Opening Day Volume of CME Bitcoin Options Usurps Bakkt – January 15

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Current Bitcoin Price$8,775

Bitcoin price has gained a further 2.5% today, reaching highs just under the $8,900 mark.

Top-20 altcoins have continued to soar, as Ethereum gains 10% and XRP 7% over the last 24 hours. Bitcoin SV has been the stand-out performer, soaring a whopping 81%.

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👉 Opening Day Volume of CME Bitcoin Options Usurps Bakkt

CME Group launched Bitcoin options this week, an instrument which was very highly anticipated by investors around the globe.

Active interest in the contracts was no letdown, with over $2.1 million worth of Bitcoin options contracts traded on the very first day. This almost doubled the volume of Bakkt, a competing institutional Bitcoin derivatives exchange.

👉 Korean Blockchain ICON to be Used by Major University

Postech, a prominent university in South Korea, is reported to be utilizing the ICON blockchain to issue blockchain-based graduation diplomas.

The initiative will use ICONLOOP’s BROOF platform, a service which facilitates the issuance and storage of certifications.

👉 Venezuelan President Pledges to Revive Petro Coin

Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has vowed to breathe life into the Petro coin – the country’s cryptocurrency.

Part of the plan to revive the currency includes beginning to sell up to 50,000 barrels of oil a day in Petros. In the future, he would like all nationally produced oil paid for in the currency, as well as taxes and utility bills.