Over the week ending May 8, the number of open contracts for bitcoin futures on the CBOE increased from 5,816 to 6,295, according to a new report filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
The net short position held by the bigger players went up from 1,741 to 1,801 contracts over the period, as both long and short positions increased, from 3,143 to 3,465 contracts and from 4,884 to 5,266 contracts, respectively. The net long position held by the institutional investors was up from 144 to 166 contracts.
As for the smaller players, their net long position over the week fell from 1,829 to 1,597 contracts, whereas long positions declined from 2,329 to 2,308 contracts while short positions decreased as well, from 732 to 673 contracts.
By the bigger players we here mean the participants obliged to submit regular reports to the commission, including brokers, externally financed investment funds, and others.
The figures above do not take into account the positions that are part of spread trading strategies, where traders open both short and long positions simultaneously.
The CBOE began trading bitcoin futures on December 10, followed by the CME Group on December 18.
When assessing the difference in short and long positions of large and small players, it should be borne in mind that a short position in the bitcoin futures market does not necessarily mean that the trader’s forecast for the price of the underlying asset is negative.