The platform goes live on Sept. 23, and will first offer physical Bitcoin futures. Investors, who have been able to deposit funds since Sept. 6, will take delivery of payouts exclusively in BTC.
The remaining days to launch have so far been characterized by lackluster progress for Bitcoin markets, which dropped below $10,000 once again. Now recovering, BTC price could nonetheless shift considerably once more in the short term. Lee wrote:
“I am very positive on Bakkt and its ability to improve trust with institutions to crypto.”
Bitcoin price tanked before BTC futures rollover date
Responses generated a further theory about current Bitcoin price weakness, which centered Thursday’s changeover day for CME Group’s own Bitcoin futures.
As Cointelegraph reported, futures expiration and rollover dates have historically exerted pressure on Bitcoin markets.
September meanwhile also saw a quieter entry into futures by cryptocurrency exchange Binance. Launching last week, figures nonetheless revealed significant open interest of $150 million, even while the product was still trading in invite-only mode.
Open interest in CME’s futures dropped to a 4-month low at the same time, as Bitcoin price performance failed to excite.