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Retail traders become ‘sitting ducks’ as sell-off triggers $1.4B liquidation

Retail traders have been using high leverage throughout the current bull market, but that's not the real reason for today's marketwide sell-off. After flirting with a $2 trillion market capitalization for the last couple of days, the cryptocurrency market took a 7% hit on April 7, dropping the total crypto market cap to $1.8 trillion. As the unexpected sell-off took place, investors scrambled to find a reason to explain the move. Analysts typically identify the use of excessive leverage as the prime suspect, as this usually occurs as the market reaches an all-time high and traders get greedy, but this…

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BlackRock Is Now “Dabbling” in Crypto Futures

Asset manager BlackRock says it has made more than $350,000 in bitcoin futures over the past three months. The company has been dabbling in such futures since January and has garnered a pretty profit in return. BlackRock Is Beginning to Make Money On BTC Futures As it stands, two funds associated with BlackRock have permission to invest in crypto futures according to documentation brought forth by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). At the time of writing, BlackRock currently manages more than $8.5 trillion in overall assets, which means that the amount allocated in bitcoin futures is quite small, though…

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Top Bitcoin Influencer Closes Bullish Position on Price Dump Fears

Bitcoin risks falling below $50,000, according to a trade setup shared by Jonny Moe, an independent market analyst. The social media influencer, widely tracked by investors and traders in the cryptocurrency space, unveiled the bearish setup in a tweet published early Tuesday. He closed what he called “leverage long” positions, which refers to the indebted purchase of an asset with anticipation that it will increase in value. The move indicated that Mr. Moe expects the bitcoin price to correct massively in the sessions ahead. “I’ve closed up leverage longs until [the bearish setup] sorts itself to where I’m not completely…

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BTC Futures Open Interest Hits $23B, Binance Captures Lion’s Share, Signals Say 43% Chance of $64K Bitcoin by Month’s End

Bitcoin futures open interest on Monday has crossed $23 billion according to data recorded on April 5. The crypto asset exchange Binance has taken the lead as far as open interest in bitcoin futures is concerned with a massive $10.5 billion in open interest. Binance Captures the Bitcoin Futures Lead Not too long ago, Bitcoin.com’s newsdesk reported on CME Group capturing the lead as far as open interest in bitcoin futures. Today, that’s no longer the case, as Binance has jumped ahead of the pack as far as delivering futures derivatives products for BTC. Skew.com analytics indicates that Binance is…

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SEC Filing Shows Blackrock Held Bitcoin Futures Contracts Worth $6.15 Million

After signaling its intention to get exposed to bitcoin, Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager, has now revealed its initial investments toward the crypto asset. According to the asset manager’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 31, Blackrock, through its Global Allocation Fund, held 37 bitcoin futures contracts worth $6.15 million. According to one report, the contracts, which expired on March 26, had already appreciated in value by some $360,458. Meanwhile, with this modest investment into bitcoin futures, Blackrock’s SEC filing proves the leading asset manager has acted on its promise to invest in the crypto…

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A világ legnagyobb eszközkezelője bitcoin opciós szerződéseket kötött

A BlackRock a világ legnagyobb eszközkezelőjének számít, amely már régóta kacérkodik a bitcoinnal és a kriptovalutákkal. Még tavaly decemberben nyílt a cégnél egy állás blokklánccal foglalkozó csoport vezetésére, januárban pedig kiderült, hogy már színesítik is a portfóliót. Ez utóbbi akkor derült ki, amikor a SEC-nek leadott jelentésben olvasható volt, hogy a cég megengedte a befektetési alapjai részére, hogy bitcoint is rakjanak a portfóliókba. És maga a BlackRock vezérigazgató, Rick Rieder is beszélt erről egy korábbi interjújában. A BlackRock most már tényleg beszállt a bitcoinba És a frissen beadott SEC jelentések szerint a BlackRock Global Allocation Fund 37 opciós bitcoin szerződéssel…

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BlackRock SEC filings show $360K gained from Bitcoin futures

The filing from the regulatory body comes after BlackRock chief investment officer Rick Rieder said the firm had “started to dabble” in crypto. A filing from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission shows BlackRock Financial Management’s Bitcoin futures contracts have appreciated significantly this year. According to BlackRock’s monthly portfolio investments report released by the SEC today, the firm held 37 Bitcoin futures contracts issued through the Chicago Mercantile Exchange which expired on March 26. The contracts appreciated by $360,457. The gains from the Bitcoin (BTC) futures represent roughly 0.00142% of BlackRock’s Global Allocation Fund, or 6.12 BTC at the time…

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CME Group Announces Plans To Debut Micro Bitcoin Futures In May

One of the world’s largest derivatives exchanges, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), is planning to launch micro bitcoin futures contracts in May, thus enabling traders to speculate on fractional units of BTC. CME’s new product is, however, pending approval from U.S. regulators. CME Group Expands Bitcoin Offering To Include Small-Sized Futures According to an official announcement on March 30, the new offering will be one-tenth the size of one bitcoin. For perspective, the standard CME futures contract is sized at 5 BTC (equivalent to $295,000). In contrast, the new micro futures contract will be worth 0.1 BTC — or $5,900.…

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Bitcoin futures premium hits 30% but analyst says ‘This time it’s different’

Futures traders are using excessive leverage and historical data shows Bitcoin price crashes tend to occur after the futures premium reaches 30%. March 30 could become a historical day that will be remembered by Bitcoin (BTC) fans for a long time. Besides marking a 17% recovery from the $50,300 bottom on March 25, PayPal officially confirmed that it will support crypto payments for U.S. customers. Moreover, CME Group announced that its Micro Bitcoin futures contracts will launch on May 3 with the contract size starting at 0.1 BTC each.  Additional bullish news came as Morning Brew, a daily business newsletter…

