(Dow Jones) Nasdaq and broker Cantor Fitzgerald are looking to join the rush on Wall Street to trade bitcoin, which powered above $11,000 on Wednesday.
Nasdaq aims to launch bitcoin futures in the first half of 2018, according to people familiar with the situation.
Separately, Cantor said it is seeking to launch bitcoin derivatives on an exchange it owns, also in the first half of next year. The moves come after two major Chicago exchange operators announced similar plans for the digital currency.
Many financial institutions have been reluctant to get into bitcoin due to its notorious volatility and its lingering association with money laundering and other criminal activity.