Bitcoin [BTC] price closes the week on a negative note below the 200-Period Moving Average on a weekly scale. Moreover, economic panic due to the coronavirus seems to be getting worse as Fed announces extreme QE measures to address the emergency.
The price of Bitcoin [BTC] at 3: 45 hours UTC on 16th March 2019 is $5267.
The funding rate on BitMEX exchange is now in the negative 0.3-0.4% range daily. These levels of short have never been seen before on the exchange. Even during the the bear markets of 2018.
The last few months had seen extreme bullish penchant driving the market above $10,000. Nevertheless, the longs have been purged by more around $2.15 billion in liquidation during the last week on BitMEX alone.
Furthermore, the difference between longs and shorts on Bitfinex has dropped to 10,000 contracts from highs above 35,000 during February.
Prominent derivatives and crypto trader, B.Biddles tweeted on the situation,
In the past, crypto markets witnessed massive short squeeze during the run from $4,200 to $14,000 last year. While majority of markets expected correction around $6000-$8000, the parabolic run caused a massive uptrend along with short liquidations.
B.Biddles also added that the derivatives algorithms were dominating the price action since last summer. The purge due to the virus has shifted the market back to organics.
Nevertheless, the current economic environment is far from rational or organic, at the moment. The large scale sell-off to cash positions to address the emergency created by Coronavirus is adversely affecting all asset classes. Hence, a decline due to sell in the spot markets now could plunge BTC to new yearly lows.
The extremities in the funding rate, however, creates a huge threat of a squeeze which is characteristic of the Bitcoin derivatives market. Investors must look to resort to risk management techniques to prepare for tremendous volatility in the market.