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Here's Why Bitcoin Derivatives Surged to $56,000 on Bitfinex

Tue, 05/02/2023 - 18:08
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Alex Dovbnya
The price of Bitcoin on Bitfinex's perpetual swap market briefly surged to $56,000, fueled by a high trading volume and lack of liquidity
Here's Why Bitcoin Derivatives Surged to $56,000 on Bitfinex
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The price of Bitcoin on Bitfinex's perpetual swap market briefly surged above $56,000 earlier today, sending shockwaves across the crypto market.  

Trading volume on Bitfinex's BTC-PERP market rose to 322 BTC ($9.1 million) for two minutes, accounting for approximately 25% of the daily volume on the trading pair.

In response to the sudden price spike, Bitfinex CTO Paolo Ardoino explained that low liquidity at that moment in time was the cause.

He also assured market participants that the system worked as expected and the matching engine handled all orders correctly.

Perpetual swaps, such as the BTC-PERP market on Bitfinex, are a type of derivative contract that allows traders to speculate on the future price of an asset like Bitcoin without an expiration date.

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These contracts enable both long and short positions, allowing traders to profit from price increases and declines. To keep the perpetual swap price close to the underlying asset, funding rates are employed. Traders holding a position in the direction of the funding rate pay the opposing traders, incentivizing the market to remain balanced.

Meanwhile, Bitcoin's overall market price has spiked as well, reaching an intraday high of $28,764 earlier today on the Bitstamp exchange.

The recent drop in shares of embattled U.S. regional banks appears to have contributed to Bitcoin's recovery. 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at