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Bitcoin Futures on Bakkt reflects low OI and low volumes

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Bitcoin’s price has been like landmines lately, going off at regular, but unexpected intervals, while also slashing the growth of most altcoins. The recent carnage in the Bitcoin market was reflected not only in the altcoin market, but also in its derivatives market. Bakkt Bitcoin Futures is one such product suffering from the slumping price of BTC.

According to data provider Skew markets, the Bitcoin volume along with Open Interest [OI] was fairly low. The volume on 6 March was noted to be $15 million, whereas the OI was just around $8.6 million. However, when the market opened on 9 March, rising volume was recorded, but with decreased OI. The volume reported was $19.7 million, but the OI had fallen to $7.2 million.

Despite the bearish nature of the market, on 10 March, Bakkt BTC Futures registered a volume of $18.8 million with a growing OI at $8.2 million. However, CME was way ahead of these values as on its slowest day, it recorded a volume of $88 million and an OI of $217 million. This could be indicative of restricted demand from institutional investors due to the uncertainty in Bitcoin’s spot price.

The general interest in the market appeared to be quite positive as most Futures contracts expected the price of Bitcoin to rise. The annualized % basis chart by Skew highlighted that OKEx users expected the price of BTC to fall by 5.67% by 13 March, whereas Deribit and FTX contracts extended till September 2020, but did not expect a massive rise in Bitcoin’s price.

Source: Skew

Source: Skew

On Deribit and FTX, the price of the crypto-asset has been estimated to rise by 8% and 9%, respectively, at press time.


Namrata is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto covering the US and Indian market. A graduate in Mass communication, while majoring in Journalism, she writes mainly about regulations and its impact with a focus on technological advancements in the crypto space.
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