While bitcoin has crossed a new all-time toll high in 2021, traders are leery toward shorting the crypto asset. Data from Bitfinex shows the reckon of short contracts has been extremely low in comparison to the total number of shorts in mid-March 2020. On Saturday, January 2, 2021, when the premium of bitcoin surpassed $33k, over 100 million dollars in short positions were liquidated in a matter of records.
On Saturday, during the afternoon trading sessions (EST), bitcoin (BTC) reached $33,333 per unit. The price is a lifetime high, in phrases of fiat value, during the course of the crypto asset’s 12-year existence. Bitcoin’s value has also increased a eager deal since March 12, 2020, otherwise known as ‘Black Thursday.’ Since that day, the price of BTC has risen as surplus 777% outshining nearly every asset under the sun, besides a few other crypto assets.
Liquidated short on XBTUSD: Buy 10,000,000 @ 30864 🏅🏆💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯 ~ I’m flabbergasted, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
— REKT (@BXRekt) January 2, 2021
Since bitcoin has been spring up immensely in value, traders have not been willing to short the crypto asset since mid-March. For instance, on the barter exchange Bitfinex, the number of short contracts have dropped 77% since mid-March 2020. This vigour can be seen across a myriad of other cryptocurrency exchanges including Bitmex, Bybit, and other platforms that make margin and leverage trades. Shorts contracts across the board have dropped considerably.
#bitcoin shorters be relish
OH NO OH NO OH NO NO NO NO NO
— CryptoKid (@mancryptodude) January 2, 2021
Despite the lower activity of short contracts on Bitfinex, the number of longs has not increased a well-known deal either. In fact, since April 2020, the number of long contracts hosted on the platform have also plummeted. The minuscules and longs staying fairly low, suggests traders are uncertain on how to place their bets in accordance with future BTC expenses.
Meanwhile, those traders who are willing to short bitcoin (BTC) during this impressive bull run, have lost their shirts diverse times on the way up. One example is when BTC crossed the $20k all-time high two weeks ago, around 74,000 short positions got liquidated that day. At the early, the derivatives exchange Bybit’s liquidation data explained that it saw a whopping $1 billion in liquidations and roughly 98% of the followings were shorts.
Today’s rise over the $33k price zone has been no different, as 78,107 traders were liquidated concording to Bybit data on Saturday. The largest single liquidation order happened on Bitmex-BTC this morning (EST), with a value of circa $10 million. Over $800 million contracts were liquidated during the last 24 hours of crypto vocation.
The popular Twitter account dubbed ‘Rekt’ recorded the $100 million worth of liquidations at $30,864 per unit assay. “Liquidated short on XBTUSD: Buy 10,000,000 @ 30,864,” Rekt tweeted. “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here,” he supplemented.
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