Crypto markets took a hit Tuesday as $2 billion was lost to ‘liquidations,’ data from multiple sources shows. Bitcoin fell to under $38,500 on some exchanges, reaching levels last seen in February this year.
‘Liquidations’ occur when traders borrow excess capital from brokerages/exchanges (i.e., ‘margin’ or trading futures) to place bigger bets on the assets they trade.
They pay a fixed fee for doing so, while exchanges close out these positions at a predetermined price—when the trader’s collateral is equal to the loss on that position. Such a trade is then said to be liquidated.
As per analytics tool Bybt, over $2 billion worth of cryptocurrencies were lost in such liquidations in the past day. Of that, $911 million came from Bitcoin trades alone, $462 million from Ethereum trades, and $120 million from XRP trades.
$71 million worth of ‘meme coin’ Dogecoin was liquidated as well, and layer-2 network Polygon (MATIC) saw a $40 million hit too.
Futures exchange Bybit took the bulk of those liquidations with over $534 million in rekt trades, followed by Huobi’s $521 million. 83% of all traders were ‘long’ their assets, meaning they borrowed capital to bet on even higher prices.
Overall, over 297,260 traders were liquidated, with the largest single liquidation order occurring on Bybit: an Ethereum (ETH) with the value of $12.25 million.
China FUD behind Bitcoin drop?
As such, the drop seemed to come after a Reuters article suggested China was, once again, banning crypto services among its citizens with new laws. The development was, however, not an official, government-issued stance.
— Bitcoin Association 香港比特幣協會 (@bitcoinorghk) May 18, 2021
Meanwhile, Bitcoin slightly recovered in the early hours to over $40,000, over $1,500 up from a wick down to $38,500 last night. It, however, as the below image shows, remains in a downtrend, but rests at a ‘resistance’ near the $39,800 price level.
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