Liquidations in longs reached a high at the start of December last year as Bitcoin prices tumbled, but the tide appears to be shifting. Will the momentum last or will it be a dead cat bounce?
The last three months have been a tumultuous time for the cryptocurrency industry, with many popular digital assets falling from their highest ever prices and losing a significant value in this time.
Led by Bitcoin, which fell from its all-time highest value of $68,789 in early November down to under $34,000 in January — equivalent to a decline of more than 50%. Most altcoins, on the other hand, were hit far harder, with losses of 70-90% seen almost across the board.
This time has been marked by a large number of major liquidation events, with seven events wiping out more than $500 million in longs in a single sweep. The largest among these occurred in early December, with a whopping $1.6 billion in longs liquidated as Bitcoin was sent tumbling below the crucial support threshold of $50,000, with other altcoins following suit.
But as of late January, the tide appears to be turning, and the ratio of short to long liquidations is beginning to appear bullish, with smaller long liquidations and larger short liquidations taking place in the last month. At the same time, Bitcoin has rallied strongly and recently passed through the $45,000 resistance, indicating an overall change in market sentiment.
With speculation of a so-called Bitcoin supercycle heating up, there is good reason to believe that an even stronger short squeeze may be on the way, with Bitcoin and other prominent cryptocurrencies potentially on the cusp of a strong further leg up.