December 4, 2021

Instability in the crypto market is associated with a change in macroeconomic conditions

Having renewed record highs earlier this month, Bitcoin and other major cryptoassets failed hold on to these levels and return to the rangeprevious consolidation. This can be explained by several potential factors, including both a change in macroeconomic prospects and the state of the crypto market itself.

As for the state of the crypto market, the openInterest in both BTC and ETH has grown steadily over the past few months and has set new all-time highs this past week. "Open Interest" refers to the total amount of active futures contracts for an asset. An increase in open interest implies an increase in the volume of open contracts, which signals an inflow of capital into the market.

BTC open interest (source: Coin Metrics' Formula Builder)

Open interest can often serve as wella good proxy variable for the level of leverage (leverage) in the market, since many futures contracts tend to be leveraged. In part, the rise in open interest in BTC could be attributed to the launch of the first US Bitcoin futures ETF, although it is highly likely that it is largely due to the increase in leverage amid the associated optimism in the market. Rising leverage in the market means that smaller price fluctuations can trigger more volatility by liquidating “over-credited” positions in the futures markets. With the price decline last week, open interest also began to decline due to the pressure on active long positions.

In the short term, additionalthe pressure on the crypto market can also be exerted by changes in macroeconomic conditions. The yields on US bonds, especially short-maturity Treasuries, have surged in recent weeks. On two-year bonds, the yield rose from 0.24% as of September 22 to almost 0.60% as of November 23, amid growing expectations of further interest rate hikes. The appointment of incumbent Fed Chairman Jerome Powell to a second term also boosted yields. Since cryptoassets, like high-growth tech stocks, are generally perceived as risky assets, an increase in the “risk-free” rate can lead to a reallocation of capital in financial markets.

Market yields on 2-year US Treasuries (source: FRED)

However, inflation also continues to rise, and the priceBTC appears to be responding to new inflation data coming from the US. Despite the interrupted BTC uptrend, teams continue to actively build new products, including the new decentralized exchange from Square, which recently published its whitepaper (PDF).

And although the situation on the crypto market may seemturbulent, volatility (as measured by daily log returns over a 90-day moving period) remains relatively low for both BTC and ETH today, and is extremely far from all-time highs recorded earlier this year.

90-day volatility for BTC and ETH (source: Coin Metrics' Formula Builder)

Taproot statistics

On November 14, at block 709 632, it was officiallya Bitcoin update called Taproot has been activated. Taproot brings new scripting support to Bitcoin and lays the foundation for creating new, more complex smart contracts, while enhancing the security and privacy of the network. For detailed and in-depth information about Taproot, I recommend referring to the following articles:

  • Taproot: a new era for Bitcoin
  • Preparing to activate Taproot

The statistics of real use are still very modest: today, a little more than 20 BTC is stored on P2TR outputs.


You can track your current Taproot usage at

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