin trading to Europe

    The $8 trillion discount brokerage has announced Chris Tyrer will expand its growing Fidelity Digital Assets custody and trading service into the U.K. and EU

    Fidelity is expanding its digital assets business into Europe. Former Barclays exec Chris Tyrer will head up Fidelity Digital Assets in the U.K. and EU.

  • LedgerX may have placed its founders "on administrative leave," but they're still listed as the company's leaders on its website (via LedgerX).
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    LedgerX founders Paul and Juthica Chou ousted after futures debacle

    Badly embarrassed by a bungled futures launch, the derivatives exchange removed its CEO and COO the same day rival Bakkt expanded its offerings

    On Dec. 9, LedgerX derivatives exchange CEO Paul Chou and his wife Juthica, the COO, were unceremoniously removed by the board of the company they founded. While no explanation was given, the company suffered a huge and embarrassing setback over the summer.

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    Bitfinex to launch bitcoin options

    The cryptocurrency exchange’s options will be settled in tether, the stablecoin issued by Bitfinex’s sister company; ICE and Bakkt also announced options, but settled in cash

    Bitfinex has announced plans to offer bitcoin options that will put it in direct competition with two major traditional exchange operators, Intercontinental Exchange and CME Group’s Bakkt. Both of those also announced enhanced bitcoin options choices over the past two days.