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In what many see as the first true-life evaluation for Bitcoin’s price, one of the world’s largest future exchanges, CBOE, has propelled a Bitcoin futures concoction on Sunday.

The result, until now, is good for Bitcoin: The cost is at $16,939 according to CoinMarketCap, up approximately 23% in the last 24 hours. The market detonator of Bitcoin is currently $283 billion.

Shortly after propel, the exchange’s website went down under heavy traffic. According to CBOE, more than 800 Bitcoin futures contracts were transactions in the first two hours of trading.

The current price for Bitcoin futures is $18,630 for Jan. 17 expiry dates and $19,140 for Feb. 14 expiration date. Due to the speedy cost rise of the futures, selling was automatically halted several times thus far( this is called a circuit breaker and is a mechanism to tranquilize extreme volatility ).

After CBOE, Bitcoin futures are expected to launch at CME and Nasdaq on Dec. 18 and in January, respectively.

Futures, which causes investors suppose on the future toll of an asset, are often seen as a gauge of the asset’s future rate. The opening of Bitcoin futures on major U.S. exchanges is especially important as it lets large-scale investors( including institutional ones) to invest without actually buying Bitcoin.

So far, the outlook on Bitcoin appears to be positive. The cryptocurrency’s toll reached a high of more than $18,200 on Dec. 8 before retracting to a low-pitched of $13,349 on Sunday.

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