Major Brokerage Firm Notes Increased Interest in Crypto Derivatives Due to Bitcoin’s Surge
TP Icap’s Duncan Trenholme provided insights to DL News, highlighting the surge in demand for Bitcoin and Ethereum derivatives among their clientele. He emphasized the impact of rising Bitcoin prices and the aftermath of the Binance settlement on industry trends. Trenholme intends to expand the digital assets unit by hiring more personnel due to increased institutional interest.
Discussing an overlooked milestone in the crypto sphere, Trenholme underscored how CME Group outstripped Binance as the primary platform for Bitcoin futures contracts earlier in the year. He stressed the significance of this occurrence, particularly considering it preceded the substantial fine imposed on Binance by US regulators in November.
Trenholme expressed enthusiasm about this shift, interpreting it as indicative of traditional financial entities and institutional firms venturing into the crypto landscape. He views this shift as a potential precursor to a broader trend that could unfold in 2024, eroding the conventional boundaries between traditional finance and the crypto realm.
With TP Icap serving as a pivotal intermediary in daily trades surpassing $1 trillion across various asset classes, Trenholme attested to witnessing this convergence firsthand. The company’s experience aligns with the narrative of traditional finance entities increasingly dipping their toes into the burgeoning crypto market.