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Deribit To List Options For SOL, MATIC and XRP; Set for European Expansion

David Pokima
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The largest cryptocurrency options exchange, Deribit has announced plans to expand its options offering to three additional altcoin coins.

Per the announcement on X (formerly Twitter), the platform noted that the options trade will be added for Solana (SOL), Polygon (MATIC), and Ripple (XRP). 

We’re bringing linear options for SOL, XRP, and MATIC to the table….” 

Options are a branch of derivative contracts that give customers the right to buy or sell a token at an agreed price in the future.

The decision to incorporate options comes despite plunging asset prices and wide uncertainty regarding the regulatory stance of several authorities.

The company also revealed plans for a European expansion in the near future with plans to apply for an EU brokerage license. 

Plus, we’re seeking to apply for a brokerage license in the EU! Stay tuned for more updates on our journey to empower crypto traders worldwide,” the tweet reads. 

A win-win scenario 

Deribit currently controls over 85% of the digital asset options market presently offering Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) futures.

The recent addition has been hailed by several crypto traders describing it as a move to boost liquidity in the market and help manage risks effectively. 

For the exchange, it is a step to further strengthen its position as the top option exchange in the market even as the derivatives trading volume plunged from $2 trillion in January to around $1.5 trillion in September.

Luuk Strigers, the Chief Commercial Officer of the company said in a recent interview that the reduced volatility will not limit the plans of expansion.

Is this the best environment to launch new products or should we defer? That’s what keeps us awake. We expect some increased volatility in January when we launch options on three altcoins.”

Richard Galvin, the co-founder of  Digital Asset Capital Management joins traders to express the benefits of altcoin liquidity with it not being offered by Ethereum alone in the past months. 

…as Ether is no longer really an effective hedge for a broader portfolio of cryptoassets given its relatively low volatility.” 

On the verge of Europe

Although the announcement did not state a particular time when the exchange will obtain the license, many view it to be soon based on the recent state of the cryptocurrency firm’s expansion to Europe. 

The expansion of firms to Europe is based on the passage of the Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) regulations alongside countries pushing to become MiCA compliant before 2024.

The Panama-based firm is also working on an expansion to Dubai hinged on its recent crypto-friendly regulations.

This year, the firm launched a free spit crypto trading service to help boost its derivative trading adding that the spot service will act as a gateway to the derivatives market.