FalconX and CF Benchmarks partner

Collaboration revolutionizes the cryptocurrency industry by providing unprecedented access to regulated derivative instruments
PRNewswireJuly 21, 20235 min

FalconX, the most reliable digital assets prime brokerage for the world’s leading institutions, is releasing the only¬†crypto¬†derivatives offered by a CFTC-regulated swaps dealer. These contracts are settled against indices administered by¬†CF Benchmarks, the FCA-regulated cryptocurrency index provider.

The contracts offer regulated access to the crypto derivatives market, via swaps, options and non-deliverable forwards (NDFs) that settle to single asset reference rates provided by CF Benchmarks.

The contracts provide exposure to bitcoin settled against the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate, and to ether settled against the CME CF Ether-Dollar Reference Rate. FalconX is also offering a range of derivatives products, settled against regulated CF Benchmarks single asset reference rates, so clients can gain exposure to other leading cryptocurrencies.

“Derivatives benchmarked against resilient and regulated indices are the primary route institutions take to gain exposure to the¬†crypto¬†asset class,” said¬†Sui Chung, CEO of CF Benchmarks. “We are delighted that FalconX will provide exposure to a host of digital assets through our market-leading benchmarks, including the CME CF BRR. This will encourage further activity in the fastest-growing area of institutional finance today.”

CF Benchmarks is a key part of the¬†crypto¬†market’s infrastructure. Its indices have settled the regulated¬†crypto¬†derivatives contracts from CME since launch in 2017. Through the use of the same spot reference source, FalconX clients can tap into the liquidity complex around the CME CF BRR, that includes the most liquid regulated instruments such as the CME¬†crypto¬†futures and ETFs listed in multiple jurisdictions. This development is poised to have a profound impact on the way institutional investors interact with digital assets, ultimately driving increased adoption and growth within the sector.

By offering a suite of benchmarked derivatives contracts, FalconX and CF Benchmarks are addressing the growing demand for secure and transparent investment products in the rapidly expanding digital asset space. Institutional investors can now confidently gain exposure to¬†cryptocurrencies, knowing they are backed by a regulated and reliable infrastructure. The integration of these benchmark indices into FalconX’s offerings will enable clients to efficiently manage risk and seize opportunities in the burgeoning world of digital finance.

As well as enhancing overall market stability and fostering trust among institutional investors, this partnership paves the way for future innovations in the crypto derivatives landscape. As more institutions embrace digital assets, the collaboration between FalconX and CF Benchmarks will prove instrumental in shaping the trajectory of the industry, ultimately spurring further advancements in technology, regulation, and product offerings.

“Regulated derivatives are critical instruments for institutional investors to safely access digital assets,” said Baris Cetinok, Chief Product Officer of FalconX. “We are proud to be able to deliver the industry’s best in class regulated derivatives offering – purpose built for the world’s leading institutional investors.”

The partnership between FalconX and CF Benchmarks signifies a major milestone in the evolution of the digital asset ecosystem. By equipping clients with the tools and resources required to navigate the ever-changing cryptocurrency landscape, this alliance sets a new standard for transparency, reliability, and innovation in the world of institutional finance.

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