Despite being touted as the likely catalyst for an institutional-led bull market, Bakkt’s Bitcoin derivatives failed to meet the expected impact — seeing sustained periods of complete inactivity during January of this year. However, the steady increase in volume recently enjoyed by the platform suggests that institutions are now warming to it. A point of difference for Bakkt’s contracts is they are supposedly ‘physically settled’ in Bitcoin rather than cash. However, analysts have highlighted that most contracts traded on Bakkt are rolled over — with only a minority of traders opting to receive Bitcoin when the contracts expire.
Despite the new all-time high, Bakkt’s volumes pale in comparison to the trade activity on the largest cryptocurrency exchanges. Over the past 24 hours, Binance’s BTC-USDT perpetual contract — a futures contracts with no expiry or settlement date — drove $2.65 billion in trade, while the exchange’s 74 futures pairings pushed $5.96 billion collectively.