Daily market commentary from 22.10.2020

An overview of what is happening in the crypto markets, summarised daily by Crypto Finance AG Senior Trader Patrick Heusser in the market commentary.

Market commentary

Good Morning!

After a relatively active trading session yesterday, it is time now for some on-chain snooping and a derivatives market check. I am trying to get a feel for how sustainable this upmove actually is.

Let’s start with spot order books (heatmaps) and derivatives stats:

  • Most spot order books have lightened up substantially
  • The Asian exchanges (Binance, OKEx, and Huobi) switched from being large sellers to buyers
  • Europe’s Bitstamp and Kraken both have more buyers (as a remark: they have very well functioning fiat on/off ramps)
  • US Coinbase still has more offers, but this has lightened up substantially (I do not have order book data from Gemini).
  • Over the past 24h we have seen a total of $420 mio liquidations in Bitcoin (BTC) (about 80% of them were short liquidations)


Market commentary

  • The action really was just in BTC. Normally, the ratio between BTC and Ethereum (ETH) liquidations is 3/1 (3x more liquidations in BTC vs. ETH), but yesterday it was over 15x
  • The distribution on platforms/regions was pretty obvious to me since we had been seeing large offers on Binance, Huobi, and OKEx over the past week (plus Binance traders seem to be the most reckless, and usually lead the liquidation board)
  • Overall traded futures volume spiked, which is not unusual for a day like yesterday (remark: with perpetual funding being pretty stable and term basis not moving out a great deal, this indicates to me that the moves we have seen over the past few days was/is spot driven)

Market commentary

  • OI increased, which (in relation to the sizable liquidations) looks pretty healthy to me.

Market commentary

Now, let’s move on to on-chain:

My main focus was to get an idea of whether or not miners (or large holders) were starting to move their bitcoin to exchanges or not. Activities on the blockchain were already visible due to increasing transaction fees.

Market commentary

I am using GlassnodeStudio to do the on-chain analysis, and I broke it down to single exchanges:

OKEx (obvioiusly no outflows), but they show some inflows (which makes sense due to how their trading platform works, and traders might need to move more collateral to their accounts in case they are running a short futures position).

Market commentary

In contrast, Huobi shows some outflows, which is surprising to me.

Market commentary

Binance indicates an increase, which I think is due to margin pledging, but could also be miners or large accounts.

Bitfinex saw some substantial outflows.

BitMEX saw some inflows, which is mainly due to pledging more margin.

Kraken saw some inflows.

Bitstamp saw some pretty large outflows.

Gemini saw very large inflows (which I mostly account for as miners inflow).

Coinbase has substantial outflows.

My conclusion from all of this fragmented data is the following:

My observation of spot exchange order books: some invisible hand (market buyers) pushed prices higher. For over a week we had very asymmetric order book stats, but prices went up anyways. The invisible hand is probably the sum of the positive environment and the positive news we’ve been hearing over the past few weeks. Every setback (e.g. OKEx) was bought up quickly. There were never large buy side orders being placed (which is usually a bad sign for bulls); traders just stepped in and snapped up whatever offer they could get. This ties in nicely with my observation in the derivatives market. It never looked overstreched or overheated. And it still doesn’t.

And last but not least, to me the on-chain data indicates that exchanges had outflows of BTC. Buyers snapped them up on the exchanges and withdraw them to their wallets. All this increases my confidence that the current upmove looks sustainable. Corrections should be bought.

I am not sure how big of a role the OKEx issue has on the global picture. I will monitor this, and adjust my view accordingly.

Happy trading!


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