Bitcoin futures volatility sets record low


Bitcoin opens Monday where it has kicked off the majority of recent sessions, trading mostly unchanged.

Early Monday a single bitcoin

BTCUSD, -0.11%

 was fetching $6,423.21, down 0.1% since 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday on the Kraken crypto exchange.

As bitcoin trading ranges narrow, records continue to tumble. “As it turns out, [bitcoin] XBT futures and cryptos in general are moving with very little speed. The week ending Oct. 26th was the least volatile since futures were introduced nearly a year ago,” wrote Kevin Davitt, senior instructor for The Options Institute at Cboe Global Markets.

“Furthermore, the average weekly [volatility] for XBT futures in October was around 6.6%, which is way below the average of 15.65% since inception.”




Cboe bitcoin futures volatility

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Davitt said the continuing divergence between traditional assets and bitcoin is the bigger story for industry onlookers. “The waning cryptocurrency volatility is arguably even more interesting against the backdrop of escalating global equity volatility,” he added.

Read: How bitcoin has failed to achieve Satoshi Nakamoto’s original intent, in one chart

What are altcoins and futures doing?

Elsewhere, altcoins, or coins other than bitcoin, have begun Monday in mixed fashion. Ether

ETHUSD, -0.62%

was down 1.2% at $208.05, Bitcoin Cash

BCHUSD, -0.74%

was trading up 1.5% at $563.00, Litecoin

LTCUSD, -1.61%

had lost 1.4% at $53.27 and XRP,

XRPUSD, +4.15%

was down 0.5% at 46 cents.

Bitcoin futures were outperforming spot price Monday. The Cboe Global Markets November contract

XBTX8, +0.98%

was up 0.8% at $6,400, while the CME Group November contract

BTCX8, +1.75%

 had gained 0.8% to $6,395.

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