Bitcoin (BTC) has been struggling to sustain the $55,000 support level for the past 16 giorni, or basically since the April 17 record-high $5 billion long contracts liquidation. The rejection that took place after the $64,900 all-time high had a devastating impact on the sentiment of retail traders, as measured by the perpetual futures funding rate significant drop.
però, despite Bitcoin’s recent underperformance and today’s 6.5% far cadere, pro traders have been buying the dip for the past 24 ore. These whales and arbitrage desk movements are reflected in the OKEx futures long-to-short ratio, as well as Bitfinex’s margin lending markets. As this buying occurs, retail traders are mainly quiet, which is reflected in the neutral perpetual funding rate.
Come illustrato sopra, the perpetual futures (scambi inversi) 8-hour funding rate has been below 0.05% for the past couple of weeks. For the end-of-month contracts, prices vastly differ from regular spot exchanges, reflecting the imbalance from longs and shorts leverage.
This discrepancy is why retail traders tend to prefer perpetual futures, albeit with the varying carry cost caused by the funding rate changes.
The current 8-hour fee is equivalent to a 1% weekly rate, signaling a slight imbalance on longs. però, this level is well below the 0.10% and higher rates seen in early April. This data is clear evidence that retail traders aren’t comfortable adding Bitcoin long positions despite the 9% correction in two days.
D'altra parte, the top traders’ long-to-short indicator reached its highest level in 30 giorni, signaling buying activity from whales and arbitrage desks. Questo indicatore viene calcolato analizzando la posizione consolidata del cliente in loco, contratti perpetui e futures. Di conseguenza, fornisce una visione più chiara se i trader professionisti sono inclini al rialzo o al ribasso.
Come mostrato sopra, the current OKEx futures long-to-short ratio currently favors longs by 94%. This buying activity was initiated in the early hours of May 4, as Bitcoin broke below $55,000. Ma ancora più importante, it signals even more confidence than April 14, when BTC hiked to its $64,900 massimo storico.
però, to confirm whether this movement is widespread, one should also evaluate margin markets. Per esempio, the leading exchange (Bitfinex) holds over $1.8 billion worth of leveraged Bitcoin positions.
Bitfinex shows spectacular growth in the BTC margin markets with longs over 50x the amount borrowed by shorts. These levels are unprecedented in the exchange’s history and confirm the data from OKEx’s futures markets.
There’s no doubt that professional traders are ultra-bullish despite today’s Bitcoin dip. As for the lack of appetite from retail traders, their focus seems to be currently on altcoins.
Attualmente, 18 della parte superiore 50 altcoins have rallied 45% or higher in the past 30 giorni.
La domanda è, can the altcoin rally continue if BTC fails to produce a new all-time high over the next couple of weeks?
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