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A look back at the biggest bitcoin ETF news of 2021

Many hoped 2021 would be the year of the bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), and in some ways it was. Though the industry ultimately did not successfully advance a spot bitcoin ETF through the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US did see its first crypto ETF in the form of a futures-based product. In this piece, The Block takes a look through key events in 2021 to see where the question of SEC approval lies for 2022. April It all …

Trading volume for bitcoin and ether futures surpassed $32 trillion in 2021

The combined trading volume of bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) futures surged over $32 trillion in 2021, according to The Block Research. That figure, based on data as of December 27, is a massive 338% increase compared to 2020 trading volumes. Last year, bitcoin and ether futures saw a combined trading volume of over $7 trillion. The month of May had the highest trading volume in 2021 for both bitcoin and ether futures, with a combined value of over $4 …

November Recap – 23 Charts

December 10, 2021, 4:26AM EST • 12 min read Quick Take This research piece contains 23 charts relating to the latest developments in the crypto space — this includes scaling, notable on-chain metrics, NFTs, and futures. Open interest for CME futures was at a high towards the beginning of November, primarily driven by hedge funds.  Innovative protocols across all fields of DeFi continue to see explosive growth. Join The Block Research for exclusive research like this Gain access to this …