Cryptocurrency markets have seen a significant surge in options trading, with Deribit’s (BTC) options reaching an unprecedented $15 billion last week. The platform has cemented its dominance, commanding an 87% market share in the BTC options space.
This milestone comes amid increased strategic trading activities and a rise in implied volatility. The uptick in options trading volume has now surpassed that of futures, marking a notable shift in trader preference. According to Paradigm, there has been aggressive positioning for bullish outcomes, while Amberdata highlighted large block trades and the execution of straddle strategies.
These strategies aim to capitalize on premium gains during periods of heightened volatility, such as those experienced in the summer months. Despite the record-setting pace, open interest—a measure of active contracts—saw a slight dip to $13.8 billion on Friday. This decline came even as Bitcoin’s price made a substantial leap from $25,000 to $38,000.
Market optimism seems to be buoyed by the anticipation of approval for a spot bitcoin ETF, contributing to the bullish sentiment. Ether (ETH) options also experienced growth in open interest, reaching $6.83 billion. While this is a significant increase, it has not yet surpassed the record levels seen following ‘s transition to a proof-of-stake protocol.
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