Coinbase plans Dogecoin, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash futures trading

Coinbase, a leading cryptocurrency exchange platform, has unveiled its plans to launch futures trading for Dogecoin, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash by April 1, 2024.

The introduction of these contracts signifies a significant step towards simplifying and streamlining transactions on the platform by aligning the trading of these three digital currencies.

This move underscores Coinbase’s determination to diversify its crypto offerings and cater to a broader base of cryptocurrency proponents.

As the anticipated launch date approaches, the firm will release more specifics regarding the new futures contracts and trading guidelines.

The new feature will be operational under “Coinbase Derivatives,” utilizing margin futures and monthly cash-settled models to present users a broader array of investment opportunities.

This effort will leverage the financial instruments’ inherent properties, thus enhancing the customer experience and reinforcing the company’s long-term market presence.

Expanding Coinbase’s futures trading offerings

A self-certification process compliant with Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Regulation 40.2(a) will be carried out, indicating that they don’t require direct endorsement from the CFTC but must meet the Commodity Exchange Act’s provisions and related regulations.

Settlement methods for these contracts will use a benchmark rate supplied by MarketVector to promote fairness and transparency for all parties involved.

The new venture features Dogecoin, reflecting its growing recognition as a significant digital currency beyond its meme-based genesis.

However, questions arose when Bloomberg analyst James Seyffart posited whether the SEC would classify these products as securities futures instead of commodities futures due to their nature as Bitcoin derivatives.

As the SEC treats Bitcoin as a commodity, these products’ classifications could potentially intersect with securities law.

The potential regulatory implications of this unresolved classification remain to be seen.

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