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Big players wind down positions in bitcoin futures on CBOE

Over the week ending July 10, the number of open contracts for bitcoin futures on the CBOE decreased from 5,254 to 5,225, according to a report filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

The net short position held by the bigger players decreased from 1,740 to 1,655 contracts. Long positions has recovered from 2,456 to 2,266 contracts, short positions decreased from 4,196 to 4,121. The net short position held by the institutional investors decreased from 293 to 158 contracts.

As for the smaller players, their net long position over the week was up from 1,501 to 1,455 contracts. Long positions decreased from 2,281 to 2,254 contracts. Short positions has recovered from 780 to 799 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.

The figures reflected in the text are based on the data from the report filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published on July 10, 2018. 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.

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