Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market cap, tumbled below the $45,000 price level this morning, leading to a market-wide price carnage as a result.
Data further shows over $328 million worth of crypto positions were ‘liquidated’ this morning, with over 87,000 individual trading accounts affected. The market, however, seemed to temporarily stabilize at press time, putting a stop to what was the second sudden drop in as many weeks in the crypto market.
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‘Liquidations,’ for the uninitiated, occur when leveraged positions are automatically closed out by exchanges/brokerages as a “safety mechanism.” Futures and margin traders—who borrow capital from exchanges (usually in multiples) to place bigger bets—put up a small collateral amount before placing a trade.
In traderspeak, ‘longs’ occur when investors are betting on prices of a certain asset to rise, while ‘shorts’ occur when they are betting against that asset.
Bitcoin ‘longs’ took a bulk of those liquidations this morning, data from analytics tool Bybt shows. $93 million worth of Bitcoin futures positions were liquidated, with $62 million—65% of all traders—of those being longs.
The overall trend seems to have slightly shifted as well. As the below image shows, Bitcoin broke below its $46,800 support to reach its current $44,200 support level. It has lost 13% of its value in the past week alone, and has the next ‘support’ level at $40,000 should prices fall further downward.
In terms of other cryptocurrencies, next in line with liquidations was Ethereum—with over $47 million worth of liquidations on ETH longs, accounting for $70 million in all. Solana, Cardano, Polkadot, and XRP followed ETH, with $26 million, $22 million, $12 million, and $10 million worth of liquidations respectively.
As such, Bybit took a bulk of all liquidations with $103 million, followed by Binance at $97 million, OKEx at $69 million, and FTX at $49 million.