Bitcoin Open Interest

BTC News #38

Bitcoin has made it into the top 10 currencies around the world.

Think about how insane that is. A decentralized, permission-less, non-sovereign, borderless, digital currency was created in 2008 and is now in the top 10 of currencies. Bravo to everyone that lead the charge at the beginning and did their homework along the way to realize how great of an invention this is.


Last week, I taught two classes on Bitcoin on-chain metrics, Bitcoin and macro, and DeFi inside Ethereum. During the class I discussed funding rates and how they impact big moves in Bitcoin. The students seemed to really get value out of that so I decided to write about open interest and funding rates for the next two newsletters.

The Bitcoin open interest is the total number of outstanding Bitcoin derivative contracts, such as options or futures that have not been settled. When it comes to futures, we can use crypto exchanges such as Binance or Bybit which are popular platforms for futures traders. However, those are more focused on retail traders. If we want to get an idea of institutional interest we can use the CME Futures which offer Bitcoin contracts. Institutions use CME because it’s a trusted broker where large sums of money can be put to work. In addition, they don’t have to take on the risk of storing their Bitcoin while trading CME Futures. Last, it’s highly regulated in the US, giving it the credibility needed to attract institutions.

Using Glassnode, we can see the total open interest in Bitcoin futures.

We can also see it per exchange.

These are important metrics to follow to see how much interest is building in the futures derivatives market for Bitcoin and see trader sentiment for the future price.

In addition to futures, we also track the Options open interest which adds up the value of the outstanding, un-exercised options. One of the most popular options brokers in crypto is Deribit. A common strategy with options is to hedge current spot positions, especially to protect gains if you have rode the uptrend of Bitcoin.

The Bitcoin options market is useful for miners that want to get an advance on Bitcoin they expect to mine, by selling call options. Since miners usually have a good idea of how many Bitcoin they will mine based on the hashrate and their equipment, call options give them the obligation to deliver Bitcoin on a specific date and price. Since they’re making that promise on the date they enter the call option, that is when they get paid. There could be many reasons why a miner would want to do this but mainly it comes down to operating at peak efficiency.

All in all, the options market creates more stability for miners and investors to hedge their positions. This could in turn decrease volatility and allow miners to more effectively run their businesses.

Here is a chart on Bitcoin Options Open Interest.

The Bitcoin market is getting more and more sophisticated as new markets open up. All of this creates a stronger foundation for the Bitcoin market to grow and thrive and put to bed all the FUD no-coiners like to voice.

Shoutout to Nic Carter and his great article that I used as a source to write this article.


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