Bakkt’s bitcoin options saw zero volume last week

Quick Take

  • Bakkt has seen a subdued performance of its recently launched bitcoin options
  • An ICE spokesperson told The Block that Bakkt continues to see “strong” interest in both its bitcoin options and futures products
  • CME Group’s bitcoin options, on the other hand, continue to outperform rival Bakkt’s 
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Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)-owned Bakkt has seen a subdued performance of its recently launched bitcoin options.

Last week, i.e., January 20-24, Bakkt saw zero trading volumes, according to data available on the ICE website. The last traded day for the options was January 17, when 20 lots got traded.

However, according to data from Skew, Bakkt has seen no trading for its options in the last 10 days. This is because Skew has taken weekends as well into the picture; a more accurate way would be to look at trading days.


Bakkt rival CME Group, on the other hand, continues to see strong interest for its bitcoin options. CME traded 59 lots of the options last week as compared to zero of Bakkt, according to data from the group's website. 

"Strong” interest

An ICE spokesperson told The Block that Bakkt continues to see “strong” interest in both its bitcoin options and futures products.

“We continue to see strong interest in our growing base of customers in our bitcoin futures and options complex, which offers a broad range of choices for interacting with and hedging positions in digital assets,” the spokesperson said.

Bakkt launched bitcoin options on December 9, while CME Group rolled it out on January 13. On day one also, CME surpassed Bakkt’s reported volumes at $2.19 million versus the latter’s $1.15 million, as The Block reported earlier this month.

Tim McCourt, managing director at CME Group, told The Block at the time that he was satisfied with the first day of trading and that feedback from market participants was "great."


© 2021 The Block Crypto, Inc. All Rights Reserved. This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.

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