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CME Launches 0.1 BTC Cash-Settled Futures Contracts on May 3rd

Smaller investors would be able to take advantage of CME’s regulated Bitcoin futures contracts as of May 3rd, the organization announced earlier today. This would be possible in the form of so-called Micro BTC futures contracts, which will be one-tenth the size of one bitcoin. Micro Bitcoin Futures Contracts on CME Founded over a century ago, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is among the largest global derivatives marketplaces and one of the first-ever regulated establishments to display a pro-cryptocurrency approach. Back in late 2017, the CME Group launched cash-settled Bitcoin futures contracts. Earlier today, the Chicago-based organization announced an expansion of…

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CME Group set to launch Micro Bitcoin futures

The new futures contract will launch on May 3, 2021, pending regulatory approval. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, or CME, has unveiled plans to launch a new Bitcoin (BTC) derivatives product that will enable traders to speculate on fractional units of the flagship digital currency. CME Group’s Micro Bitcoin futures contract, which is set to launch May 3 pending regulatory approval, will be worth 0.1 BTC. The smaller contract size provides market participants with an additional tool to hedge their Bitcoin price risk, CME said Tuesday. CME’s current Bitcoin contract unit is 5 BTC. Tim McCourt, CME Group’s global head of…

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Bitcoin Markets Ready for Record $6 Billion Options Expiration

Analysts are suggesting that the record $6 billion in options due to expire on Friday, March 26, could add increased short-term selling pressure and volatility to markets. According to derivatives data platform Bybt, over $5.5 billion in options contracts due to expire today, and previous expirations have impacted spot markets. Options are a little like futures in that the derivatives contracts give traders the right but not the obligation to sell or buy an asset for a predetermined price. Analysts Eye Bitcoin Max Pain The last Friday of the month has been significant for Bitcoin prices as it has dropped…

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CBOE keen to meet high demand for crypto from retail, institutions, says CEO

Ed Tilly, the CEO of Cboe Global Markets, says that the Chicago-based exchange holding company hasn't “given up on” crypto, despite earlier setbacks. Chicago-based exchange holding company Cboe markets — an early pioneer of regulated Bitcoin futures trading in the United States — plans to build out more futures products within the crypto sector in future.  In a new interview with BNN Bloomberg on March 25, CEO Ed Tilly said that the company's not always straightforward journey until now by no means dampened its commitment.  Having been the first North American exchange to list Bitcoin (BTC) futures back in Dec.…

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Back to Bitcoin: CBOE Re-enters the Cryptocurrency Space

The skyrocketing demand among institutions towards BTC seems to have changed CBOE’s approach. Two years after closing its Bitcoin futures platform, the CEO of the options exchange indicated that his organization plans to develop new initiatives focusing on various BTC-related products.  The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), among the largest options exchanges in the US, was the first regulated entity to launch BTC futures in December 2017 – amid the parabolic price increase that drove the asset to near $20,000.  However, the organization had a change of heart just 15 months later – following the year-long bear market that saw…

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Bitcoin In Contango: How Pricing Differences Can Foreshadow Further Gains

Major differences in the spot price for bitcoin and the cost of buying the cryptocurrency in the futures market create unique opportunities for traders. Several factors may be behind this development, but it could be bullish for the bitcoin price outlook no matter the catalyst. Curious Developments Could Highlight Supply Shortage or Heightened Derivatives Demand As bitcoin gradually matures and the ecosystem surrounding it expands further, the original cryptocurrency is increasingly behaving like a commodity. Thanks to a robust futures market that continues to grow, derivatives contracts on bitcoin also gain popularity and meaningfully impact its pricing structure. This has…

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Bitcoin options open interest sets new high sparked by rising liquidity

Bitcoin options open interest hits an all-time high as increased liquidity points to investors still being bullish on BTC. Open interest for Bitcoin options hit their all-time high of $2.14 billion on Sept. 24, a day before a huge quarterly expiry of 89,100 contracts — i.e., 47% of existing options contracts at the time. Options are derivative contracts that give the holder the right (though not an obligation) to purchase or sell an underlying asset at a predetermined price, also known as the “strike price.” Observing the OI trends before every monthly and quarterly expiry, there are spikes just before…

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What BitMEX scandal? Bitcoin futures data shows traders focused on $12K

Bitcoin futures and options sentiment held steady despite the BitMEX and Kucoin news, signaling a $12K bull run is near. BitMEX used to be the indisputable leader of Bitcoin (BTC) futures trading and if something similar to yesterday's civil enforcement action were to happen back in 2015-2018 the crypto markets would have completely collapsed. Regardless of partial recovery to $10,600, which was relatively quick, derivatives markets held steady during the $500 drop down to $10,400. Neither BTC futures or options displayed any signs of discomfort to the negative news. The futures market nearly ignored the entire event and this is…

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When you wake up to dropping open interest in Bitcoin!

Bitcoin futures open interest on CME has dropped following the drop in spot prices across exchanges. However, the drop started on September 15, with a recovery last week, and it has continued. Though open interest and trading volume on derivatives exchanges doesn’t have a direct impact on the price, it has an impact on institutional […] The post When you wake up to dropping open interest in Bitcoin! appeared first on AMBCrypto.

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Could Bitcoin futures’ low premium be a good entry point for traders?

The volatility in the crypto market has been growing and Bitcoin has broken out of its consolidation phase. This uptick in volatility may indicate a larger game at play for the future of Bitcoin. This expectation has been in the market for a long time, even when BTC consolidated and more and more users were […] The post Could Bitcoin futures’ low premium be a good entry point for traders? appeared first on AMBCrypto.

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