The cooperation will make CF Benchmarks’ host of digital asset indices available to the wider crypto-native ecosystem and enable robust and regulated access to institutional-grade index data for the decentralised finance space.
DIA, the open source data platform for decentralised finance and the UK FCA-regulated crypto index provider CF Benchmarks announced today that they will make CF Benchmarks’ crypto index reference prices available via the DIA oracle suite.
With a total settlement volume of more than $500bn since its inception in 2017, UK-based CF Benchmarks Ltd is the world’s leading crypto index provider. Acquired in 2019 by the global digital asset exchange Kraken, CF Benchmarks provides reference rates that are tracked by ETFs and ETPs listed on exchanges around the globe, including Canada, Brazil, Switzerland and Germany. CF Benchmarks is best known for its CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate, a price benchmark used by the CME Group to settle Bitcoin futures and options.
Access to Compliant ETH and SOL prices
In this new move, DIA will include CF Benchmarks’ reference prices as feeds in its data offering. As a start, reference prices for native tokens of the Layer 1 blockchains Ethereum and Solana will be provided as oracles. Oracles are smart-contract-readable data streams that enable applications running on the blockchain to ingest and read data from outside their own ecosystems.
ETH and SOL reference prices will be provided to both Ethereum-native and Solana-native developers. The availability of institutional-grade reference prices from a benchmark regulation compliant and Big 4 audited provider will enable secure development of new financial products and services underpinned by resilient and robust methodologies.
Bridging Traditional and Digital Asset Markets
Notwithstanding its nascency and volatility relative to more developed traditional asset markets, the digital asset ecosystem has shown staggering growth and attracted significant interest from retail and institutional investors alike. With an estimated market capitalisation of $2 trillion, the digital asset market falls far behind its legacy counterpart. Products like the reference prices provided by CF Benchmarks are a crucial building block for enabling safe institutional access and fostering regulated rails to this new asset class.
“The emergence of decentralised finance poses a challenge and opportunity for investors and regulators alike”, said Michael Weber, DIA’s Founder. “Teams like CF Benchmarks are at the forefront of creating a safe and secure environment for investors to allocate their capital. This is crucial for the development and the maturing of the ecosystem and we are excited to be a part of that journey.”
“CF Benchmarks is continually looking for ways to improve the availability of robust, reliable cryptocurrency pricing data, for users of digital asset ecosystems, as well as institutional and individual investors”, said CF Benchmarks CEO Sui Chung. “That is why we are proud to partner with DIA, one of the most comprehensive and fastest-growing oracle platforms, with a user base deeply embedded in the blockchain development community. We are confident that this partnership will be a significant step towards enabling the high-integrity pricing that will be critical for mass adoption of DeFi, Web3 and beyond.”
DIA (Decentralised Information Asset) is a cross-chain, end-to-end, open-source data and oracle platform for Web3. The DIA platform enables the sourcing, validation and sharing of transparent and verified data feeds for traditional and digital financial applications. DIA’s institutional grade data feeds cover asset prices, metaverse data, lending rates and more. DIA’s data is sourced from a broad array of on-chain and off-chain sources and can be fully customised with regards to the mix of sources and methodologies. DIA’s oracles are available to developers on all relevant layer 1 and layer 2 networks including Ethereum, Solana, Polkadot, Binance Smart Chain, Polygon, xDaiChain, Avalanche, and many more.
About CF Benchmarks
CF Benchmarks is the leading provider of cryptocurrency benchmark indices, authorised and regulated by the UK FCA under the UK Benchmarks Regulation. Its benchmark indices are provided through public methodologies and transparent governance; for tracking, valuing and settling risk in cryptocurrency financial services and products. CF Benchmarks’ indices have been used to settle over $500bn of cryptocurrency derivative contracts, including those listed for trading by CME Group and Kraken Futures, as well as serving as the reference index for ETFs and ETPs listed in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Brazil. CF Benchmarks is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kraken.