Bitcoin today registered one of its largest price crash in a single session when its price fell from above $34,000 to a daily low of $28,772 registering a fall of over $5,000 within a few hours. The top cryptocurrency has recovered well in the past hour and currently trading just below $32,000. While many were quick to call the recent all-time-high of above $34,608 as short term top, primarily because of the significantly high funding rates on Binance.
When the price of BTC started to crash the funding rate across major exchanges was near an all-time-highs.
$BTC aggregated funding rate by hour across all exchanges just hit the all-time high.
— CryptoQuant.com (@cryptoquant_com) January 4, 2021
Many would wonder what does funding rate has to do with Bitcoin’s price, well there is a correlation that suggests,
if funding is positive, longs are paying shorts. if it is very high (>.1%) it means the market is disproportionately long and there is a lot of incentive to be short, so generally, you’d expect a correction of some sort. but none is given and the price could continue to go up a lot
Funding Rate Cools Down As the US Market Opens
Today’s market meltdown was largely attributed to Korean whales selling in heaps to take away the profit made over the past week. However, as soon as the US market opened the funding rates have come down to their average of around 0.02. This has also prompted many to predict the current bull rally to continue for another leg.
The bull market isn't over and the funding rate seems to return back.
— Ki Young Ju 주기영 (@ki_young_ju) January 4, 2021
The top cryptocurrency is currently trying to breach the $32,000 mark again to solidify its position and make it strong support, as it has done throughout this bull run. Bitcoin has managed to surpass most of the critical resistance despite numerous flash crashes owing to the ongoing institutional buying spree. Microstrategy bought nearly $650 million worth of bitcoin during the last dip at $21,925 showing the growing appetite for bitcoin.
Monday has also become quite significant for bitcoin during this bull rally as institutions such as Grayscale, Square Inc and PayPal start buying bitcoin after the two-days pause during the weekend. These incisions have helped bitcoin overcome most of the price correction within a day. Even the current $5,000 crash which might seem quite big but it was not even 20% of the current bitcoin market. Bitcoin has managed to recover from a 50% crash this March, thus bitcoin proponents were not fazed by this one either and called it another opportunity to buy the dip.