Open Interest in Bitcoin Futures Nearly Doubles

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  • Open interest in Bitcoin futures has nearly doubled in past the two weeks.

  • Open interest is not necessarily a predictor of price.

  • Technical analyst Tom McClellan posted a chart reflecting the trend.

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The open interest in Bitcoin futures has almost doubled in the past two weeks, jumping from just under 6,000 open contracts to nearly 10,000. The activity represents an all-time high for Bitcoin futures since their inception.

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Tom McClellan, a technical analyst and trader who boasts more than 36,000 Twitter followers, brought attention to the trend in a tweet.

Source: Twitter

Open interest represents the total number of open Bitcoin futures contracts, or positions that have not been closed by a buyer or seller.

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While open interest is not a good predictor of future price changes, it does offer insight into total market activity. When open interest is very low, activity in the market is low as well. Conversely, high open interest indicates market activity—a critical issue for Bitcoin.

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With a background in science and writing, Jon's cryptophile days started in 2011 when he first heard about Bitcoin. Since then he's been learning, investing, and writing about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology for some of the biggest publications and ICOs in the industry. After a brief stint in India, he and his family live in southern CA.

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