Here’s why holding $20.8K will be critical in this week’s $1B Bitcoin options expiry

Bitcoin (BTC) skilled a 16.5% correction between Aug. 15 and Aug. 19 because it examined the $20,800 assist. Whereas the drop is startling, in actuality a $4,050 value distinction is comparatively insignificant, particularly when one accounts for Bitcoin’s 72% annualized volatility.

Presently, the S&P 500’s volatility stands at 31%, which is considerably decrease, but the index traded down 9.1% between June 8 and June 13. So, comparatively talking, the index of main U.S. listed firms confronted a extra abrupt motion adjusted for the historic danger metric.

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In the beginning of this week, crypto investors’ sentiment worsened after weaker circumstances in Chinese language actual property markets compelled the central financial institution to cut back its five-year mortgage prime fee on Aug. 21. Furthermore, a Goldman Sachs funding financial institution strategist said that inflationary strain would drive the U.S. Federal Reserve to additional tighten the economic system, which negatively impacts the S&P 500.

Whatever the correlation between shares and Bitcoin, which is presently working at 80/100, buyers have a tendency to hunt shelter within the U.S. greenback and inflation-protected bonds once they worry a disaster or market crash. This motion is called a “flight to high quality” and tends so as to add promoting strain on all danger markets, together with cryptocurrencies.

Regardless of the bears’ greatest efforts, Bitcoin has not been in a position to break beneath the $20,800 assist. This motion explains why the $1 billion Bitcoin month-to-month choices expiry on Aug. 26 may benefit bulls regardless of the current 16.5% loss in 5 days.

Most bullish bets are above $22,000

Bitcoin’s steep correction after failing to interrupt the $25,000 resistance on Aug. 15 stunned bulls as a result of solely 12% of the decision (purchase) choices for the month-to-month expiry have been positioned above $22,000. Thus, Bitcoin bears are higher positioned although they positioned fewer bets.

Bitcoin choices combination open curiosity for Aug. 26. Supply: CoinGlass

A broader view utilizing the 1.25 call-to-put ratio exhibits extra bullish bets as a result of the decision (purchase) open curiosity stands at $560 million in opposition to the $450 million put (promote) choices. Nonetheless, as Bitcoin presently stands beneath $22,000, most bullish bets will possible turn out to be nugatory.

As an example, if Bitcoin’s value stays beneath $22,000 at 8:00 am UTC on Aug. 26, solely $34 million price of those put (promote) choices can be obtainable. This distinction occurs as a result of there is no such thing as a use in the appropriate to promote Bitcoin beneath $22,000 if it trades above that degree on expiry.

Bulls might safe a $160 million revenue

Under are the 4 most definitely situations based mostly on the present value motion. The variety of choices contracts obtainable on Aug. 26 for name (bull) and put (bear) devices varies, relying on the expiry value. The imbalance favoring either side constitutes the theoretical revenue:

  • Between $20,000 and $21,000: 1,100 calls vs. 8,200 places. The web end result favors bears by $140 million.
  • Between $21,000 and $22,000: 1,600 calls vs. 6,350 places. The web end result favors bears by $100 million.
  • Between $22,000 and $24,000: 5,000 calls vs. 4,700 places. The web result’s balanced between bulls and bears.
  • Between $24,000 and $25,000: 7,700 calls vs. 1,000 places. The web end result favors bulls by $160 million.

This crude estimate considers the decision choices utilized in bullish bets and the put choices solely in neutral-to-bearish trades. Even so, this oversimplification disregards extra complicated funding methods.

Holding $20,800 is vital, particularly after bulls had been liquidated in futures market

Bitcoin bulls must push the worth above $22,000 on Aug. 26 to steadiness the scales and keep away from a possible $140 million loss. Nonetheless, Bitcoin bulls had $210 million price of leverage lengthy futures positions liquidated on Aug. 18, so they’re much less inclined to push the worth greater within the quick time period.

With that stated, probably the most possible situation for Aug. 26 is the $22,000 to $24,000 vary offering a balanced consequence between bulls and bears.

If bears present some energy and BTC loses the vital $20,800 assist, the $140 million loss within the month-to-month expiry would be the least of their issues. As well as, the transfer would invalidate the earlier $20,800 low on July 26, successfully breaking a 7-week-long ascending development.

The views and opinions expressed listed below are solely these of the author and don’t essentially replicate the views of Cointelegraph. Each funding and buying and selling transfer entails danger. You need to conduct your personal analysis when making a choice.