Over the past seven days, Биткойн (BTC) has failed to break through the $48,000 сопротивление, but its price has remained flat even as Minneapolis Federal Reserve Chairman Neel Kashkari bashed the industry.

During an appearance at the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region Annual Summit on Aug. 17, Kashkari said:

“Слишком далеко, what I’ve seen is […] 95% мошенничество, hype, noise and confusion.

более того, Kashkari specifically targeted Bitcoin when hementioned that its only use case has been funding illicit activities.

Even with the current pullback, Bitcoin investors should be glad that the $44,000 support held because the Federal Reserve also signaled its intent to unwind its $120-billion monthly purchases of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities.

With less stimulus to support the markets, investors naturally become more risk-averse, which could have caused a retracement in Bitcoin’s price.

С этим в мыслях, traders should be less worried about Friday’s $600 million Bitcoin options expiry because when the markets hold during potentially negative news, it can be interpreted as bullish.

Bitcoin Aug. 20 опционы совокупный открытый интерес. Источник: Bybt

The call-to-put ratio currently stands at 1.43 and favors the neutral-to-bullish call options. This data reflects the 7,838 Bitcoin call options stacked against the 5,465 опционы пут.

Bulls seem confident in the $44,000 служба поддержки

В настоящее время, there are less than 17 hours until Friday’s expiry, and there is a slim chance that a $50,000 call option could be of any use. This means that even if Bitcoin trades at $49,900 в 8:00 am UTC on Aug. 20, these options become worthless.

Следовательно, after excluding the 3,700 ultra-bullish call options contracts above $50,000, the adjusted open interest for the neutral-to-bullish instruments stands at $190 миллион.

An expiry price below $48,000 reduces this figure to $138 миллион. If bears manage to keep Bitcoin trading below $46,000, только $67 million of these call option contracts will take part in Friday’s expiry.

Наконец, the bull’s worst-case scenario happens below $44,000 because it wipes out 83% of the neutral-to-bullish call options to leave a meager $24 million open interest in their favor.

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Bears need BTC price below $45,000 to balance the situation

Bears seem to have been taken by surprise because 73% of the protective put options have been placed below $44,000. вследствие этого, the instrument’s open interest would be reduced to $65 million if the Bitcoin expiry takes place above that threshold, and this would give bears a $41 миллион преимуществ.

By keeping Bitcoin price below $45,000, bears might keep the open interest virtually balanced between call options and protective puts.

В конечном итоге, an expiry price above $46,000 increases the bull’s advantage to $105 миллион, which seems like a good enough reason to justify increased buying pressure ahead of Friday’s expiry.

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