Bitcoin price falls under $19K as data shows pro traders avoiding leverage longs

An $860 shock worth correction on Sept. 6 took Bitcoin (BTC) from $19,820 to $18,960 in lower than two hours. The motion prompted $74 million in Bitcoin futures liquidations at derivatives exchanges, the biggest in nearly three weeks. The present $18,733 stage is the bottom since July 13 and marks a 24% correction from the rally to $25,000 on Aug. 15.

Bitcoin/USD 30-min worth. Supply: TradingView

It’s price highlighting {that a} 2% pump towards $20,200 occurred within the early hours of Sept. 6, however the transfer was rapidly subdued and Bitcoin resumed buying and selling close to $19,800 throughout the hour. Ether’s (ETH) worth motion was extra attention-grabbing, gaining 7% within the 48 hours previous the market correction.

Any conspiracy theories concerning traders altering their place to favor the altcoin could be dismissed as Ether dropped 5.6% on Sept. 6, whereas Bitcoin’s $860 loss represents a 3.8% change.

The market has been in a little bit of a rut since Aug. 27 feedback from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was followed by a $1.25 trillion loss in U.S. shares in a single day. On the annual Jackson Gap Financial Symposium, Powell stated that bigger rate of interest hikes have been nonetheless firmly on the desk, inflicting the S&P 500 to shut down 3.4% that day.

Let’s check out crypto derivatives information to know whether or not traders have been pricing larger odds of a downturn.

Professional merchants have been bearish since final week

Retail merchants often keep away from quarterly futures resulting from their worth distinction from spot markets. Nonetheless, they’re skilled merchants’ most popular devices as a result of they forestall the fluctuation of funding rates that always happens in a perpetual futures contract.

Bitcoin 3-month futures annualized premium. Supply: Laevitas

In wholesome markets, the indicator ought to commerce at a 4% to eight% annualized premium to cowl prices and related dangers. So one can safely say that derivatives merchants had been impartial to bearish for the previous month as a result of the Bitcoin futures premium remained under 3% the whole time. This information displays skilled merchants’ unwillingness so as to add leveraged lengthy (bull) positions.

One should additionally analyze the Bitcoin options markets to exclude externalities specific to the futures instrument. For example, the 25% delta skew is a telling sign when market makers and arbitrage desks are overcharging for upside or downside protection.

Bitcoin 30-day options 25% delta skew: Source: Laevitas

In bear markets, options investors give higher odds for a price dump, causing the skew indicator to rise above 12%. On the other hand, bullish markets tend to drive the skew indicator below negative 12%, meaning the bearish put options are discounted.

The 30-day delta skew had been above the 12% threshold since Sept 1, signaling options traders were less inclined to offer downside protection. These two derivatives metrics suggest that the Bitcoin price dump on Sept. 6 might have been partially expected, which explains the low impact on liquidations.

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In comparison, the $2,500 Bitcoin drop on Aug. 18 caused $210 million worth of leveraged long (buyers) liquidations. Still, the prevailing bearish sentiment does not necessarily translate to adverse price action. Therefore, one should tread carefully when whales and market markers are less inclined to add leverage longs and offer downside protection using options.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and don’t essentially replicate the views of Cointelegraph. Each funding and buying and selling transfer includes danger. You must conduct your personal analysis when making a call.