Tether’s Gold-backed Stablecoin (XAU₮) Now Available For Futures Trading on Bitfinex, FTX
The crypto derivatives exchange FTX has announced the listing of Tether Gold (XAUT), whereas Bitfinex, the Tether’s company sister exchange, rolls out XAUT futures trading.
FTX users are now enabled for XAUT against the US dollar trading. Aside from the XAUT/USD pair they can use, they will also be able to buy and sell perpetual or quarterly expiring Tether Gold futures contracts. Starting today, Bitfinex users will be able to trade futures contracts on XAUT against Tether (USDT), the US dollar-pegged stablecoin.
— FTX – Built By Traders, For Traders (@FTX_Official) March 6, 2020
iFinex Financial Technologies to Provide Trading on Bitfinex
Bitfinex made the announcement on Friday, saying that traders are now able to buy and sell up to 100x leverage assets at an established data and price in future. The service will be provided by an iFinex product division called iFinex Financial Technologies. iFinex is the parent company of Tether and Bitfinex.
— tethergold (@tethergold) March 6, 2020
Only certain jurisdictions will have the XAUT/USDT futures trading active, also verified users, even if Bitfinex doesn’t ask for accounts to be verified. The jurisdictions are the same with those mentioned on the Bitfinex official website. Venezuela, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Crimea’s annexed regions’ residents are prohibited from using the service.
News Was Released After XAUT Hit the $21 Million Market Cap
Bitfinex says in its Friday announcement that this launch of futures contracts trading for XAUT will bring much more exposure to the asset. XAUT crossed the $21 million market cap on Wednesday, March 4, when it became the world’s biggest digital asset backed by gold and overtook PAX Gold (PAXG).
At the moment, XAUT’s market cap accounts for $26.8 million, whereas PAXG’s for around $18.7 million, says crypto tracker Etherscan. PAXG was launched a few months before XAUT, being the first crypto asset that could be redeemed in gold. XAUT came at the end of January 2020 and immediately rolled out trading on Bitfinex.