Bitcoin futures will likely open the door to wide-spread adoption of the coin by Wall Street.
One of the largest hedge funds in the world might hop on the bitcoin trade.
Luke Ellis, the CEO of Man Group, the UK-based investor with $95 billion in funds under management, said the firm would include bitcoin in its "investment universe" if bitcoin futures successfully launch, according to a Reuters report.
Ellis said during the Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit in the UK that cryptocurrencies "are an interesting thing."
"It’s not part of our investment universe today – it could be," Ellis said. "If there is a CME future on bitcoin, it would be."
CME announced at the end of October that it would launch a bitcoin futures product by year-end. On Monday, CME chairman and CEO Terry Duffy said such a product would likely be ready by the second-week of December.
The launch of bitcoin futures by an established exchange will likely translate into wider participation in bitcoin trading by other Wall Street firms since such firms are already plugged into their systems for other products. It will also likely dampen volatility for the coin, which is known for its wild price swings.