Brazil exchange operator B3 to offer bitcoin futures in April

By Thomson Reuters Mar 28, 2024 | 6:48 PM

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian exchange operator B3 said on Thursday it received a green light from the country’s securities regulator to offer bitcoin futures, with trading to start on April 17.

B3, which currently offers exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and receipts of ETFs related to cryptoassets, said the official date of the launch could still change.

The company said in a statement the bitcoin futures will be tied to the Nasdaq Bitcoin Reference Price, with each contract set at 10% of bitcoin’s price in Brazilian reais.

“The launch meets the demand for a derivative that allows a hedge against bitcoin’s price fluctuations or a directional exposure to the asset,” B3’s superintendent of swap rates and currency products, Felipe Goncalves, said in the statement.

B3 said the futures contract will have a financial settlement, with no buying or selling of actual bitcoin.

(Reporting by Patricia Vilas Boas and Andre Romani; Editing by Tom Hogue)