No products in the cart.
Flippening Forewarning? Ether Options Overtake Bitcoin As The Top Crypto To Trade
Ether options have been trading for a much shorter time compared to Bitcoin options, but the former has done an impressive job catching up with its predecessor. Bitcoin had dominated as the leading crypto options asset in the space, with billions pouring into it. However, the tide had begun to turn in the 3rd quarter of 2022 when an important update about the Ethereum Merge triggered a surge in interest for Ether options.
Ether Options Surpass Bitcoin
Ether options debuted in the market back in January 2020, and it has enjoyed steady growth since then. However, no matter how much Ether options had grown, bitcoin options remained higher with open interest in crypto pouring into the pioneer cryptocurrency. Then in July 2022, Ethereum developers made an announcement regarding the network’s upgrade to a proof of stake mechanism, and this would change the game completely.
In July, interest in Ether options had ballooned, leading to a meteoric rise. It had packed at a new all-time high of $8.1 billion, which was more than 50% high than bitcoin at the time, with an open interest of $5.4 billion. From there until the present day, Ether options remain on an impressive uptrend, continuing to surpass bitcoin at each turn.
Public miners sell more BTC than they produced | Source: Arcane Research
The rise puts Ether options trailing at 100% recovery compared to bitcoin, which continues to trail at 70%. It is the first time ever that the open interest in Ethereum has grown larger than that of bitcoin, and it is all thanks to the much-anticipated Ethereum Merge.
Is The Flippening forewarning Imminent?
The “flippening” is a word that has come to mean Ether surpassing bitcoin in value. Mostly, this school of thought has emerged following the fact that the performance of the price of ETH has surpassed that of BTC on a year-to-year basis. Hence, some investors expect the digital asset to flip bitcoin at some point to become more valuable.
There is no set timeline for when the flippening forewarning is expected to happen. However, each time Ether overtakes Bitcoin on any metric, the flippening debates begin. The same has been the case with the ETH options growing larger than BTC.
ETH declines to low $1,800 | Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com
Presently, the price of BTC is still more than 10x that of ETH. So if there is going to be a flippening forewarning, then ETH would have to grow 1,000% while the price of BTC remains unmoved. This is unlikely to happen, given that the market actually moves with the price of BTC.
However, as the Merge draws closer and what is referred to as a “Triple halvening” is imminent, ETH will likely further close the gap between it and bitcoin. This event would see less supply of ETH in the market, giving it a genuinely deflationary model to be able to rival bitcoin’s limited supply.
Featured image from MARCA, charts from Arcane Research and TradingView.com
Follow Best Owie on Twitter for market insights, updates, and the occasional funny tweet…
- September 2022 (417)
- August 2022 (519)
- July 2022 (418)
- June 2022 (416)
- May 2022 (369)
- April 2022 (367)
- March 2022 (505)
- February 2022 (455)
- January 2022 (435)
- December 2021 (428)
- November 2021 (367)
- October 2021 (359)
- September 2021 (357)
- August 2021 (126)
- July 2021 (21)
- June 2021 (19)
- May 2021 (4)
- April 2021 (6)
- March 2021 (23)
- February 2021 (23)
- January 2021 (27)
- August 2020 (1)
- July 2020 (7)
- June 2020 (1)
- April 2020 (2)
- Ethereum Price Broke Out Of Descending Channel, What’s Next?
- Cardano Price Surges, Will The Bulls Hold The Recovery?
- Quant (QNT) Adds 10% In 24 Hours While Macro Uncertainty Pulls Others
- Ripple Outperforming Almost The Whole Market, What’s Pumping XRP Price?
- Maker DAO Shows Bullish Sentiment After A While, Eyes $800?