The primary route by which trading in the bitcoin futures might influence the price pattern in the spot market is psychological, according to the experts whose works I have studied. There is at least one other route; but this will be the topic of another post.
The statistical charts above and below indicate that the Big Boys trading the bitcoin futures are at this time not seeing another big price spurt in bitcoin before the middle of next year.
Indeed the profile of the curves does not suggest that these institutional traders are bullish in terms of the near-term future. Notice, how trading tended to start at the High for each month (the Open price) and then was mostly done at lower values.
However, there are two caveats to keep in mind.
First, the pattern that is shown here is highly sensitive to disruption from the arrival of consequential news. Second, there is a huge variance in the contract volume as we go further out in time from January to June (see Chart 1 above), which means that we fail to have a decent random sampling of sentiment as we move forward among the months.
In the second chart, I have simulated what the pattern would look like if the range around the midpoint value for each month was the same as it was for the month of January. This is a just a wild guess, however.
I will be posting update charts as soon as feasible after the CME publishes the data as at 4:30 PM of the next trading day. What will be most interesting is to have a series of about five days to study how to profile of trading by these Big Boys shifts.
This could be the most useful indicator of their sentiment, once again subject to the caveat that the arrival of consequential news can quickly disrupt the patterns already shown in the data.
I’m not trading bitcoin futures, you say”? Read on, all the same.
Whether or not we are planning to trade bitcoin futures, it is important to be sensitive to the potential linkages between what the Big Boys are doing in the futures market and what the rest of us might be doing in the spot market. Thus, some basic education about the nature of the futures market is in order.
For this purpose, I invite you to hop over click here to the Arawak_InfoSYS “Knowledge Repository”, where you will see abstracts from the best available texts and videos that provide basic education about the bitcoin futures.
At the “Knowledge Repository”, you will get a quick overview of the contents of the articles and videos by inspecting their lists of main points (their abstracts). Beside the text of each abstract, a link takes you to the original source document.
The abstracts are currently classified under the following subject headings.
- Basic education about bitcoin futures contracts at the CME
- The relative frequency of selling versus buying futures contracts
- How can the actions of futures traders affect the spot price of bitcoin?
- Impact of futures trading on bitcoin’s price volatility
An update is being made, and it will entail adding three new sub-headings for articles and videos. You have all these closely related documents nicely “curated and collected” at the same Internet URL, and the collection will be increased periodically.
So, this URL will be a “go to” place for those who wish to find a helpful assembly of abstracts and links to the most useful published thinking about key aspects of the impacts of bitcoin futures trading on the price pattern of the underlying bitcoin asset ( the pattern of the so-called “spot price”).
Thus do remember to click here to get to the Knowledge Repository. At this posting there are eight articles or videos, and about six more will be added over the next day or so.
P.S. This is all “green content’. You will not find it anywhere on the Internet, except at Arawak InfoSYS’s marketstatsanalytics.com.