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$500M in crypto futures liquidated as Bitcoin dips below $34K: What happens next?

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Roughly $500 million price of cryptocurrency futures positions have been liquidated up to now 24 hours. The mass liquidation of positions occurred earlier than the worth of Bitcoin (BTC) dipped beneath $34,000 on Jan. 17.

Bitcoin whole liquidations. Supply: Bybt.com

Why have been so many positions liquidated?

In a single day, the worth of Bitcoin rose by 6.7% from $35,500 to almost $38,000. In the meantime, the futures funding price sharply elevated, indicating an overleveraged market.

Throughout main exchanges, the funding price of the Bitcoin perpetual swap futures contract surged to round 0.07%.

Contemplating that the typical funding price usually hovers at round 0.01%, the futures market was overcrowded on the best way up in direction of $38,000.

As such, Bitcoin value started to drop when a number of massive promote orders hit the market at simply above $38,000.  The overheated futures market additional intensified the correction.

Total, $500 million in liquidation is just not a big determine in comparison with the previous week, for instance, when Bitcoin saw $1 billion in futures contracts liquidated on peak days.

Is the Bitcoin backside close to?

However the drop has not led the futures market’s open curiosity to say no, inflicting issues for a much bigger pullback. There are nonetheless a lot of merchants betting on Bitcoin within the futures market, which opens up the potential for one other lengthy squeeze.

A pseudonymous dealer often called “Salsa Tekila” stated that if Bitcoin falls beneath $30,000, it could enter “bear market territory.” Therefore, within the close to time period, it’s essential for BTC to keep up $30,000 as a macro assist space. He said:

“If we go beneath 30k it is bear market territory. We might have sufficient underwater bagholders to maintain us down for a protracted whereas. Till then, may go both manner I reckon. If reclaim and maintain above 40k, I believe 50-60k neighborhood believable. Me considering $BTC is topped is a bias, not a commerce.”

Moreover, based on CryptoQuant CEO Ki Younger Ju, the open curiosity within the futures market continues to be skyrocketing. All of the whereas, the on-chain alerts that indicated purchaser demand have stagnated up to now few days.

Primarily based on the mixture of the overcrowded derivatives market and the dearth of purchase alerts, Ki wrote that the market is unsure and that it might retest $30,000 once more. He wrote:

“Individuals commerce $BTC with low leverage, open curiosity is skyrocketing, and the long-short ratio seems to be impartial. Sturdy on-chain shopping for alerts which have pushed this bull market hasn’t come up up to now. $BTC would possibly retest 30k, so I haven’t got any place now on this unsure market.”

Bitcoin estimated leverage on exchanges. Supply: CryptoQuant

As Cointelegraph beforehand reported, merchants on Binance, the biggest futures trade by open curiosity, have began to make use of decrease leverage up to now week. That is indicative of a heightened degree of concern available in the market and the dearth of certainty within the short-term value pattern of BTC.

However, some merchants stay optimistic within the medium time period, explaining that the present pullback from $40,000-levels was not solely anticipated but also much-needed for the rally not to overheat