Bitcoin no longer in ‘easy mode’ — expect a leverage wipeout, observers warn

Traders with leveraged positions in Bitcoin (BTC) could be in for a nasty surprise as the cryptocurrency faces a critical crossroads, which could see the price bounce in different directions, analysts warn. 

“The market was in easy mode, but right now clearly there’s too much leverage and market makers are having a field day exploiting high emotions and degenerate behavior,” pseudonymous crypto trader HoneyBadger said in an April 11 post on X.

“Market makers are having the best time ever chopping everyone up,” he added.

Data from CoinGlass shows that $39 million worth of leveraged positions in Bitcoin were liquidated over the past 24 hours, with a total of $18.38 million in long positions and $20.62 million in short positions.

HoneyBadger pointed to the Bitcoin price chart, which appears to be forming a symmetrical triangle, indicating a neutral pattern, unlike a bullish ascending or bearish descending triangle which traders can use to make better judgments of its direction.

Source: HoneyBadger

He believes traders might prematurely interpret it as a “retest of the triangle,” prompting them to enter long positions with high confidence. He warns these traders could be caught off guard with a fakeout — when the price briefly moves out of a chart pattern but quickly retracts.

Mechanism Capital co-founder Andrew Kang is more optimistic, believing the upward trend will continue into new all-time highs following the Bitcoin halving on April 20.

“I expect BTC to touch $80K by May,” he said in an April 11 post on X.

Bitcoin is currently trading at $70,500, having tested its support level of $68,500 three times in the past week, as per CoinMarketCap data.

Bitcoin’s price has hovered between $66,100 and $72,520 over the past 7 days. Source: CoinMarketCap

On April 10, Bitcoin’s price briefly dropped 3% below the support level following the release of United States inflation data, which disappointed many observers.

Recently, the market witnessed a sudden 5% drawdown in the price of Bitcoin from $69,450 to $65,970 on April 2, which saw $50 million of Bitcoin long positions liquidated.

Source: Ben Werkman

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