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Crypto regulation is coming, but Bitcoin traders are still buying the dip

Looking at the Bitcoin orchestration from a weekly or daily perspective presents a surly outlook and it’s well-spoken that (BTC) price has been unceasingly making lower lows since hitting an all-time upper at $69,000.

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Bitcoin/USD on FTX. Source: TradingView

Curiously, the Nov. 10 price peak happened right as the United States spoken that inflation has hit a 30-year high, but, the mood quickly reversed without fears related to China-based real manor developer Evergrande defaulting on its loans. This appears to have impacted the broader market structure.

Traders are still wrung of stablecoin regulation

This initial touching-up phase was quickly followed by relentless pressure from regulators and policy makers on stablecoin issuers. First came VanEck’s spot Bitcoin ETF rejection by the U.S. Securities and Mart Commission on Nov. 12. The withholding was directly related to the view that Tether’s (USDT) stablecoin was not solvent and concerns over Bitcoin’s price manipulation.

On Dec. 14, the U.S. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee held a hearing on stablecoins focused on consumer protection and their risks and on Dec. 17, the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) voiced its concern over stablecoin adoption and other digital assets. “The Council recommends that state and federal regulators review misogynist regulations and tools that could be unromantic to digital assets,” said the report.

The worsening mood from investors was reflected in the CME’s Bitcoin futures contracts premium. The metric measures the difference between longer-term futures contracts to the current spot price in regular markets.

Whenever this indicator fades or turns negative, this is an viperous red flag. This situation is moreover known as backwardation and indicates that surly sentiment is present.

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Bitcoin CME 2-month forward contract premium versus Coinbase/USD. Source: TradingView

These fixed-month contracts usually trade at a slight premium, indicating that sellers are requesting increasingly money to withhold settlement for longer. Futures should trade at a 0.5% to 2% annualized premium in healthy markets, a situation known as contango.

Notice how the indicator moved unelevated the “neutral” range without Dec. 9 as Bitcoin traded unelevated $49,000. This shows that institutional traders are displaying a lack of confidence, although it is not yet a surly structure.

Top traders are increasing their bullish bets

Exchange-provided data highlights traders’ long-to-short net positioning. By analyzing every client’s position on the spot, perpetual and futures contracts, one can largest understand whether professional traders are leaning bullish or bearish.

There are occasional discrepancies in the methodologies between variegated exchanges, so viewers should monitor changes instead of wool figures.

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Exchanges top traders Bitcoin long-to-short ratio. Source: Coinglass.com

Despite Bitcoin’s 19% correction since Dec. 3, top traders at Binance, Huobi, and OKEx have increased their leverage longs. To be increasingly precise, Binance was the only mart facing a modest reduction in the top traders’ long-to-short ratio. The icon moved from 1.09 to 1.03. However, this impact was increasingly than compensated by OKEx traders increasing their bullish bets from 1.51 to 2.91 in two weeks.

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The lack of a premium in CME 2-month future contracts should not be considered a ‘red alert’ considering Bitcoin is currently testing the $46,000 resistance, its lowest daily tropical since Oct. 1. Furthermore, top traders at derivatives exchanges have increased their longs despite the price drop.

Regulatory pressure probably won’t lift up in the short term, but at the same time, there’s not much that the U.S. government can do to suppress stablecoin issuance and transactions. These companies can move outside of the U.S. and operate using dollar-denominated immuration and resources instead of cash. For this reason, currently, there is whimsically a sense of panic present in the market and from data shows, pro traders are ownership the dip.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should self-mastery your own research when making a decision.

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