A growing number of analysts have flipped bearish on Bitcoin and expect a significant price drop, but analyzing data from the perpetual futures and options markets uncovers a contrasting narrative.
Margin trading allows investors to borrow stablecoins or cryptocurrency to leverage their position and improve the expected return. Por ejemplo, borrowing Tether (USDT) will allow one to buy Bitcoin (BTC), thus increasing their Bitcoin long position.
Investors can also borrow BTC to margin trade a short position, thus betting on price downside. This is why some analysts monitor the total lending amounts of Bitcoin and Tether to gain insight into whether investors are leaning bullish or bearish.
Are analysts flipping bearish based only on Bitfinex’s margin data?
Esta semana, some prominent analysts cited a surge in Bitcoin short positions on Bitfinex, llegando a 6,621 BTC on June 7. Como informó Cointelegraph, independent researcher Fomocap found a visible correlation between margined short positions and the May 19 price crash.
sin embargo, when analyzing a broader scope of data — including the margin longs, perpetual contracts funding rate and protective put options — there is no evidence of prominent players preparing for a surprise negative move.
A single instance of Bitcoin margin shorts spiking ahead of the negative price swing should not be considered a leading indicator. además, one needs to factor in Bitcoin margin longs — an opposing, usually larger force.
As the above chart indicates, even on May 17 the number of BTC/USD long margin contracts outpaced shorts by 3.6, a 39,000 BTC. De hecho, the last time this indicator dropped below 2.0, favoring longs, was on Nov. 26, 2020. The result was not good for the shorts, as Bitcoin rallied 64% over the following 30 dias.
Whenever traders borrow Tether and stablecoins, they are likely long on cryptocurrencies. Por otra parte, BTC borrowing is mainly used for short positions.
Theoretically, whenever the USDT/BTC lending ratio goes up, the market is angled in a bullish manner. The ratio at OKEx bottomed at 3.5 en mayo 20, favoring longs, but it quickly returned to the 5.5 nivel. Por lo tanto, there is no evidence of a significant movement favoring shorts on margin markets.
The perpetual futures funding rate is still flat
Perpetual futures prices trade very close to regular spot exchanges, making the lives of retail traders a lot easier because they no longer need to calculate the futures premium.
This magic can only be achieved by the funding rate charged from longs (compradores) when demanding more leverage. sin embargo, when the situation is reversed and shorts (sellers) are over-leveraged, the funding rate goes negative, and they become the ones paying the fee.
As displayed above, the funding rate has been mostly flat since May 19. Had there been a massive surge for shorting demand, the indicator would have reflected the move.
The options put-to-call ratio remains bullish
La llamada (comprar) La opción proporciona a su comprador una protección de precio al alza., y el poner (vender) hace lo contrario. Esto significa que los operadores que buscan estrategias neutrales a bajistas generalmente dependerán de las opciones de venta.. Por otra parte, Las opciones de compra se utilizan más comúnmente para posiciones alcistas..
Take notice of how the neutral-to-bullish call options outnumber the protective puts by nearly 90%. Had professional traders and whales been anticipating a market crash, this ratio would have been positively impacted.
Investors should not make trading decisions based on a single indicator, as the remaining markets and exchanges may not corroborate it. Por ahora, there is absolutely no indication that heavy players are betting on Bitcoin short positions.
Los puntos de vista y opiniones expresados aquí son únicamente los de la autor y no reflejan necesariamente las opiniones de Cointelegraph. Cada inversión y movimiento comercial implica un riesgo. Debe realizar su propia investigación al tomar una decisión.
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