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We previously mentioned how the dominance of short orders is most notable on the market during occasional price dumps of BTC. As Santiment data suggests, Bitcoin's average funding rate on centralized exchanges like Binance, BitMEX and other exchanges hit negative values, suggesting that bears are ready to pay for opening longs here.
With the most recent plunge to new lows, bears are becoming more aggressive, shorting Bitcoin even further. Considering the lack of inflows into the market and the prolonged downtrend, the first cryptocurrency cannot spike upward without a major shift in the market.
📉 Traders continue to #short whenever prices see a notable price dump. According to the $BTC average funding rate across #Binance, #BitMEX, #DYDX, and #FTX, the reaction to Friday's drop was the most aggressive traders went against markets since May. 😮 https://t.co/x3rRvK9VOV pic.twitter.com/QzuyELTCws— Santiment (@santimentfeed) August 30, 2022
Analysts are also suggesting that Friday's drop was the most aggressive traders have gone against the digital gold since May, when the price of BTC tumbled down from almost $40,000 to $25,600 in just a few days. The move caused one of the biggest volume spikes in the history of the asset as retail investors started rapidly closing their positions and tethering out.
Notably, the plunge we saw in June that sent BTC below $20,000 did not bring that much of a problem to the market, considering the majority of participants already left it and the volatility we saw back then was a result of a low liquidity.
The situation has changed today as, between July 10 and Aug. 17, the cryptocurrency market saw enough inflows that would help it to return to an adequate price range and gain back the lost liquidity.
Only a few scenarios are left here, as Bitcoin will either face a massive short squeeze and spike up, going against the majority, or will simply follow the trend and reach new local lows that most market participants expect, considering their behavior.