On Friday, July 3rd we launched a new Semiannual fixed-maturity contract for our existing XBT/USD and ETH/USD pairs, expiring and settling on Friday, December 25, 2020 at 4PM London time:
Note that we have made a change to our settlement schedule. Previously settlement was scheduled on the last Friday of each month unless there was a public holiday. In order to align with the broader cryptocurrency derivatives market all contracts listed from this point on will expire on the last Friday of the month.
Going forward, XBT/USD and ETH/USD pairs will have four concurrent contract slots which will always be filled with a maturity: Perpetual, Month, Quarter, and Semiannual.
The December contract will be useful to clients in a number of ways:
- Trading versus the December contracts on other exchanges
- Basis trading using margin-netting on other contracts on Kraken Futures
- Hedging options exposure on other platforms
- Longer-term speculation with a fixed rate exposure
The contracts will have the same indices as their respective contract types for real-time marking and settlement. The mark price formula will set the maximum deviation from index at 10% for a 180-day period.
You can read more about the contract specifications here - https://support.kraken.com/hc/en-us/articles/360022632172-Fixed-Maturity-Futures-Contract-specifications