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Bitcoin Futures Open Interest Skyrockets To $13B; CME Tops Chart


Bitcoin continued to break new records as it oscillated back and forth a little below $40k. Following the price recovery in the spot market, optimism was also noted across the derivatives sector.

According to the latest stats compiled by Skew Analytics’ data dashboard, aggregated open interest [OI] in Bitcoin futures across the 12 biggest cryptocurrency exchanges surpassed a whopping $13 billion.

With this, OI hit a fresh ATH yet again on the 14th of January as interest in the market continued to soar high.

CME Tops The Chart For Bitcoin Futures OI

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Out of the total OI figure, CME Group’s bitcoin futures accounted for $2.39 billion as the platform continued to soar in popularity as more institutional investors flock to the sector.

CME was followed by OKEx with $2.08 billion, Binance with $2.05, and Huobi with $1.04 billion. The once leading derivatives giant BitMEX was in the 8th position on the Skew charts amassing an OI of $0.88 billion.

Unlike CME which went on to become the largest market for Bitcoin Futures, ICE’s crypto venture, Bakkt has been laying low in terms of the OI numbers recording a mere $0.05 billion on the same day.

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The latest news comes after a large liquidation event following the biggest price dump of the year. Despite more than $1 billion buy liquidation, the appetite of the futures contract trades appeared to be bullish as depicted by the OI figures. It was clear that the impact of the recent liquidations was in no match for the bullish outlook among the market participants.

Optimism From Professional Traders: Strong Bullish Projection For Bitcoin

The above charts also evidenced more and more inflow of money into the market, as traders expect a near-term rise in the crypto-asset’s volatility which was indeed a positive development for its spot price. Noting the rising optimism, prominent analyst Joseph Young tweeted,

“Bitcoin futures open interest is back to an all-time high once again. Open interest = the sum of all futures contracts in the market. When the market crowded, massive price swings like the Jan. 12 20% drop become more likely. Another flush drop above $42k could happen again.”

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