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CME Group announced in May that it will collaborate with digital assets trading platform Crypto Facilities Ltd. to develop two new products planned to launch in the fourth quarter of 2016: CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR), which will provide a final settlement price in U.S. dollars at 4 p.m. London time on each trading day, and CME CF Bitcoin Real Time Index (RTI), which will allow users real-time access to bitcoin prices. The BRR will aggregate the trade flow of major bitcoin spot exchanges during a specific calculation window into a once-a-day, transparent reference rate of the U.S. dollar price of bitcoin. The RTI will be calculated by Crypto Facilities and will be based on global demand to buy and sell bitcoin aggregated into a consolidated order book. It will reflect the current market price of bitcoin in U.S. dollar terms and will be published approximately once every second.
"These products are designed to allow bitcoin traders, companies and other users to rely on a credible reference rate price source," said Sandra Ro, Executive Director and Digitization Lead at CME Group.
Chain, Inc. announced May 2 the public release of Chain Open Standard 1 (Chain OS 1), an open source blockchain protocol developed over the last 18 months through a collaboration between the Silicon Valley company and global financial services firms. The Chain Open Standard is already powering several blockchain projects at leading financial companies, which drove the requirements for the standard through deep partnerships with Chain that began in 2014. The standard is now being opened up to the wider financial community. Firms contributing to the protocol for high-scale applications include: Capital One, Citigroup, Fidelity, First Data, Fiserv, MUFG, Nasdaq, State Street and Visa.
The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) announced in April that it has launched a new website, CBOE Livevol Data Shop, which offers clients a full suite of uniquely customizable market data sets. The Livevol Data Shop provides users with direct and immediate access to a comprehensive set of market intelligence for options, equities, indexes and ETFs. The website provides access to detailed calculations, including implied volatilities and Greeks as well as tick and trade data for nearly every underlying U.S. equity and option from 2004 to the present.
Bats Global Markets, Inc. (BATS), set a record for U.S. options market share of 11.6% in April and remained the leading U.S. market operator for ETF trading, executing 24.7% of all April volume.