Breaking Sunday Bitcoin Flash Crash Sees $10 Billion in Positions Liquidated

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In Brief
  • Roughly $4 billion in positions liquidated within one hour.

  • Majority of liquidated positions were long trades.

  • Bitcoin, ETH, and XRP positions took the biggest hits.

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Sunday saw bitcoin flash crash, causing large-scale liquidations across the board. With the total market capitalization dropping by almost $4 billion

Bitcoin dumped nearly $10,000 in price on Sunday morning as it hit a low of $50,900 on Binance exchange. Reaching lows last seen in early March. 

While bitcoin saw some recovery following the dump, the cryptocurrency is still down over 9% on the day. 

Source: Tradingview 

Flash crash liquidates $10 billion

According to Bybt, the last twenty four hours saw a new record in liquidations. With over one million positions being wiped off the books. Totalling a mammoth $10 billion in positions that were liquidated. 

The single biggest position saw a BTC trade on Binance lose $68.73 million. While the market managed to see some recovery, the majority of longs had already succumbed to the dump. 

Source: Bybt

Binance was the top exchange in terms of liquidations, accounting for over 49% of losing positions, or $4.94 billion. Huobi was second with 17% of the positions, or $1.72 billion in liquidations. 

Sunday’s flash crash became the single biggest daily liquidation event following March 15. Which saw $2.4 billion in liquidations occur when BTC dumped from $60,000 to $55,000. 

Source: Bybt

Altcoins also suffer 

Bitcoin may have accounted for the majority of liquidations on Sunday, however it seems altcoins were not spared either. Ethereum accounted for $1.16 billion in losses, while XRP accounted for $496 million. DOGE, ADA, and FIL all saw liquidations ranging from $205 million to $183 million respectively. 

The top 10 all saw huge losses on Sunday, with double digit drops seen on all coins, even after slight recoveries. XRP, BCH, LTC, and DOT all saw declines above 20% on Sunday. 

Source: CoinGecko


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