This week, TokenInsight takes a look at what is going on with Bitcoin now.
An Unusual Friday
Friday is the weekly derivatives delivery day. Compared with the usual Friday, July 30th, this Friday is not ordinary.
The rapid rise of open interest usually occurs before the quarterly delivery, but in normal times, it may be a signal of the activities of "whales" (large digital asset market players) and investors who have obtained information in advance. Other signals are also available at this time. It may follow.
Comparing annual data, it can be found a similar situation occurred in September last year. And afterwards, the Bitcoin and even the digital asset market ushered in a bull market that lasted until May. The recovery of options and even other derivatives trading enthusiasm seems to herald the improvement of the market in the future.
This seems to be a good sign, but not that kind of good. In the past, under the guidance of the macro market, the changes in the open interest of option contracts were often related to the market macro conditions. Therefore, it can be found that the increase in the open interest of option contracts of mainstream digital assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum showed the same trend of "increase and decrease". However, this time the contract increment is concentrated on Bitcoin, and the Ethereum contract increment has even declined compared to last week.
Is it "Hot Money" or Is Market Confidence Back?
The incremental rise of this option contract takes the same form and is similar to it. Judging from the data this week, due to the lack of long-term expectations, it is likely that short-term planners will sell after the option pushes the price up to make a profit. However, judging from the spot market, options are not the only reason for the price increase.
The rapid increase in Bitcoin was accompanied by a sharp drop in the exchange wallet balance. According to Bybt, the outflow of bitcoins from major exchanges reached a staggering 175,458.75 in the past week, and most of them were large-scale outflows. The reason is temporarily unknown. The weekly spot purchases caused by the gamma squeeze will not exceed 20,000 Bitcoins, and the outflow of more than 170,000 Bitcoin does not seem to be the effect of the option market.
This leads to an interesting inference: the market's turnaround is guided by the rise of volatility, and the rising volatility is driven by volatility derivatives such as options. After the volatility rises, the market activity increases, triggering spot buying, and finally the market changes from "virtual bull" to "real bull". This is very different from the traditional market: the volatility in the traditional market is often dominated by the macro level, and the long-term push effect of derivatives on asset prices is not significant. But for the digital asset market, derivatives drive not only prices, but also expectations and confidence. The influence of expectations and confidence in the digital asset market means much more than that of traditional markets.
Skewness is one of the important indicators reflecting market confidence. From the perspective of skewness, both the short-term and medium-term skewness have turned positive, and market confidence has recovered significantly. A large number of Bitcoins transferred from exchanges seems to indicate strong spot buying, which means that price increases triggered by fluctuations in the derivatives market ultimately boost market confidence and are beneficial to short-term price trends. But no one knows how long market confidence can last.