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Bitcoin Perpetual Open Interest Suggests Short Squeeze Led To Crash

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Bitcoin Perpetual Open Interest Suggests Short Squeeze Led To Crash

The Bitcoin crash of last week was a brutal one for the market. It saw the digital asset lose its footing from where it had been trending just below $30,000 to crash to the mid $17,000s before a recovery had begun. With the new week, the market had started to emerge into the green. But as bitcoin struggles to hold above $20,000, the question remains what had triggered such a crash.

A Short Squeeze

The bitcoin open interest in perps had been up over the last couple of weeks. This has continued to be the case through the market crash and the subsequent recovery. However, the open interest levels, mainly the rise and falls, leading up to and during the bitcoin crash have all of the makings of a short squeeze.

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On Wednesday, the open interest in bitcoin perps had eventually peaked at a new all-time high of 335,000 BTC after a week of unpredictable movements. This was when bitcoin had declined below $21,000. As the price of the digital asset had begun its recovery, the open interest in perps had quickly declined. Movements like these are associated with a short squeeze, which was the same in the case. One that preceded another crash during the weekend.

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Open interest remains elevated | Source: Arcane Research

The same was the case over the weekend. The open interest in perps had once again surged, to 325,000 BTC this time, after erratic movement when the price declined to the mid $17,000s. Another decline in the open interest has since been recorded as the price of BTC has recovered, albeit slower this time around.

Bitcoin Perps Trading At A Discount

Bitcoin perps are still trading at a discount compared to the spot prices. This is no surprise given that the bitcoin funding rates have stayed neutral to below neutral even through the crash and the massive sell-offs. Additionally, there has been nothing significant that has happened in regards to the bitcoin perps through the crash and eventual recovery,

Funding rates below neutral | Source: Arcane Research

Interestingly, the funding rates have now remained below neutral with the price of BTC struggling above $20,000. One place where funding rates have had the most impact has been on Deribit. Since it is rumored to be closely intertwined with Three Arrows Capital (3AC), the decline in funding rates triggered insolvency fears and rumors tied to the crash of 3AC.

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Related Reading | Bitcoin Miner Liquidations Threaten Bitcoin’s Recovery

However, it is important to note that Deribit has assured the public that it remains financially healthy even if the 3AC debts were forfeited. As the market has begun to move on from last week’s crash, the funding rates have begun to stabilize, although they remain slightly below neutral.

BTC declines to mid-$20,000s | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
Featured image from CNN International, charts from Arcane Research and TradingView.com

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Risk Of ‘Significant Drawdowns’ Pushes Cypherpunk Holdings To Sell Entire Stash Of Bitcoin And Ethereum

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Risk Of ‘Significant Drawdowns’ Pushes Cypherpunk Holdings To Sell Entire Stash Of Bitcoin And Ethereum

On Tuesday, the Canada-based investment firm Cypherpunk Holdings Inc. announced that the company has sold all of its bitcoin and ethereum due to the “risk of further significant drawdowns.” The company has transitioned its treasury to cash after selling 214.72 bitcoin and 205.82 ethereum as Cypherpunk Holdings continues “to see systemic risks propagating” across the crypto economy.

Cypherpunk Holdings Sells All of the Bitcoin and Ethereum on Its Balance Sheet

Crypto winter has done a lot of damage since the bull run’s price highs, as more than $2 trillion has left the digital currency economy since the first week of November 2021. Today, the crypto economy is worth roughly $945 billion and bitcoin (BTC) is coasting along just above the $20K per unit range.

BTC is down more than 70% from the all-time high ($69K) on November 10, 2021, and ethereum (ETH) has lost more than 77% since the ATH ($4,878) recorded on the same day. On June 28, 2022, or eight months later, the publicly listed Canadian investment company Cypherpunk Holdings revealed it had dumped all of its bitcoin and ether holdings.

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Cypherpunk Holdings (CSE: HODL) (OTC Pink: CYFRF) was one of the many publicly listed companies that held bitcoin and ethereum on its balance sheet. The update from the company notes that the sale was due to risk and it said the crypto economy may see “significant drawdowns” going forward.

CEO and president of Cypherpunk Holdings Jeff Gao.

Cypherpunk Holdings sold approximately 214.7203 BTC and 205.8209 ETH and it got around $4,927,000 for the lot of crypto assets. The company said that it currently has just over $14 million worth of “cash and stables” on hand. After the sale, the CEO and president of Cypherpunk Holdings, Jeff Gao, spoke about dumping the digital assets for cash.

“Recently, Cypherpunk liquidated all of its treasury holdings in BTC and ETH for cash and withdrew back to custody,” Gao wrote in an update concerning the company’s cryptocurrency holdings and strategy.

“We continue to see systemic risks propagating throughout the crypto ecosystem and, in our assessment of the risk reward and opportunity costs involved in holding asset tokens, we believe that the most prudent approach is to sit on the sidelines as we wait for the volatility and illiquidity contagion to come to its logical conclusion,” Gao said. “On the balance of probabilities, we see weaker price action opening the way to lower levels to come as reports of the number of chains imposing ‘temporary’ suspension on withdrawals increases.”

The Cypherpunk Holdings executive continued by adding:

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Until such a time as our thesis on market conditions change, our treasury will remain in cash. Cypherpunk maintains its long-term bullish outlook on crypto and currently plans to actively seek to capitalize on compelling risk reward opportunities as and when they present.

