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Why Interactive Brokers Founder Fears Bitcoin Futures

Bitcoin futures, which Cboe Global Markets and CME Group hope to list later this year, may accomplish what the global financial crisis could not: decimating a slew of trading firms and threatening the stability of Wall Street’s clearing outfits.

No single listed financial product has ever caused such mayhem, but Thomas Peterffy, one of the world’s most successful derivatives traders, is concerned that Bitcoin derivatives will introduce extraordinary volatility into the market that will be difficult to contain. “For the first...