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Dogecoin Open Interest Exceeded $1.4 Billion

05 Mar, 2024 Coin news

Dogecoin Open Interest Exceeded $1.4 Billion

Dogecoin has been a central figure in the meme coin craze for over a decade, consistently showcasing remarkable gains, like its recent 95% surge within just one week.

However, this rally has coincided with Dogecoin reaching a record-high futures open interest of $1.4 billion, sparking concerns about potentially excessive optimism among investors.

Some analysts suggest that an altcoin season wouldn't feel complete without a surge in DOGE prices, given its history and impressive $24 billion market capitalization, placing it among the top 10 cryptocurrencies.

Technical analysts observe similarities between Dogecoin's current behavior and its past bull markets, noting instances of explosive gains following periods of consolidation lasting about 22 months.

They cite examples such as a user's post on a social network platform.

It's worth noting that when examining price charts in logarithmic scale, past price fluctuations may appear minimized, potentially leading to overlooking significant surges like the 120% increase in July 2020 or the 145% gains in October 2022.

Additionally, defining a bull market can be contentious, considering periods of significant corrections such as a 67% decline in 40 days in June and July 2017, and a 47% retracement in February 2021.

Despite the recent surge in Dogecoin's weekly gains, which some speculate might mark the beginning of a bull run, it's noteworthy that Dogecoin's futures open interest has never surpassed $1 billion before.

Previous ventures above $550 million open interest have typically preceded sharp price corrections.

This suggests either a significant shift in leverage demand or excessive optimism among retail investors regarding bullish momentum.

Although Dogecoin's current $1.4 billion open interest is substantially higher than previous peaks, Dogecoin is still trading significantly below its all-time high.

This indicates a surge in leverage interest unseen before, whether measured in U.S. dollar value or in DOGE terms.

However, attributing this increase solely to retail traders speculating on price increases requires further examination.

Increased demand for Dogecoin's futures open interest could stem from institutional players using DOGE's price as a proxy for the altcoin market.

Alternatively, large investors might be shorting Dogecoin while simultaneously opening long positions on other meme coins.

These scenarios differ significantly from retail traders' typical speculative use of leverage and may not necessarily pose risks.

To gain a comprehensive understanding of leverage usage, one must analyze perpetual contracts, which adjust rates every eight hours to meet demand. A positive funding rate indicates bulls are seeking additional leverage.

Data reveals that Dogecoin's futures funding rate has surged to the highest levels in over 18 months, at 0.11%, equivalent to 2.3% per week.

While rates above 1% per week may signal excessive optimism, such thresholds shouldn't immediately be seen as unhealthy.

During bull runs, even market makers and whales may face temporary liquidity shortages, lasting a few weeks.

As these entities replenish their funds, the funding rate typically normalizes, not necessarily due to a price correction.

Comparatively, funding rates for other coins like Bitcoin, Solana, and XRP hover around 1.5% per week, suggesting an overheated cryptocurrency market overall.

Therefore, labeling Dogecoin as a leading indicator for a sharp correction in the meme coin sector based solely on its current leverage seems unsubstantiated.

Sources:

https://cointelegraph.com/news/dogecoin-doge-open-interest-tops-1-4b-is-it-time-for-memecoins-to-correct

https://twitter.com/ali_charts/status/1762004965349113863

https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/dogecoin/

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