Bitcoin futures open interest on CME nears 2021 all-time high

Bitcoin (BTC) futures open interest has reached $5.2 billion on the global derivatives giant Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), $200 million shy of its late October 2021 all-time high.

Open interest in CME’s Bitcoin futures has grown from $3.63 billion to $5.20 billion over the last 30 days, according to Coinglass data. The open interest surge has run parallel to Bitcoin’s 26% gain over the same time, with Bitcoin currently trading at just over $44,000.

CME’s Bitcoin futures open interest reached $5.2 billion on Dec. 6. Source: Coinglass

From Oct. 1 to 21, 2021, open interest in CME’s Bitcoin futures surged from $1.46 billion to $5.45 billion.

The rapid uptick in open interest also…

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