The long awaited Nasdaq Bitcoin and Ethereum indexes lifted off the launch pad this week signaling another giant step towards mainstream acceptance and adoption.
Bitcoin and Ethereum Indexes Added
The stock exchange is expanded its global data service on Monday to include Bitcoin and Ethereum. In an official announcement earlier this month it stated that through its data dissemination relationship with Brave New Coin, Nasdaq will send real-time Bitcoin and Ethereum index level information on the Nasdaq Global Index Data ServiceSM (GIDS).
The service, originally started in 1971, provides current and historical index data for the diverse suite of Nasdaq Global Indexes, which covers all geographies and multiple asset classes. From now on it will include the top two cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Bitcoin enthusiast and twitter personality Alex Ziupsnys commented on how big this development will be for general crypto adoption. Bitcoin and Ethereum prices will now be displayed in thousands of offices and trade floors across the globe alongside top commodities and fiat currencies.
Bitcoin Liquid Index (BLX) and the Ethereum Liquid Index (ELX) will offer a “real-time spot or reference rate” for the price of 1 BTC and 1 ETH respectively. Rates are quoted in USD, and “based on the most liquid ends of their markets.” The data will be refreshed at a frequency of thirty seconds.
The exchange operator stated that the BLX is one of the most widely-referenced BTC indices among crypto traders and has been calculated back to 2010. Likewise, the ELX has been calculated back to 2014. Both indices are calculated using a methodology that has been independently audited against key IOSCO principles.