Bitcoin’s epic $7.5B long squeeze just made BTC price more bullish — Here’s why

May 19’s price crash within the Bitcoin (BTC) spot market wiped about $7.56 billion value of long-leveraged positions from cryptocurrency derivatives markets.

Leveraged bullish traders winded up round $7.5 billion in longs on May 19. Source: Bybt

The occasion marked the largest bullish leverage wipeout since March 2020. Retail and institutional traders borrowed from main exchanges to amplify their potential returns.

But a sudden reversal in Bitcoin spot charges, reportedly led by Elon Musk’s anti-Bitcoin tweets over the weekend and fueled by China’s reiteration of a ban on crypto transactions, blew up bulls’ leverage ratios. That led to a so-called liquidity cascade within the derivatives market.

In conventional markets, traders use money as collateral to again their leveraged bets, however the cryptocurrency business permits Bitcoin-backed collateral. So, when BTC costs fall, their draw back transfer catches bullish merchants — ones with leveraged positions on larger BTC costs — on the flawed foot.

The occasion led many analysts to simmer down their bullish bias within the Bitcoin market, with Scott Minerd, chief funding officer of Guggenheim Partners, referring to crypto as “Tulipmania.” Earlier, the Wall Street government had known as for a $600,000 price goal for Bitcoin.

But the mind-boggling long liquidation occasion has not made everybody bearish. On the opposite, some analysts have highlighted the wipeout as a catalyst for the subsequent large bullish setup within the Bitcoin market.

For occasion, pseudonymous dealer “Twitterati CL207” posted a long thread on Twitter explaining why he thinks a drop in open curiosity has made Bitcoin stronger within the long run.


Twitterati CL207 highlighted the function of market makers in operating a cryptocurrency derivatives platform. The analyst defined how their methods assisted in transferring Bitcoin from weaker arms to stronger arms through the May 19 dip.

In retrospect, the Bitcoin futures market is usually excessively long. That prompts market makers to achieve publicity on the opposite facet of the bullish trades. So, they open brief positions.

But that doesn’t essentially make the liquidity suppliers bearish. They favor to again up their brief positions by hedging in spot markets by buying BTC or different bullish derivatives publicity (choices, futures, perpetual swaps, and so forth.)

“Sometimes,” stated Twitterati CL207, “there’s hedge/short demand hitting the market maker too so that the market maker can sell their shorts back to them, but generally in crypto, its long-biased, and thus market maker holds [the] spot as collateral to their shorts.”

The analyst added that market makers purchase spot cash in opposition to excessive leverage demand from bulls, noting that leveraged long place holders are “the weakest possible hands” — most weak to liquidations ought to the spot Bitcoin fee flip decrease.

When the long liquidation happens, market makers shut their shorts in opposition to them to supply liquidity. They additionally promote their spot positions to stay impartial.

The dealer defined what occurred on May 19 when roughly $5 billion value of long positions was liquidated as Bitcoin’s price fell from practically $40,000 to $30,000 inside three hours. But then, the BTC/USD trade fee quickly recovered back to $40,000.

At the identical time, the Bitcoin futures open curiosity didn’t observe the spot price restoration.

Bitcoin price recovers whereas futures’ open curiosity stays low. Source: TradingView

“This means we just had the most significant weak hands to strong hands transfer in probably since March 12, 2020,” famous Twitterati CL207, including that sturdy arms with actual money purchased BTC on a budget from market makers. He stated:

“These coins have now transferred from short-term leverage speculators to real cash buyers.”

Who are the sturdy Bitcoin arms?

Meanwhile, analyst Willy Woo wrote in his newest e-newsletter that long-term prospects within the Bitcoin market stay wholesome, reiterating what fellow dealer Twitterati CL207 highlighted in his Twitter thread: that the cash are going into the pockets of long-term traders.

A long-term investor within the Bitcoin market, or a “hodler,” is usually an entity that sees the cryptocurrency as a hedge in opposition to fiat currencies. Capital injection insurance policies undertaken by Western central banks to cushion the affect of coronavirus pandemic on their economies have raised fears of inflation.

For occasion, the United States Federal Reserve introduced final 12 months that it desires to push inflation above 2%. The central financial institution has been sustaining a coverage of near-zero rates of interest and has been shopping for $120 billion value of presidency bonds and mortgage-backed securities each month.

“There is no need for Bitcoin to replace fiat currencies to maintain value completely,” said Vincenzo Furcillo, a danger analyst at Seeking Alpha. He added:

“Despite the possible volatility, the projections show a positive skew over the next five years. In small proportions, Bitcoin should find space as a strategic investment in the portfolio of investors looking to hedge to upcoming inflation.”