Bitcoin CME Futures Market Suggests Renewed Institutional Interest Bitcoin futures listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) are exhibiting premium over the cryptocurrency’s spot market price for the first time since the collapse of FTX Exchange in early November. The restored premium suggests that institutional activity has shifted focus away from bearish bets, as suggested by the record discounts seen in CME futures during the market panic.
The three-month CME futures currently trade at an annualized premium of 0.2%, while the Binance counterparts draw a premium of 2.4%. However, the term structure – the difference between futures of different maturities at a given time – remains inverted or in backwardation, signaling caution among institutional investors. This anomalous condition demonstrates a more conservative outlook for bitcoin as investors focus less on further dated expiry dates.