Bitcoin Futures Plan Criticized by Brokers for Overlooking Risks — Futures Industry Association alerts Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Sam Mamudi

  • Futures Industry Association writes critical letter to CFTC
  • Two major U.S. bourses will debut bitcoin contracts this month

Some of the world’s biggest derivatives brokerages criticized plans to offer bitcoin futures and options on U.S. exchanges, telling regulators that the contracts have been rushed to market without proper consideration of the risks.

The Futures Industry Association, whose members include Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc., detailed its concerns in a letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Wednesday. The association said there should have been more discussion about margin levels, trading limits, stress tests and clearing before the contracts were given a green light.

CME Group Inc. and Cboe Global Markets Inc. were the first bourses to approve bitcoin derivatives, paving the way for mainstream investors to participate in a volatile and largely unregulated market that some have called…

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