Options trading for Bitcoin ETFs may begin by the end of February; the SEC acknowledges proposals

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  • Bitcoin ETF options trading may begin by late February, pending SEC approval.
  • It could attract hedge funds and improve risk management for investors.
  • Regulatory challenges persist, and approval timing remains uncertain.


In a significant development for the cryptocurrency market, options trading for Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) could potentially commence as early as the end of February, as confirmed by an analyst. 

On January 19, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officially acknowledged the proposals put forth by Nasdaq and the Cboe to introduce options trading for Bitcoin ETFs. This move represents a crucial step in expanding the range of financial products available for cryptocurrency enthusiasts and investors.

Nasdaq and Cboe seek approval for Bitcoin ETF options trading

Nasdaq has requested a rule change to list and trade options on BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust, while the Cboe has applied for options trading on “exchange-traded products (ETPs) that hold Bitcoin.” Notably, the Cboe had recently launched six out of the ten Bitcoin ETFs approved by the SEC.

The introduction of Bitcoin ETFs marked a significant milestone for the cryptocurrency market, as they began trading on both the Nasdaq and Cboe on January 11, just one day after receiving approval from the SEC. 

According to Catherine Clay, Executive Vice President at Cboe, the exchange has witnessed “good inflows” into these ETFs, and they have closely tracked the price of Bitcoin as expected. Clay also emphasized that options trading represents the “next logical step” in the evolution of Bitcoin ETFs, providing additional utility and risk mitigation for investors.

Options trading: A game-changer for Bitcoin ETFs

As a derivative financial instrument, options grant the holder the right to buy or sell an asset at a predetermined price and time. Dave Nadig, an analyst at VettaFi, expressed his belief that introducing Bitcoin ETF options trading would attract a wider range of participants, including hedge fund players, who may not have previously engaged in crypto speculation. 

This development allows traditional financial market participants to participate in cryptocurrency investments.

Furthermore, Nasdaq highlighted in its filing that options trading would bring about “cost efficiencies and increased hedging strategies.” This suggests that options could enhance the risk management capabilities of Bitcoin ETFs, making them more attractive to a broader spectrum of investors.

Regulatory challenges and timeline

Despite the optimism surrounding the potential introduction of Bitcoin ETF options trading, regulatory hurdles remain. Cboe’s Catherine Clay revealed that the exchange recently filed for permission to list options and is awaiting regulatory approval. 

The process involves submissions to the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Given the regulatory complexity involved, the timeline for approval remains uncertain.

Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart commented on the speediness of Nasdaq’s announcement, suggesting that options trading approval could be granted as early as the end of February or around September 21 at the latest. These proposals are now open for public comment 21 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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