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Liquidity Crisis: A Post Mortem of Yesterday’s Events

Sep 8, 2021 · 4 min read

By Ashwath Balakrishnan

Market Update

The last 24 hours have been chaotic for crypto markets, with a liquidity crisis causing some of the sharpest candle wicks we’ve ever seen. After yesterday’s events, L1 tokens are rebounding the hardest with NEAR and ALGO outperforming everything by a mile, and LUNA not too far behind them.

Was the Market Over-leveraged?

$4B and $3.6B of BTC and ETH open interest were respectively wiped out yesterday. BTC’s open interest ran up from its local low of $10B in Jul. 2021 to over $18B a few days ago. An 8B rise in OI, and half of that was wiped out yesterday. If you look at the absolute open interest levels, it’s quite clear we were growing too fast. But looking at open interest growth relative to market cap helps us discern if leveraged traders were getting ahead of themselves and piling into positions before BTC had the chance to move. This wasn’t exactly the case, as the OI/Market Cap ratio suggests we never really hit

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