The Brazilian Stock Exchange is planning to launch Bitcoin futures trading


The Brazilian Stock Exchange, B3, is set to launch its first official crypto-related product within the next six months, André Milanez confirmed in a conference call on Monday.

“We plan to launch bitcoin futures in the next three to six months,” CFO André Milanez reportedly said on a conference call.

No details were offered on whether or not B3 had partnerships lined up to offer the products or if another company would be providing infrastructure.

During the January interview, Mielke noted that B3 had been looking into bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies since 2016, but that the issue of valuing the assets against either the dollar or the Brazilian real played a confusing role in B3’s determination.

“We are identifying points of friction that we can help solve to face it, such as helping our customers provide the best access to their end customers,” he said.

In addition to BTC and ETH futures, B3 also intends to offer services to national cryptocurrency exchanges and to be a kind of “centralizer” of custody and settlement operations, according to Jochen Mielke de Lima:

“We have around 30 national crypto brokers, apart from the international ones that operate here. We could offer a service to facilitate and standardize their operations. I believe you have something to explore in providing custody services and the settlement process,” Mielke told Valor in the January interview.

In addition, B3 plans other products based on cryptocurrencies and blockchain to launch in 2022. Among them, there are studies on a platform for asset tokenization, cryptocurrency trading, cryptocurrency custody, among others.

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