• Nearly 80% of long positions across derivatives exchanges were liquidated, posting over $300 million in losses. 
  • The crypto market suffered a bloodbath on December 27, 2021, triggering liquidation of over 109,000 traders’ positions. 
  • Bitcoin and Ethereum futures were hit the hardest, followed by Solana and Terra on Binance and FTX. 

The crypto market crash on Monday triggered cascading liquidations in futures across derivatives exchanges. Assets with the highest market capitalization were hit the hardest in the bloodbath. 

Altcoin futures suffer lower losses compared to Bitcoin and Ethereum

The crypto bloodbath on December 27, 2021 triggered $300 million in futures liquidations based on data from derivatives data-analytics platform Coinglass. A liquidation is triggered when there is a loss of a trader’s initial margin in a position. 

Binance derivatives witnessed $119 million worth of liquidations. Over 109,000 positions were liquidated as Bitcoin price tumbled below $52,000. 

Historically, mass liquidation of futures contracts is indicative of a bear market in the underlying asset

Bitcoin futures worth $94 million were liquidated following the price drop. Of the total liquidations, 80% occurred in long positions, representing traders betting on a price rally in Bitcoin

Liquidated futures contracts of layer-1 projects Solana and Terra accounted for $9 million.

@lightcrypto, a cryptocurrency analyst believes that exchanges with a high concentration of retail traders suffer cascading liquidations. 

@AltcoinSherpa, a pseudonymous cryptocurrency analyst, is of the opinion that Bitcoin revisits the lows following mass liquidation events. The recent Bitcoin futures liquidation could therefore be followed by further drop in price of the asset. 

FXStreet analysts have predicted that Bitcoin price could retest key resistance at $50,000 and try to advance towards $53,000. 


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