Amidst the price rally fever that is gripping the Bitcoin [BTC] spot market, contractual products are continuing to surge. A new report by Bitwise Asset Management, continuing from where their March report left off, attests to the growth of the Futures market, in consequence of the April rally.
On a month-on-month basis, Bitcoin Futures saw a massive bump in April trading at an average of 10,000 contracts daily, peaking on April 4, with over 22,000 contracts traded. To put that number in perspective, in March 2019, the average contracts traded was less than 4,000. Despite the high standards set in April, the average daily contracts traded in May, with 25 days gone has exceeded 14,000 and still looks to grow, given the price performance of Bitcoin.
Bitwise also contends the “critical importance,” of the “size” of the BTC futures market, as it is a key factor in the evaluation of the Bitcoin ETF, for which Bitwise is one of two key applicants.
Another key finding of the report, referencing their earlier report detailed the value of Bitcoin futures market to their spot equivalent in terms of “real volume.” The BTC futures market, in April, accounted for 48 percent of the spot market, in terms of “real” volume, and 2.43 percent when the “reported” volume was analyzed. The March report highlighted the futures market to be one-third of its “real “spot equivalent, hence there was a considerable jump to 48 percent noted.
Bitwise also tabled the BTC futures market against their spot competitors based on the individual average daily volumes [ADV] of the exchanges, for the month of April, in each category. On the basis of this assortment, the CME would take the top spot with $257.79 million ADV or 31.35 percent, followed by Binance, $217.6 million ADV or 26.46 percent and Bitfinex $78.16 million ADV or 9.5 percent. CBOE is the only other futures competitor at the 10th spot with $9.86 million ADV or 1.19 percent.
Furthermore, the report charted the “regulated” Bitcoin as a percentage of real Bitcoin spot volume on a month-on-month basis and saw a considerable spike in the past two months, as the price surged. Notably, for the first time since derivative products were launched in December 2017, the Futures market amassed over 50 percent in proportion to the spot market, in May 2018.
Back in March, when the first report was released, the Futures market was less than one-third of their competitor’s value, and grew substantially to over 45 percent in April as prices surged and Wall Street moved on their XBT. With CME, Grayscale and even the phasing-out CBOE seeing their volumes rise, the April push was compounded in May and the proportion rose above the half-way mark.
The SEC previously mentioned that one of the key factors behind the ETF approval was the performance of the BTC Futures market and its reaction to the Spot counterpart trading. Addressing this “requirement”, Bitwise concluded:
“The bitcoin futures market would clearly not satisfy that requirement if the bitcoin spot market were really trading $11 billion per day, but our new understanding of the true size of the bitcoin spot market reshapes this discussion considerably.”
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XRP TipBot comes back online after a tiny downtime; Nothing to be worried about, says Wietse Wind
XRP TipBot’s website and the corresponding application suffered a downtime on June 23, 2019 for a few hours, during which the application wasn’t showing the balance of users. The website and the API for TipBot instead, displayed a “500 Internal Error.”
A Twitter user, @BlueNETGaming, tweeted Wietse Wind, inquiring the same. Wind confirmed that it was just an “infrastructure blip,” and that there was nothing to be worried about.
Oops! Sorry! Infrastructure blip. Really easy fix but I enjoyed an offline afternoon with my girls 😇 So I only found out after some time, when I checked my phone. Monitoring, messages, calls 😇 Social media tips went through during the downtime. Sorry! 😆
— Wietse Wind (@WietseWind) June 23, 2019
XRP TipBot is probably the first and most widely accepted use-case of XRP. It leverages the transaction settling time of XRP Ledger to make tipping easy among peers on Twitter, Reddit, and other platforms, and this was the brainchild of developer Wietse Wind.
After TipBot, a lot of other cryptocurrencies have tried to mimic this idea of facilitating tipping; an example being Bitcoin’s, Tippin.Me which leveraged Lightning Network for tipping users. Although successful, it isn’t as popular as Wind’s TipBot.
The reason behind the same is that XRP Ledger allows transaction settlement in under 5 seconds, which makes tipping fast and efficient, unlike Bitcoin’s transactions which take a few minutes for transactions to be confirmed.
This is same reason why XRP is being used as a liquidity provider for cross-border payments in Ripple’s proprietary product, xRapid.
XRP community is a tightly-knit community with people who are very bullish about XRP’s success. There are equally talented developers in the community who are developing apps that help create more use-cases for XRP.
SchlaubiDev is one such developer known for developing plugins for Gmail and Microsoft Office, plugins that allow a user to send XRP over e-mails.
Ripple has identified Wind and his team’s talent and inducted them into Xpring, which finances them to help develop more community-based apps for increasing XRP use-cases.
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