UK-based cryptocurrency exchange platform Crypto Facilities has launched perpetual futures contracts on five cryptocurrencies. The platform is registered with the country’s Financial Conduct Authority and already offers fixed maturity futures on six trading pairs.
Crypto Facilities Launches Perpetual Futures
London-based exchange Crypto Facilities announced Friday the launch of perpetual futures on six trading pairs. Its platform specializes in cryptocurrency futures trading, currently supporting BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, and BCH. The company, which is registered with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), wrote:
We have just launched perpetual futures on XBT/USD…And world’s first perpetual BCH/USD, ETH/USD, XRP/USD, LTC/USD, and XRP/XBT contracts.
Traders on the exchange can “go long and short with 50x leverage,” and can “use bitcoin, ether, litecoin, XRP & bitcoin cash as collateral to trade 24/7,” the company added. The contract size is 1 USD for all trading pairs except XRP/XBT which is 1 XRP instead.
Two days after launch, on September 2, Crypto Facilities tweeted, “our XBT:USD perpetual contract now making up the majority of the traded volume on bitcoin-dollar futures on the platform.”
Earlier this year, Crypto Facilities partnered with CME Group to provide crypto pricing data to financial institutions, trading firms, and data vendors globally.
Trading Perpetual Futures
Perpetual futures are “non-expiring, which means that positions in the contract are never ‘expired’ or ‘matured’,” Crypto Facilities explains. “However there is a settlement process every four hours that applies funding to anchor the spot value to the index.”
According to Crypto Facilities:
This contract remains trading perpetually and would only expire in emergency situation if Crypto Facilities deems necessary to settle/expire contract…This would only occur in exigent circumstances if the Market Risk Committee deemed it necessary to facilitate a fair and orderly market.
Weekly, monthly, and quarterly fixed maturity contracts in the same six trading pairs are also offered on the Crypto Facilities trading platform. They expire at 4 p.m. London time every Friday.
Another crypto exchange, Bitmex, also offers XBT/USD and ETH/USD perpetual futures trading. Each XBT/USD perpetual futures contract at that exchange is worth 1 USD of BTC. Funding is paid and received every 8 hours. Bitmex also offers ETH/USD perpetual futures, with each contract “worth 0.001 mXBT per $1 price,” the exchange wrote.
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