Over the week ending November 27, the number of open contracts for bitcoin futures on the CBOE recovered from 3,476 to 3,796 according to a report filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
The net short position held by the big players recovered from 1,199 to 1,202 contracts. Long positions increased from 1,598 to 1,852 contracts, short positions recovered from 2,797 to 3,054. Institutional investors short positions are 150 contracts.
As for the small players, their net long position over the week increased from 1,199 to 1,202 contracts. Long positions recovered from 1,653 to 1,726 contracts. Short positions build up from 454 to 524 contracts.
By the big 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, 2017, followed by the CME Group on December 18, 2017.
When assessing the difference in short and long positions of big 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.
The information in this text is provided to you for informational purposes only and should not be regarded as an offer or solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any investments or related services that may be referenced here. Please be aware that short selling strategy implies high risks.