Bitcoin is on the brink of forming a new record high above $67,000 on Monday having enjoyed a significant breakout just minutes before the weekly candle close.
The world’s largest cryptocurrency is now trading at $65,600 as it looks to establish a level of support above the prior all-time high of $65,000.
Open interest rose by more than $2.6 billion during the recent move to the upside, indicating a sign of confidence as traders take on more leverage.
This does, however, come with its own complications as, when open interest reaches a certain point, it means the market is ripe for a “long squeeze”.
A long squeeze is initiated when price action moves rapidly to the downside, forcing traders to close leveraged long positions, thus causing a cascade of sell pressure.
Trade volume is also intriguingly lower than when Bitcoin first tested these levels back in April, with $35 billion being traded over the past 24-hours compared to $88 billion during its peak in April.
If Bitcoin can begin to move up to the $70,000 mark on convincing volume, the over-leveraged long positions would have a safety buffer that could well prolong the move to the upside, although many traders will begin to become cautious before engaging in a “risk-off” approach.
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In August 2008, the domain name bitcoin.org was registered. On 31st October 2008, a paper was published called “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”. This was authored by Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin. To date, no one knows who this person, or people, are.
The paper outlined a method of using a P2P network for electronic transactions without “relying on trust”. On January 3 2009, the Bitcoin network came into existence. Nakamoto mined block number “0” (or the “genesis block”), which had a reward of 50 Bitcoins.
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