Coinbase Derivatives Set to Launch Futures Trading for Dogecoin, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash on April 1

Coinbase Derivatives Set to Launch Futures Trading for Dogecoin, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash on April 1

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In a move that signals increasing mainstream acceptance, Coinbase Derivatives is set to introduce futures trading for three prominent cryptocurrencies: Dogecoin, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash, beginning April 1.

Using self-certification with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Coinbase aims to swiftly list these futures contracts while ensuring compliance with regulatory standards. These cryptocurrencies, stemming from Bitcoin, which the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) acknowledges as a commodity, have been chosen for futures trading, leveraging their established status within the crypto market.

Dogecoin, initially conceived as a lighthearted meme, is now receiving serious attention as it joins the roster of tradable assets. Coinbase’s announcement to launch monthly cash-settled futures contracts for Dogecoin, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash was communicated to CFTC Secretary Christopher Kirkpatrick in separate letters dated March 7. The letters outlined key details such as contract sizes, settlement methods, and the utilization of a benchmark rate by Market Vector.

Coinbase’s decision to utilize the self-certification route under CFTC Regulation 40.2(a) underscores its commitment to regulatory compliance. This approach allows for the introduction of new offerings without direct CFTC approval, provided the products adhere to the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations.

The regulatory classification of these cryptocurrencies as commodities, rather than securities, raises intriguing questions within the industry. Bloomberg Intelligence ETF research analyst James Seyffart noted the significance of this development, particularly in distinguishing these assets as “commodities futures” rather than “securities futures.” Given their lineage from Bitcoin, arguing for their classification as securities would pose challenges, especially following the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs. Coinbase’s strategic selection of these cryptocurrencies for futures trading reflects a nuanced understanding of regulatory dynamics and market trends.

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