Open Interest in Bitcoin Futures Nearly Doubles

1 min
17 May 2020, 21:15 GMT+0000
Updated by Gerelyn Terzo
17 May 2020, 21:15 GMT+0000
In Brief
  • 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.
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. 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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