Bitcoin Options Open Interest Hits $1bn on Deribit

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In Brief
  • Open interest in Bitcoin options is growing across major exchanges post-halving.

  • Demand reflects a healthy and liquid options market.

  • Deribit, an EU-based BTC derivatives platform, reported $1 billion worth of open interest in Bitcoin options for the first time.

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The value of Bitcoin options contracts currently open at derivatives exchange Deribit has reached $1 billion. It’s the first time ever that open interest in options at the trading venue has hit 10 figures.

On April 20, there were just $522 million worth of open contracts for the Bitcoin options offered by Deribit. Whilst the increasing open interest in options says little about which way traders are anticipating the price of the underlying asset to move, it does indicate a healthy market growing in liquidity.

In addition to the increasing open interest at Deribit, Bitcoin market analysis firm Skew also shows open interest growing across the major exchanges offering Bitcoin options. In recent weeks, open interest in CME Bitcoin options has also been increasing rapidly.

One month ago, there were just $10.4 million worth of open options at the exchange. Today, Skew reports $174 million in open interest in the derivative products.

Source: Twitter

Open interest in Bitcoin options over the last month has largely trended upwards in tandem with price. The price dip just before the third Bitcoin halving to date coincided with a temporary lull in open interest.

BeInCrypto recently reported on surging open interest in other Bitcoin derivatives. In fact, over the last 10 days, the value of open Bitcoin futures contracts across those exchanges offering them has doubled.

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A former professional gambler, Rick first found Bitcoin in 2013 whilst researching alternative payment methods to use at online casinos. After transitioning to writing full-time in 2016, he put a growing passion for Bitcoin to work for him. He has since written for a number of digital asset publications.

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