The first Bitcoin futures launched over the weekend, opening yet another chapter in the cryptocurrency's erratic rise. This morning Bitcoin is already up more than 10% at around $16,700, while the futures contracts at CBOE Global Markets rocketed to above $18,000.
Jean-Claude Juncker announced that “sufficient progress” had been made in the first phase of Brexit talks this morning, enabling the second phase of talks to start. Sterling has opened marginally higher against the Dollar and the Euro with UK equity markets also marginally higher.
Asian stocks were mixed with Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index and Japan's Nikkei making up some losses after dropping around 2% yesterday while South Korea's Kospi fell 0.36% and mainland China's Shanghai Composite slipped nearly 0.25%.