‘Long’ing for BTC? Here’s how recent trader behavior will help you
- Bitcoin sees positive interest from traders as price rallies and accumulation increases.
- However, whales start to sell their holdings as selling pressure rises.
Bitcoin’s [BTC] recent price surge caused some skeptics to speculate that its rally might be short-lived, as investors looked to sell off their holdings at a profit. However, it seems that many traders have become more optimistic about the future of BTC.
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Taking some calls
This newfound optimism was reflected in the options market, where traders were buying more call options for Bitcoin. Call options give the holder the right to buy Bitcoin at a predetermined price in the future, and traders typically purchase them when they believe that the price of Bitcoin will rise.
The high number of call options being taken for Bitcoin suggested that many traders were bullish on the cryptocurrency and were expecting its price to increase.
For the first time, the amount of Open Interest in #Bitcoin Options contracts ($10.3B) has surpassed that held in Futures contracts ($10.0B).
Futures OI has been relatively flat in 2023.
This results from significant call option buys, as investors start to speculate on higher… pic.twitter.com/JtKM0uQwZP
— glassnode (@glassnode) April 8, 2023
Additionally, the accumulation of Bitcoin also increased over the last few weeks. According to Glassnode’s data, the number of non-zero addresses on Bitcoin reached an ATH.
However, the same sentiment wasn’t shared by whales, who were observed to be distributing their holdings.
Reasons to be concerned
A reason for whales selling their holdings would be the BTC’s increasing MVRV ratio. This indicated that the majority of Bitcoin addresses were holding positions that were in profit at press time. Consequently, these addresses were more likely to sell their Bitcoin, which could contribute to downward pressure on the price of Bitcoin.
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In addition, the total fees earned by Bitcoin miners decreased recently, which could exacerbate the selling pressure on miners. These factors could impact the price of Bitcoin negatively in the future.
However, there were some positive developments on the Bitcoin network as well. For instance, the number of NFT trades happening on the Bitcoin network remained consistent. The daily active addresses on the network and BTC’s velocity also remained high over the last few months.