Cryptocurrencies were mostly lower on Wednesday as bitcoin traded in a tight range around $56,000. Technical indicators suggest downside is limited around the $53,000 support level, which could keep buyers active toward $60,000 resistance.
Trading volume is expected to decline over the next few days, especially on the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday Thursday. Still, some analysts expect volatility to increase in the bitcoin and ether options market as November comes to a close.
Rising volatility could cause sharp price moves over the next few days, which could discourage buyers from holding onto positions for an extended period.
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Bitcoin (BTC): $57,420, -0.65%Ether (ETH): $4,271, -2.51%S&P 500: $4,701, +0.23%Gold: $1,788, -0.12%10-year Treasury yield closed at 1.63%
“The market as a whole will stay rangebound in the short term. BTC has failed above $60K a few times and it will take some doing to break through that level,” Pankaj Balani, CEO of Delta Exchange, a crypto derivatives trading platform, wrote in an email to CoinDesk.
“We should expect downward pressure and higher volatility on all risky assets including BTC, but $1 trillion market capitalization level (currently around $53K BTC) should hold as a good support for bitcoin in the short term,” Balani wrote.
Prepare for higher volatility
Some analysts expect an increase in bitcoin and ether options volatility, which means sharp price movements could occur over the next few days.
Bitcoin’s daily implied volatility has declined since May and could be set for a near-term rise from relatively low levels. “Unlike traditional equities markets, where price volatility generally occurs to the downside, bitcoin can express significant price volatility in both directions due to leveraged perpetual futures trading,” crypto asset manager Two Prime wrote in a report earlier this week.
Additionally, “with bitcoin leverage ratios still relatively high, further price declines could set off a cascade of liquidations which could see bitcoin rapidly test its 100-day moving average (currently around $53K BTC),” Two Prime wrote.
Similar to bitcoin, ether’s volatility has also trended lower, albeit with greater swings. This is likely due to more speculative interest in the options market for ETH relative to BTC.
As shown in the chart above, “when implied volatility (options market expectations of future volatility) is substantially higher than realized volatility (the actual price fluctuation during past trading ranges), an increase in the latter is usually around the corner and long volatility options positions pay exponential returns,” Two Prime wrote.
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Most digital assets in the CoinDesk 20 ended the day lower.
Notable winners as of 21:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. ET):
Bitcoin cash (BCH): +5.53%
Cardano (ADA): -7.24%Uniswap (UNI): -6.66%Polkado (DOT): -5.63%