Bitcoin options open interest reaches all-time high of $15 billion on Deribit

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  • Open interest for bitcoin options on Deribit hit an all-time high of over $15 billion in the past 24 hours, according to Deribit’s data.
  • An increase in open interest signals higher liquidity and more market participants.

In the last 24 hours, open interest for bitcoin options on the Deribit crypto options and futures exchange reached an all-time high, surpassing $15 billion.

"Total open interest in bitcoin options surpassed that of BTC +2.03% futures for the first time. This shift signifies the market's maturation and growing sophistication," noted Deribit Chief Commercial Officer Luuk Strijers.

He added that on Deribit, which holds an 85% market share in bitcoin options, "there is currently a record-breaking $15 billion in notional open interest in BTC options."

The data from Deribit corresponds with that from The Block's data dashboard. The total bitcoin options open interest across cryptocurrency exchanges has reached an all-time high of $16.49 billion, it shows.

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Strijers added that the increase in open interest to a new all-time high is evidence of the cryptocurrency market's evolving complexity. "This development underscores the increasing preference for options as a strategic tool among traders, whether for positioning, hedging, or leveraging the recent surge in implied volatility. It's clear evidence of the market's evolving complexity," he said.

An increase in open interest signals a highly liquid market with many participants. Open interest refers to the total number of outstanding options contracts that have not been exercised. When there is an increase in open interest, it suggests an increase in sophisticated trader activity, with new contracts being created and added to the existing ones.

While higher open interest can suggest greater interest in a specific asset and increased market activity, it doesn't provide information about the direction of the market or whether the prevailing sentiment is bullish or bearish.

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Brian McGleenon is a UK-based markets reporter for The Block. He has worked as a financial journalist and producer for multiple news outlets over the years, such as Fuji Television, The Independent, Yahoo Finance, The Evening Standard, and The Daily Express. Brian is also a screenwriter and producer with one feature film produced and one in development with Northern Ireland Screen. Apart from web3 and cryptocurrency developments, he is also interested in geopolitics, environmental issues, artificial intelligence, and longevity research. Get in touch via email [email protected].


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