The difference between longs and shorts in Bitcoin is almost at an all-time high. However, this signal has not always been reliable — giving different outcomes on several occasions.

After a mediocre start, interest in the Bakkt Bitcoin futures platform has started to pick up. Trade volume reached an all-time high on November 28, topping $42.5 million. This is a stark contrast to its September debut when the low levels of volume were a cause for disappointment for many observers.

The volume on exchanges has also been high, mostly tilting towards buying rather than selling orders. This can be further intensified if the current regulatory constraints in Germany that prohibit banks from offering services related to Bitcoin are lifted, as several reports have indicated, giving people and institutions easier access to trading cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin trader and analyst @runtheirstops noted that the number of longs minus shorts is quickly approaching an all-time high, with high volume on the Bitfinex exchange. Additionally, he suggests that this same occurrence was the signal that indicated 2018 high. Will the same thing happen again? Let’s take a closer look.

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Bitcoin Long Orders

The number of Bitcoin longs on Bitfinex has fluctuated between 19,000 and 38,000 since September 2017. The higher values have been reached in April 2018 and January 2019.

The Bitcoin price was near $10,000 in April and a decrease followed afterward. On the other hand, it was below $4000 in January before beginning the current upward move.

The smallest number of longs was recorded in January 2018 and May 2019. January represented the all-time high price, while on May the price was in the midst of an upward move.

Therefore, just looking at the longs and the Bitcoin price does not reveal a relationship between the two.

Bitcoin Short Orders

The number of shorts has been between 8,00 and 40,000 until July of this year when they dropped to 6000.

The highest amount of shorts was recorded in April 2018, slightly before an upward move to $10,000.

Since May, the number of shorts has been very small, below that of January 2018. Besides the opportunity for a short squeeze, leading to a Bitcoin price increase when the number of shorts is high, looking at them does not give us a clear relationship between them and the Bitcoin price.

Relationship Between Longs and Shorts

Until now the difference between longs and shorts has been at its highest on four occasions.

  • December 2017
  • July 2018
  • March 2019
  • September 2019

All of them resulted in decreases, except for March 2019, after which the price began an upward move. The current difference is the highest it has ever been.

The very high number of longs allows for the possibility of a long squeeze in which a rapid price decrease causes them to be liquidated. However, the previous history shows that the signal cannot be irrefutably used to make a prediction.

Disclaimer: This article is not trading advice and should not be construed as such. Always consult a trained financial professional before investing in cryptocurrencies, as the market is particularly volatile.