Bitcoin’s Sudden Plunge Erases Over $1 Billion in Market Speculation

Last Updated on March 6, 2024

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Key Takeaways:

  • Bitcoin’s price fell 14% hours after reaching a new all-time high, causing over $1 billion in losses for traders using leverage.
  • Open interest on Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Solana plunged significantly, with Bitcoin losing $1.46 billion (12%), Ethereum $967 million (15%), and Solana $424 million (20%).
  • The crash removed “speculative excess” from the market, predominantly affecting traders who had taken long positions anticipating Bitcoin to sustain above $70,000.
  • The liquidation of short positions also contributed to the market’s downturn as Bitcoin briefly surpassed its previous high.
  • Following the plunge, approximately 296,263 traders were liquidated, leading to $1.05 billion in total liquidations across the market.
  • Despite the downturn, such corrections are viewed as normal within the volatile cryptocurrency market dynamics.

Billions in leverage vanished from the cryptocurrency market as Bitcoin experienced a 14% drop within hours, erasing its briefly achieved new all-time high.

Crypto traders, employing options and futures to bet on Bitcoin, faced a significant loss of $1 billion following the digital currency’s sharp decline from its peak of $69,200 on March 5.

An analysis by on-chain analytics firm Santiment highlighted a notable decrease in total open interest (OI) across Bitcoin, Ethereum (ETH), and Solana (SOL) on exchanges, following the Bitcoin peak.

The detailed impact showed Bitcoin’s open interest dropping by $1.46 billion (12%), Ether’s by $967 million (15%), and Solana’s by $424 million (20%), illustrating the massive scale of the market’s contraction.

This plunge came right after Bitcoin set a slight new record high, marginally surpassing its previous November 2021 peak of $69,044. The bulk of this market activity stemmed from traders who had taken long positions, speculating Bitcoin would not only hit but sustain above the $70,000 mark.

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A portion of the market’s flush resulted from the liquidation of short positions as Bitcoin reached its new high, indicating a removal of “speculative excess” from the marketplace, according to Santiment.

Open interest—a measure of market participation in derivatives like futures and options—had reached all-time highs in the weeks leading up to this event, driven by increased speculation on Bitcoin’s price direction.

Despite the market’s initial reaction to Bitcoin’s drop, industry voices on X (formerly Twitter) reassured that such derivatives market corrections are commonplace in cryptocurrency price dynamics.

Notably, ‘Daan Crypto Trades’ highlighted the significant washout of long positions following the brief new high, with around $3 billion in Open Interest wiped out.

Data from Coinglass reported approximately 296,263 traders were liquidated, leading to total liquidations of $1.05 billion over a 24-hour window, underscoring the volatile nature of cryptocurrency markets.

coinglass data showing over 1 billion worth of liquidations
Data showing over 1 billion worth of liquidations. Source: CoinGlass

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