Bitcoin price trades under $48k as $6 billion worth of Options contract nears expiry

By Prashant Jha
December 29, 2021 Updated December 29, 2021
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Bitcoin (BTC) price slid under $48K during the late hours of 28th December and currently trading at $47,589 with a 4% decline over the past 24-hours. The top cryptocurrency managed to break past the crucial resistance of $51K earlier this week but couldn’t hold onto its gains.

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The current market downturn is being attributed to the upcoming expiry of 129.8K Options contracts this Friday. According to the skew data, the total valuation of the Options contract set for expiry is worth $6 billion. It has been a common occurrence in the crypto market where the price fluctuates and shows higher volatility in the run-up to the expiration date.

 

This price movement is typically caused by option sellers (mainly institutional traders) manipulating the spot market to push the spot price closer to the strike price at which the greatest number of open options contracts expire. For option buyers, this results in maximum losses (or “max pain”). According to a Cayman Islands-based crypto financial services firm, the maximum pain point for Friday’s option expiration is set at $48,000.

Can Bitcoin price see a trend reversal post Options expiry?

Bitcoin price is currently moving in the second support zone below $51K i.e $46K-$48K and the market still looks optimistic for recovery despite the final quarter turning out to be bearish except for October. However, the overall market sentiments remain bullish as we near the end of the year. Crypto analysts have drawn comparison to the 2021 bull run to the preceding year of 2017 bull run and believe BTC would touch new highs in 2022 and we are far from a market top at the moment.

The price of the crypto market often turns green in the wake of the Options expiry, and given the upcoming expiry is one of the largest, the price fluctuations were anticipated.

An engineering graduate, Prashant focuses on UK and Indian markets. As a crypto-journalist, his interests lie in blockchain technology adoption across emerging economies.
The presented content may include the personal opinion of the author and is subject to market condition. Do your market research before investing in cryptocurrencies. The author or the publication does not hold any responsibility for your personal financial loss.

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