Company Sold 196.74 Bitcoin and 382 Ether Prior to the June 28 Announcement and Amid the Terra LUNA Fallout

Furthermore, Cypherpunk Holdings dumped bitcoin (BTC) before the June 28 announcement, as it told investors on June 13 that it sold 96.74 BTC for $2.9 million and 50 ETH for $100K. Cypherpunk Holdings’ management also decided to unload shares of Animoca Brands, as it sold the company’s last block of 500,000 Animoca shares for “a realized profit of 234%.” Amid the Terra LUNA and UST fallout, on May 11, 2022, Cypherpunk Holdings sold 100 BTC and 332 ETH for just over $4 million.

With Cypherpunk Holdings removed from the Bitcoin Treasuries list, and Microstrategy’s recent purchase of 480 bitcoins, publicly-listed companies hold 268,357 BTC worth 5.382 billion at current bitcoin exchange rates. Exchange-traded products hold 828,641 BTC, countries hold 50,699 BTC, and private companies own 174,381 BTC, according to the Bitcoin Treasuries list on June 29.

What do you think about Cypherpunk Holdings dumping its bitcoin and ether because it believes “weaker price action” is coming? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,700 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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TA: Bitcoin is Plunging, But It’s Too Early to Say Bulls Have Given Up

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TA: Bitcoin is Plunging, But It’s Too Early to Say Bulls Have Given Up

Bitcoin is struggling below the $20,000 zone against the US Dollar. BTC remains at a risk of more losses if the bulls fail to protect the $19,800 support zone.

  • Bitcoin is showing bearish signs below the $21,000 and $20,500 levels.
  • The price is now trading below the $20,400 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There is a key bearish trend line forming with resistance near $20,400 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair could decline further if there is a clear move below the $19,800 zone.

Bitcoin Price Remains At Risk

Bitcoin price failed to recover above the $21,000 pivot level. The price remained in a bearish zone and extended its decline below the $20,500 support zone.

There was also a close below the $20,250 level. BTC spiked below the $20,000 level, but the bulls were active near $19,800 level. A low is formed near $19,828 and the price is now consolidating losses. It is now trading below the $20,400 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

An immediate resistance on the upside is near the $20,150 level. It is near the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $21,188 swing high to $19,828 low.

The next key resistance is near the $20,400 zone. There is also a key bearish trend line forming with resistance near $20,400 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. The trend line is near the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent decline from the $21,188 swing high to $19,828 low.

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Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

A clear move above the trend line resistance and then $20,500 could start a recovery wave. In the stated case, the price could rise towards the $20,900 level. The next major hurdle for the bulls might be near the $21,200 zone, above which the price may perhaps rise towards the $21,800 level.

More Losses in BTC?

If bitcoin fails to clear the $20,500 resistance zone, it could continue to move down. An immediate support on the downside is near the $20,000 level.

The main support now sits near the $19,800 level, below which the price could accelerate lower. The next major support sits near the $18,800 zone. Any more losses could send the price towards the $18,000 level.

Technical indicators:

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Hourly MACD – The MACD is now losing pace in the bearish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is now below the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $20,000, followed by $19,800.

Major Resistance Levels – $20,150, $20,400 and $20,500.

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Bitcoin’s [BTC] exchange inflow and outflow are signaling…

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Bitcoin’s [BTC] exchange inflow and outflow are signaling…

Bitcoin’s fall in price on 28 June can be considered quite significant for the king coin. It has effectively ripped out all the bullish surges from the past week and has reduced BTC back to the 3AC crash valuations. One may question- Is this an indication of a severe pullback or a minor setback?

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At the time of writing, BTC was hovering around $20,000 yet again, which is beginning to seem like a familiar situation for investors. This is the first time that BTC dipped to such a low in the last seven days. The cryptocurrency market was showing considerable recovery until the dip of 28 June.

BTC was down 5% in the last 24 hours of 29 June. According to CoinShares data, exchange outflows for Bitcoin specific funds accounted for $453 million in the past week.

This has in turn wiped out all the inflows deposited in the past six months. Also, as per a CryptoQuant update, there has been rampant exchange inflows on Coinbase from different age bands of Bitcoin owners.

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The largest contribution is from the six to 12 months group who were responsible for 3.1k BTC holdings. Furthermore, the 12-18 months and the three to five year bands were responsible for holdings of 200 BTC each.

Source: CryptoQuant

The latest data suggests a surge in the transaction volume on the Bitcoin network. That should have provided some respite for the otherwise stunted investors but that is not the case. As mentioned above, there is growing FUD in the crypto market and BTC is obviously an important cog in the wheel.

As per a Glassnode tweet, Exchange Outflow Volume (7d MA) just reached a 19-month low of $30,517,649.52. This has also become a cause of worry among investors with exchange inventories stacking up.

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Source: Glassnode

Notably, a daunting moment for investors was highlighted during Gary Gensler’s latest crypto talk. Gensler, the SEC Chairman told Financial Times, that there is a need for “one rule book” for crypto regulations.

“I’m talking about one rule book on the exchange,” he said.

That being said, investors have been looking for profit-making opportunities which depend on the market scenario. Now, only time will reveal if broader market condition can recover soon.

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Kanav is a journalist at AMBCrypto. He has a Masters in Media and International Conflict and is interested in areas of digital society, crypto developments in the political sphere and the socio-cultural impact of a crypto-society.

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