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Trade Bitcoin Futures

Buy and Sell Bitcoin Futures based on your view of Bitcoin prices in a highly regulated marketplace. Transparent, Efficient Price Discovery with Deep Liquidity and Centralized Clearing.

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Bitcoin futures gives traders exposure to Bitcoin price movements without actually holding any Bitcoins. It provides a safe and regulated way to buy, sell and trade bitcoin futures contracts in a centralized marketplace where traders can implement their own trading strategies.

  • Go long or short to take advantage of the daily price swings
  • Gain exposure to bitcoin prices
  • Hedge existing bitcoin positions

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Open an Account

Simply fund your account with one of our highly capitalized Clearing Firms.


Select Your Platform

Choose from our wide selection of trading platforms powered by low latency datafeeds.


Trade Bitcoins

Go long or short on Bitcoin with a single click with fast order execution.

Safe & Secure

All our clients’ funds are kept in segregated trust accounts separate from the funds of our clearing firms

Qualified Support

A dedicated team with over a decade of futures trading experience to help you navigate the new Bitcoin Futures markets.

Fully Licensed Broker

Optimus Futures is licensed and regulated by the NFA. No need to worry about offshore cryptocurrency exchanges

Regulated Exchanges

All trading and clearing of Bitcoin futures contracts will be regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)


No need to worry about delivery when trading Bitcoin Futures since they are cash-settled

Hassle Free

No need for a Cryptocurrency wallet that are prone to hacks. Just log in or open a live account in minutes

Which exchanges can I trade Bitcoin futures on?

Bitcoin futures is listed and cleared on the CME under the ticker symbol “BCT” and will equal five bitcoins. See full contract specs below.

How are Bitcoin futures contracts priced?

CME’s BTC contract will be priced off the CME Bitcoin Reference Rate, an index that references pricing data from four major cryptocurrency exchange: Bitstamp, GDAX, itBit and Kraken.

Disclaimer: The liquidity on any single exchange can affect the price of Virtual Currency Futures adversely. Risk ranges from hacks, theft and/or liquidity issues that could affect your positions or the ability to offset your positions.

What are the margin requirements for Bitcoin futures?

As of February 1, 2019, and subject to change, the Maintenance Margin for Bitcoin futures is 37%, where the Initial Margin for Hedger is 100% of the maintenance margin and the initial Margin for Speculator is 110% of that number.

Our FCM’s may require additional margins beyond the exchange minimum requirements.

What is the Total Cost of Trading Bitcoin Futures?

In order to trade any futures contracts, you have to pay several transaction costs that make up the total commissions (Exchange Fees, Electronic Routing, NFA, FCM Clearing and Commissions). Click Here to view the Pricing that applies to most retail traders and understand all the costs associated with trading Futures. Fees on Virtual Currency may be higher due to the inherent risk. Please ask for full disclosure before engaging in trading.

Which platforms will support Bitcoin futures trading?

Click Here to view the full list of trading platforms that you can trade Bitcoin Futures on. Please note that you may need to contact us to enable your trading platform for bitcoin futures.

What is the minimum initial deposit required to trade Bitcoin Futures?

The minimum deposit to open an account for trading Bitcoin Futures is $50,000

Which brokers offer Bitcoin futures?

Open an Account via Gain Capital, Ironbeam, Wedbush or TradeStation to trade Bitcoin Futures with Optimus Futures.

Bitcoin Futures Contract Specifications

CME Group Bitcoin Futures
Name Bitcoin Futures
Symbol BTC
Contract Unit 5 Bitcoins
Tick Size $5.00
Tick Value $25.00
Settlement Financial
Trading Hours Sunday to Friday 6:00 p.m CST to 5:00 p.m. CST
  (60-minute break each day beginning at 5:00 p.m.)

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Contact Us

Want to Trade Bitcoin Futures but still have questions? Get in touch using the form below or feel free to call us directly at (800) 771-6748 and one of our client representatives will assist you.

Disclaimer: Virtual currencies including Bitcoins experience significant price volatility and fluctuations in the underlying virtual currency’s value. The time you place a trade for a virtual currency futures contract and the time you attempt to liquidate it will affect the value of your futures contract and the potential profit and losses related to it. Be very cautious and monitor any investments that you make. There is a substantial risk of loss in futures trading. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Please be aware, however, that just because futures on virtual currencies, including Bitcoin, are traded on regulated futures exchanges does not mean that the underlying virtual currency markets are regulated in any manner. What occurs in a virtual currency’s underlying market will impact the price of a virtual currency’s futures contract.

The Cboe Futures Exchange LLC (CFE) and CME Group, Inc. (CME) have launched trading in Bitcoin futures. The CFE futures contracts are cash-settled contracts based on the Gemini’s auction price for Bitcoin, denominated in U.S. dollars. The CME’s futures contracts are cash-settled contracts based on the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR) and the CME CF Bitcoin Real Time Index (BRTI). The specifications for each Bitcoin futures contract, including margin requirements and price fluctuation limits, can be found on the CFE and CME websites.

Optimus Futures, LLC and/or our Clearing FCMs reserves the right to impose more restrictive limits that may, at our FCM’s discretion, be revised from time to time. Optimus Futures, LLC and/or our Clearing FCMs also has the contractual right to liquidate all or any part of your position(s) through any means available, without prior notice to you. The regular risks associated with trading commodity futures contracts also apply to the trading of Bitcoin futures. These risks can be viewed at the following link:

Customers choosing to trade Bitcoin futures should consider additional significant risks including, but not limited to: (a) Bitcoin futures contracts have not previously traded on a U.S.-regulated futures exchange and as such, there is no futures trading history in this product; (b) The price of the underlying Bitcoin and the indexes on which the futures contracts are based are highly volatile and unpredictable based on many factors; (c) Since a limited number of futures commissions merchants may offer trading in the Bitcoin futures contracts, there might be limited volume that might impact market efficiencies and price movements; and (d) The risk of loss can be substantial and could result in a customer losing more than the initial or maintenance margin requirement. As such, each customer should conduct his or her own due diligence prior to make a decision to trade in these products. See the link below from the National Futures Association for more information.

Additionally, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") has made available a Virtual Currency Resource Web Page designed to educate and inform the public about this topic and its risks. See the link below for further information from the CFTC.

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