Bitcoin options open interest has reached $9.6 billion according to derivatives market data as the metric is nearing the high captured on January 7, 2021. Moreover, the aggregate open interest in bitcoin futures is steadily nearing all-time highs.
While cryptocurrency spot markets have consolidated, bitcoin-based derivatives markets have seen continuous action. At the time of publication, both bitcoin futures and options open interest has been rising significantly.
For instance, researchers at skew.com recently tweeted that “bitcoin futures open interest [is] quickly bouncing back to a new all-time high.” Skew also added that CME Group was now the largest open interest “by some margin.” Data from exchanges dealing with bitcoin futures shows that open interest continues to climb.
Okex holds the reins as far as bitcoin futures open interest today, followed by the platforms CME and Binance. These three leading bitcoin derivatives markets are followed by Huobi, Bybit, FTX, Bitmex, Deribit, Bitfinex, Kraken, and Coinflex respectively.
In addition to bitcoin futures nearing all-time highs in terms of open interest, ethereum futures and options have seen increased demand as well as the crypto asset’s spot markets near all-time price highs as well. Skew analytics indicates total ETH options interest is around $1.7 billion with Deribit commanding $1.5 billion. Deribit’s ETH options open interest is followed by Okex ($153M), Bitc.com ($41M), and Huobi ($9.7M).
Alongside the desire for crypto futures, bitcoin options have increased substantially during the first month of 2021. The estimated notional value of all open bitcoin options positions is $9.6 billion with an expiry set for January 29, 2021.
The crypto exchange Deribit commands the lion’s share of BTC options with 84.37% ($8.1B) of open interest. Deribit is followed by derivatives platforms such as Okex ($511M), Bit.com ($470M), CME ($398M), Ledgerx ($176M), and Huobi ($9.4M).
The aggregate of open interest on bitcoin options has swelled progressively over the last six months. Data from Bybit’s 24-hour long/short ratio shows shorts are up 50.64% while longs are 49.36%.
BTC longs and shorts stemming from Bitfinex according to Tradingview data shows longs are increasing while BTC/USD shorts have remained low.
The increased demand for bitcoin-based derivatives, follows BTC’s lifetime all-time price high of $42,000 recorded only 12 days ago. At the time of publication, BTC/USD spot market prices are still down 11.8% since touching the $42k handle.
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