Recent data reveals that open interest in Bitcoin futures is surging, raising concerns about potential price volatility in the cryptocurrency market.
Exploring Overheating Bitcoin Open Interest
Bitcoin’s futures open interest (OI) often acts as both a driving force behind price surges and a barometer of impending price declines. Despite a year-long decline in the total circulating supply of stablecoins, the futures market has been a key driver of Bitcoin’s price appreciation this year.
For the first seven to eight months of this year, Bitcoin’s price went up as the futures interest grew. However, as they say, what goes up must come down.
In June 2023, Bitcoin’s futures interest hit an “overheating” point, and within two months, the price fell. A similar scenario unfolded in October 2022, when OI was still in the overheating zone, and November 2022 witnessed a significant futures liquidation event
When Bitcoin’s future interest increases, it means more people are making bets on its future price. Generally, this results in more risky trading, which can lead to price fluctuations and chaos.
So, when Bitcoin’s futures interest is high, it often signals that Bitcoin’s price might become more volatile.
Bitcoin Futures and Options Reach Record Highs
Furthermore, a recent report from Coinpedia highlights that Bitcoin futures contracts and options holdings have achieved all-time highs. The open interest in Bitcoin futures has recently exceeded $15.83 billion, marking the highest level since early June 2022.
Bitcoin options holdings have also surged, currently standing at around $15 billion, with a historical peak of $17.73 billion reached on October 27. Notably, open interest in Bitcoin futures contracts has increased by 33.5% since October, indicating a growing interest in cryptocurrency trading.
The evolving market landscape raises questions about whether Bitcoin will continue to maintain its prominence in the world of finance.