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Bitcoin In Backwardation

By Mati GreenspanCryptocurrencyJan 16, 2019 07:54AM ET
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Bitcoin In Backwardation
By Mati Greenspan   |  Jan 16, 2019 07:54AM ET
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One of the joys of having a futures market is the ability to understand what investors are thinking about the future of the price. For bitcoin, it doesn't seem so great at the moment.

As we can see, the contracts for the bitcoin futures on the CBOE are currently in backwardation, meaning that contracts with a later expiration are trading consecutively lower.

Cboe XBT Bitcoin
Cboe XBT Bitcoin

Of course, something like this might have made me nervous on a normal day, but then I remembered that oil futures were trading in contango (opposite of backwardation) before the prices collapsed back in October.

Also, the volumes here are kind of silly. I mean, 227 BTC (less than $1 million) trading on a contract that expires today. Sure, the title is catchy but what can we really learn from this?

Today's Highlights

Shutdown: Day 26

Day's to Brexit: 72

Constantinople Delayed

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of January 16th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

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You may have noticed that we're now including a countdown to Brexit in the highlights section, right next to the US government shutdown counter. I think they fit together neatly. Two governments descending into a state of turmoil over political wrangling.

Today, Theresa May's government will see the ultimate test. If she loses the vote of no confidence, the UK heads to new elections... again.

Over in the East, China decided to inject the market with a record level of stimulus. Yesterday's tax cuts may have been insufficient to maintain growth, so they've gone the route of free cash for the market.

China
China

In addition, it seems the Institue of International Finance has made a rather shocking estimation. It seems our entire economic system, from our homes to places of work and our governments are increasingly reliant on debt.

Sectroal Debt
Sectroal Debt

Given all the above, it's no wonder that the European Central Bank is now sounding a new alarm.

Darghi
Darghi

Don't worry about any of this though. The stock markets are up today. Hope the earnings reports from the financial sector go well.

Ethereum Upgrade Delayed

After all the excitement, the crypto community was disappointed to hear last night that the long-awaited Constantinople upgrade has been delayed once again.

It seems a critical bug was found at the last minute and the lead developers pulled the plug. Here we can see the crypto market, led by Ethereum, dropping moments after the announcement was made

Ethereum
Ethereum

We're seeing a bit of a recovery this morning but that was really scary. I mean, it's good that they caught the bug before going live but the fact that it came within 30 hours of the upgrade is a bit nervewracking.

These things do happen, virtually all major platforms including Windows, Android, and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Operating systems, have seen critical bugs before. Though it would be possible to release a patch, fork the network again, and return to normal, that kind of process could in itself have done irreparable damage.

We hope that Constantinople whenever it is ready, goes through without any additional hitches.

@MatiGreenspan

eToro, Senior Market Analyst

Disclosure: This content is for information and educational purposes only and should not be considered investment advice or an investment recommendation. Past performance is not an indication of future results. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you're prepared to lose.

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