CME Group's bitcoin futures are drawing in more large traders than ever before

Quick Take

  • We refreshed our data from the CFTC Commitment of Traders Report through Feb 4th 2020
  • Notably, the total reportable traders (those that are trading +25BTC) hitting CME’s product on a weekly basis registered all time highs last month; while the concentration of total open interest among the top 4 largest long traders is now at all time lows (~20%, down more than 30% since May 2018)
  • The COT data suggests the product is reaching new incremental larger traders, specifically on the long side (concentration among those short is still high at +50%)
A look at CFTC regulated bitcoin derivatives data, with historical context of volumes relative to gold

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